Where are the patients? Farrer Park Hospital sees about 60 inpatients most weeks

Just half of Farrer Park Hospital's 23 beds in the intensive care unit (above) are opened. The hospital currently has about 60 per cent occupancy.
Just half of Farrer Park Hospital's 23 beds in the intensive care unit (above) are opened. The hospital currently has about 60 per cent occupancy.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Just half of Farrer Park Hospital's 23 beds in the intensive care unit (above) are opened. The hospital currently has about 60 per cent occupancy.
A suite (above) at One Farrer Hotel, which is part of the Farrer Park Hospital “mediplex” comprising a hospital, a medical centre, a hotel and shops, but its location in Farrer Park Station Road could have deterred some doctors. The hospital’s A&E department has an almost leisurely air about it.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Just half of Farrer Park Hospital's 23 beds in the intensive care unit (above) are opened. The hospital currently has about 60 per cent occupancy.
Facade of Farrer Park Hospital and One Farrer Hotel on April 18, 2019.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
From top: A suite at One Farrer Hotel, which is part of the Farrer Park Hospital "mediplex" comprising a hospital, a medical centre, a hotel and shops, but its location in Farrer Park Station Road could have deterred some doctors. The hospital's A&E
The 24-hour emergency clinic of Farrer Park Hospital on April 18, 2019.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM

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One night earlier this month, Ms Serene Chow was rushed to Mount Alvernia Hospital with abdominal pain, only to be told that it was full.

"The nurse called other hospitals and said Mount Elizabeth and Gleneagles, too, were packed," recalled Ms Chow. Only Farrer Park Hospital had a bed for her.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 28, 2019, with the headline 'Where are the patients?'. Print Edition | Subscribe