The article follows the Talking Point episode on the topic of bed waiting times in the Singapore healthcare system and National University Hospital’s (NUH) efforts in optimising resources to manage the issue.
Dr Jonathan Ong, Senior Consultant, Division of Neurology and Ms Lucinda Tay, Advanced Practice Nurse, shared on the pre-strategising discussions and plans put together to ensure caregivers are able to bring home a patient when he/she is medically fit. Mr Jeremy Lee, Assistant Chief Operating Officer, NUH, explained that NUH patients’ average length of stay hovers around 5.5 days, compared with the national average of seven days, and NUH’s strategies to achieve that.
Dr Stephanie Ko, lead clinician of the NUHS@Home programme highlighted how the programme helps to free up beds in NUH by allowing patients to access acute hospital care from the comfort of their home. Mr Sai Aung Lin, Operations Manager, Housekeeping, in NUH explained why a swift bed turnaround is vital to make sure that patients get timely care.
A/Prof Jason Yap and Adj A/Prof Jeremy Lim from NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health also elaborated on the calculation of hospital wait times and potential policies and measures to better manage the complex challenges.Media ArticlesNUH in the NewsNUHS in the News