New, larger polyclinic for AMK
RESIDENTS in Ang Mo Kio will have a new and improved polyclinic in their neighbourhood in a few years' time.
To better serve the needs of residents, Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong announced yesterday that the current Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic will make way for a new one "with better facilities and more comprehensive services".
"The services will place greater emphasis on chronic disease management and health promotion, as well as be able to meet the needs of an ageing and growing population in the coming years," said Mr Gan at the official opening of the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) centre in Ang Mo Kio.
The redeveloped Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic will offer support services to improve chronic disease management, such as physiotherapy, in addition to basic primary health-care services.
Construction of the polyclinic will begin in the second half of next year.
A new eldercare centre, which can support the needs of approximately 60 seniors a day, will also be co-located with the polyclinic. It will provide a range of services such as day care, nursing care and physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
The polyclinic in Ang Mo Kio Central 2 is expected to be open by early 2018, and will be larger than the existing polyclinic.
More details on the facilities will be made available later.
Built in 1981, the polyclinic in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 has seen a steady increase in patient load, with an average growth of 2 per cent per annum from 2009 to 2012. The majority of the polyclinic's patients are from Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Bishan.
Ang Mo Kio resident Bernard Anthony Clara, 63, welcomes the move and hopes that the new polyclinic will have shorter waiting times. "I hope the new clinic can serve us more quickly. Most of the time, there are too many people there," said the retiree.
At the official opening of the CDAC centre yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, who is also the chairman of the CDAC Community Outreach and Co-ownership Committee, said that the centre was built in Ang Mo Kio because it has a high concentration of elderly people.
Since it started operations in January, the centre - which runs programmes and schemes supporting students, workers and families - has registered 700 members.