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Oct
2021

借科技体验“甘榜之旅” 裕廊社区医院病患住院不寂寞 (Bringing Jurong Community Hospital patients on a digital kampong tour)

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​In conjunction with Arts&Health Festival 2021, Jurong Community Hospital organised a virtual kampong tour for 16 patients on 30 September. “Welcome to Our Digital Kampong (Ubi Kayu)” is a pilot programme that will be expanded if feedback is positive. Lee Sze-Chin, an Art Therapist at JCH, explained that the session allowed patients to reminisce their past. A patient said that the virtual tour reminded her of her childhood days.

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16
Aug
2021

What caregivers should take note of when their elderly loved ones suffer from vision impairment

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In this live Mandarin radio interview, Fifiana Tan, Optometrist, Optometry, explained how vision impairment can affect the quality of life in seniors. She also elaborated on the common causes, symptoms and treatment methods.

There was also a concurrent Facebook Live session where Fifiana addressed listeners’ questions on the risk factors of common eye diseases, the considerations for choosing glasses, and how caregivers can help their elderly loved ones manage vision changes.

Registration details of Jurong Community Hospital’s virtual caregiver talk happening on 28 August 2021 were mentioned during the broadcast.

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2
Aug
2021

Healthcare assistant honoured for going beyond the call of duty

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Mr Ilandari Deva Nishantha (Healthcare Assistant, Ward C10, Jurong Community Hospital) always pays close attention to his patients' needs, and is able to connect with unresponsive or uncommunicative patients. Nishantha also helps patients who face issues settling back at home after discharge. Nishantha recently received the Exemplary Service Excellence Award at the Public Sector Transformation Awards 2021 for his outstanding service.

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16
Jul
2021

在家这样做 增强腿部臀部肌肉 (Home exercises to strengthen leg and hip muscles)

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Tou Yu Fang, Physiotherapist, JCH, demonstrated how to do a ‘sit to stand’ exercise which can be easily done at home. She explained that the elderly can do this exercise in three sets of 10 repetitions, and should stop to rest if they feel unwell. If the discomfort persists, see a doctor.

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13
Jul
2021

解惑、鼓励 年长者运动 (Encouraging seniors to exercise)

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​In this Shin Min Daily News feature on how caregivers can encourage their elderly loved ones’ to stay active, Tou Yu Fang, Physiotherapist, JCH, debunked myths related to seniors and exercising. She commented that the elderly can start with simple exercises, and how caregivers can explain the health benefits of keeping fit.

She also suggested that exercising can be a family activity, and gave examples of exercises that less mobile seniors can engage in.

Registration details of JCH’s virtual caregiver talk titled “Helping Your Loved Ones to Exercise and Stay Active” happening on 31 July 2021 are listed in the article.

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15
Jun
2021

从家居到户外 提升年长者的行动力 (Improving seniors’ mobility at home and outdoors)

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zbLOHAS cover story on what caregivers can look out for to improve their elderly loved ones’ mobility at home and outdoors. The article includes tips on fall prevention and improving strength.

Dr Beatrix Wong, Associate Consultant, Division of Geriatric Medicine, NUH, explained that multiple parts of the body work together to keep a person mobile, and listed the possible reasons why a senior may want to seek help from the doctor. She also elaborated on the emergency steps to take if a senior falls at home.

Sonia Kurien, Occupational Therapist, JCH, commented that when choosing an appropriate mobility device, caregivers need to consider factors like the budget, the assistance rendered by caregivers, the distance travelled, whether it fits on public transport and the maintenance of the devices. Caregivers can consult the patient’s doctor who can refer the senior-in-need to an occupational therapist. She also shared that at home, caregivers need to be mindful of their loved ones’ medications and side effects. She provided tips on how to promote a healthy lifestyle at home, emphasising on the importance of proper footwear and home modifications. Outside the house, caregivers can accompany seniors when they are in public spaces to boost their self-confidence so that they are not confined to being at home.

Jeremy Mok, Senior Physiotherapist, AH, commented that fitness corners at HDB estate are equipped with machines that are suited for seniors. Equipment such as the hip swing, shoulder wheels and stationary cycling are helpful to maintain mobility in the hip, shoulder and knee. The article also included photo illustrations of simple home exercises to improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and mobility.

Registration details of JCH’s virtual caregiver talk titled “Improving the Mobility of our Loved Ones” happening on 26 June 2021 are listed in the article.
 

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26
May
2021

2,400 bed spaces for Covid-19 patients at community care facilities, 1,700 more as buffer: MOH

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​The Straits Times noted the four hospitals under the National University Health System (NUHS) have set aside more holding facilities for COVID-19 suspect cases as the cases in the community rise in recent weeks. It was reported that the National University Hospital (NUH), Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and Jurong Community Hospital (JCH) are ready to convert existing wards into those for COVID-19 patients – just as how they were able to do so at the height of the pandemic between April and May 2020. It added that the hospitals are reducing non-urgent surgical work as they ramp up capacity to prepare for any surge in COVID-19 cases.

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11
Feb
2021

华侨中学为社区医院年长患者,举办线上派对云端捞鱼生 (Hwa Chong International organised virtual lo-hei for community hospital’s senior patients)

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The Zaobao exclusive featured one of the weekly collaborations between Hwa Chong International (HCI) and Jurong Community Hospital (JCH) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. The HCI students curated a Chinese New Year line-up comprising quizzes, games, art and craft, pre-recorded CNY music videos, wrapped up with a virtual ‘lohei’ for the elderly inpatients at JCH.

Justin Wang, 18, the student lead said that it is lonely for the seniors who are admitted and with COVID-19 measures in place, they are happy to bring some festive cheer to them.

ZB also reported that about 100 Friends of Jurong have returned to their volunteering roles, with the bedside befriender role redesigned to that of “Digital Ambassador”. Ms Evelyn Ng, 59, is one of the regular volunteers who has been scheduled to help induct eligible parents onto virtual consultations at the clinics.

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26
May
2020

A ‘buddy’ for workers

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​JCH Dr Scott Wong, Medical Officer, designed and built Covid Buddy to enable patients – the majority of whom are foreign workers – to communicate better with healthcare staff.

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4
May
2020

All in the same fight

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​This photo story shares the measures that Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and Jurong Community Hospital (JCH) have taken to combat a surge in patient numbers at NTFGH emergency department since March 2020 when the SAFRA Jurong cluster emerged, and more recently, migrant workers from the dormitories in the West. The Community Hub at JCH was converted to house patients awaiting their COVID-19 swab results. In addition, six floors of wards were converted to cohort wards to house patients who are mostly clinically stable.

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24
Sep
2019

Singapore hospitals take steps to protect patients from haze; air quality forecast to improve

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The National University Health System (NUHS) – which manages several hospitals, including National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital – has implemented measures to maintain indoor air quality amidst the haze.

They include shutting windows in the naturally-ventilated patient areas, deploying portable air cooling and purifying units and installing filters to the air-conditioning systems in the buildings to minimise pollutants and smell in the air.

Senior security officer Haron Jasmin, 65, who is currently warded in Alexandra Hospital commented on how he found the air in the ward smells fresh and nice despite having the windows being closed.

Staff who are susceptible to the haze condition will be redeployed to work indoors. At Alexandra Hospital, security personnel wear masks when deployed outdoors for patrolling and the daily frequency for groundskeeping such as portering and landscaping has been reduced.

At NUHS polyclinics, the elderly, pregnant women, children and those with existing chronic respiratory and heart diseases will be given priority for consultations and treatment.

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26
Aug
2019

Weaving Together Tales of Dementia

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NTFGH embarks on a community sensory sewing project designed to help reduce agitation and restlessness in dementia patients, and features 200 of these sensory mats in the three-day Arts&Health Festival at the Level 2 linkbridge between Towers A and B of the hospital

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16
May
2019

Dedicated nurses’ contribution to community recognised

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Assistant Nurse Clinician, Maznah binte Marmin who receives the highest accolade (Honourable Mention) at the Healthcare Humanity Award 2019 shares how her role as a specialty care nurse with NTFGH Neurology team gives her the opportunity to go beyond the call of duty. Being an active volunteer with a non-profit organisation since 2015, she supports humanitarian aid efforts in overseas mission trips in the hope of making a difference to the lives of the less fortunate.

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23
Oct
2018

Leveraging technology to improve rehabilitation

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​​Head & Senior Principal Physiotherapist, Qiu Wenjing, and Head & Senior Principal Occupational Therapist, Chen Changwu from JCH explained how rehabilitation can leverage on technology to improve patient care. Through the use of smart robots such as SynPhNe and Andago, patients can expect better outcomes and regain their confidence faster. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists can also track and prescribe treatment better.

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