Yishun Community Hospital to start opening up beds from end of this year

SINGAPORE - Yishun Community Hospital will put its more than 400 beds into use gradually from the end of this year, taking over patients who no longer need acute care at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), but are still not ready to go home.

At the topping up ceremony on April 10, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "It will play an important role in providing sub-acute and rehabilitation care for patients, to improve their recovery from acute illness, regain their functional status, and re-integrate them into the community and eventually, to be able to go home."

He also praised contractors Kimly and Shimizu for minimising noise, dust and disturbance to the next door KTPH and residences nearby.

Mr Gan said they had taken innovative steps, such as off-site fabrication of structural elements, which "has also helped speed up construction time."

This year will see the addition of many hospital beds, with the delayed opening of the new acute hospital in Jurong in July, as well as a community hospital there.

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