New polyclinic in Jurong West to be ready by 2017

SINGAPORE - Residents of Pioneer and Jurong West can look forward to having their very own polyclinic.

Situated next to Jurong West Primary School, the newly named Pioneer Family Healthcare Centre will start construction from Friday, and open in 2017.

This will be the 10th polyclinic under the National Healthcare Group (NHG).

Currently, Jurong West does not have its own polyclinic. Residents have to travel to Jurong Polyclinic in Jurong East, which is 3.5km away.

In a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Madam Kay Kuok, chairman of NHG, outlined the benefits residents will be able to enjoy.

"With its proximity to public transport services, it will offer convenience to residents in the area and will also feature universal barrier-free designs to meet the needs of the elderly, physically-challenged and young families."

The seven-storey polyclinic has a floor plan of 7,750 sq m.

A new care delivery model will see each patient cared for by a specific healthcare team, comprising family physicians and other allied healthcare professionals.

"This will allow strong relationships to be built between patients and their care teams which is key to achieving better health outcomes," said Madam Kuok.

Other features, such as indoor communal spaces, a café and a sky garden, aim to promote health beyond the clinic walls.

The polyclinic will see an estimated 272,300 patients when it starts operations in 2017. By 2030, it is expected to serve 385,000 patients yearly.

ngilaine@sph.com.sg