Jurong Community Hospital launches park to help patients ease back to daily routine

SINGAPORE - Visitors to Jurong Community Hospital will find these on its premises: an MRT train cabin, a bus, a taxi and pedestrian crossings.

These fixtures are part of the hospital's simulated community and street environment called the JurongHealth Mobility Park.

Spanning 953 sq m in total, the park was built to prepare patients for life out of the hospital setting when they are well enough to be discharged.

Launched this morning (Jan 7) by Ms Low Yen Ling, Mayor for the South West District, the park is situated next to the hospital's indoor rehabilitation facility.

Besides the simulated public transport, the park also has walkways with different surfaces such as ramps, steps and roadside curbs.

Mr Foo Hee Jug, chief executive officer of JurongHealth, said: "Going back to the community after discharge from the hospital can be an unnerving experience for some.

"We want our patients to regain not just their mobility but also their confidence when they return home so that they can ease back into their daily routine."