A&E units flooded with non-emergency cases
Such cases make up more than half of A&E patients in four public hospitals
Published on Mar 31, 2013 6:00 AM
Singapore public hospitals' repeated reminders to people not to dash to their accident and emergency (A&E) departments for every little ailment are largely falling on deaf ears.
Latest figures from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), National University Hospital (NUH) and Changi General Hospital (CGH) show that non-emergency patients make up more than half of their A&E cases.
But the worst is at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) in Yishun.
Last year, of the 400 A&E patients it saw daily, about 70 per cent were non-emergency or what the hospitals call P3 (Priority 3) cases.
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