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Work begins on new general hospital in Sengkang

The Sengkang Health Wall, which will be temporarily placed at the Alexandra Hospital until the new Sengkang General Hospital is ready. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The Sengkang Health Wall, which will be temporarily placed at the Alexandra Hospital until the new Sengkang General Hospital is ready. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
(from left) Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi, Pro-Tem CMB, Sengkang Health, Prof Ang Chong Lye, Deputy Group CEO (Clinical Services and Informatics), SingHealth, Prof Christopher Cheng, Pro-Tem CEO, Sengkang Health, Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, SingHealth and Mr
(from left) Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi, Pro-Tem CMB, Sengkang Health, Prof Ang Chong Lye, Deputy Group CEO (Clinical Services and Informatics), SingHealth, Prof Christopher Cheng, Pro-Tem CEO, Sengkang Health, Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, SingHealth and Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, MOH with shovels after the ground-breaking ceremony for new Sengkang General Hospital at the open field at the cross junction of Sengkang East Way and Sengkang East Road. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
(from left) Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi, Pro-Tem CMB, Sengkang Health, Prof Ang Chong Lye, Deputy Group CEO (Clinical Services and Informatics), SingHealth, Prof Christopher Cheng, Pro-Tem CEO, Sengkang Health, Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, SingHealth and Mr
(from left) Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi, Pro-Tem CMB, Sengkang Health, Prof Ang Chong Lye, Deputy Group CEO (Clinical Services and Informatics), SingHealth, Prof Christopher Cheng, Pro-Tem CEO, Sengkang Health, Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, SingHealth and Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, MOH with shovels during the ground-breaking ceremony for new Sengkang General Hospital at the open field at the cross junction of Sengkang East Way and Sengkang East Road. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong at the ground breaking ceremony for new Sengkang General Hospital at the open field at the cross junction of Sengkang East Way and Sengkang East Road. Work on the next new general hospital, to be built in the nort
Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong at the ground breaking ceremony for new Sengkang General Hospital at the open field at the cross junction of Sengkang East Way and Sengkang East Road. Work on the next new general hospital, to be built in the north, has already started, Mr Gan Kim Yong announced at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sengkang hospitals on Sunday morning. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Work on the next new general hospital, to be built in the north, has already started, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sengkang hospitals this morning.

That northern hospital is one of four that will be built between 2020 and 2030. There will also be more community hospitals and nursing homes, he said.

The hospital complex at Sengkang will comprise an 800-bed general hospital, a 400-bed community hospital, and another 200 "swing beds" which could be used by either hospital.

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The Sengkang hospital's current chief executive officer, Professor Christopher Cheng, said the hospital complex will allow another 200 beds to be added if the need arises, without incuring further construction costs.

The hospitals will open in phases from Jan 1, 2018 and both will be fully opened by the end of that year.