New 24-hour clinic in Alexandra Hospital for only walk-in patients to open on Monday

SINGAPORE - Residents in the Alexandra and Queenstown area can look forward to a new 24-hour Acute Care Clinic (ACC) which will open on Monday (April 4).

The clinic in Alexandra Hospital, which is the first of its kind in Singapore, will provide acute medical care for only walk-in patients.

The hospital, Singapore's only colonial-style hospital, which is managed by Sengkang Health, completed its second phase of renovations earlier in January. It had closed for renovation works in June last year.

On Saturday, it hosted an open house where visitors received health checks and tips. They also had the chance to visit clinical labs, X-ray suites and specialist clinics at the hospital.

The ACC will provide initial evaluation and management for only walk-in patients. For those who need more than basic care, blood and radiological investigations will be done, and those severely ill will be stabilised and transferred to emergency departments at the nearest public hospitals.

Similarly, Singapore Civil Defence Force ambulances will not go to the ACC, but bring patients directly to the nearest emergency departments at other public hospitals.

Sengkang Health chief executive Christopher Cheng said that the ACC is like "your friendly neighbourhood clinic".

"For residents living in the vicinity who are in need of urgent medical assistance, they can walk in anytime to our ACC and be assured of quality care by our experienced team of doctors and healthcare professionals," he said.