Parkway Shenton first private operator to take over management of family medicine clinic

Parkway Shenton will take over the management of the Ang Mo Kio Family Medicine Clinic.
Parkway Shenton will take over the management of the Ang Mo Kio Family Medicine Clinic.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - From March, a private general practice operator will take over the management of the Ang Mo Kio Family Medicine Clinic (FMC) - a first for the seven FMCs here.

Parkway Shenton, which had previously been partnering the National Healthcare Group (NHG) to run the clinic, will now be handling the clinic's daily operations and manpower management. The announcement was made at a handover ceremony on Saturday morning (Feb 27).

Ang Mo Kio FMC was set up in May 2013. Such family medicine clinics cater to patients with chronic conditions, who would previously have to go to specialist outpatient clinics at hospitals. From March, two nurses and three patient service associates from Parkway Shenton will join the clinic. NHG will continue providing laboratory, pharmacy and allied health services.

Dr Lew Yii Jen, the senior director of clinical services at National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP), said that the public-private partnership has been mutually beneficial.

He said: "(Staff from Parkway Shenton learnt) how we manage the patients in a holistic manner. We also learnt how (private operators) provide personalised services and manage patients in a smaller setting."

yuensin@sph.com.sg