Patients and families affected by SGH hepatitis C infections getting emotional support: SGH

SGH is providing emotional support to the patients affected by an outbreak of the hepatitis C virus in two of its wards.
SGH is providing emotional support to the patients affected by an outbreak of the hepatitis C virus in two of its wards. ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN

SINGAPORE - Doctors and medical social workers from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have been providing pyschological and emotional support to the patients and families affected by the hepatitis C infections.

The hospital said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 10) evening that it had contacted the 14 affected patients and their families, as well as the next-of-kin of the eight patients who had died, to schedule family conferences.

Eight such conferences have already taken place, with nine more scheduled over the next few days and another five being arranged.

"We understand that they are anxious about their condition and treatment," SGH added in the statement.

 
 

"Many of them have been our patients for a long time and are close to our care team."

Additional social support will also be provided by the Ministries of Health and Social and Family Development if required.

In an update at 5pm on Saturday, SGH also said that 646 out of 678 patients who stayed in wards 64A and 67 from January to June 2015 have been contacted for screening for the virus.

Of the 585 who confirmed their appointments, 244 have been screened and will be informed of the results in a week's time.

The hospital has also screened 223 out of 284 staff.