Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

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Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) is a general and acute care hospital in Yishun, Singapore, with 795 beds. The hospital, which is named after Singaporean hotelier Khoo Teck Puat, is part of an integrated development with the nearby Yishun Community Hospital. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew formally inaugurated the hospital on November 15, 2010, however it started treating outpatients and day surgery patients on March 28, the same year. Overlooking the picturesque Yishun Pond on 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres) in the Yishun Central Area. Residents of the north may take use of a wide variety of medical treatments and healthcare alternatives at the hospital. KTPH, together with Yishun Community Hospital and Admiralty Medical Centre, joined with the National Healthcare Group in October 2017 to become Yishun Health.

History

A new hospital, the Jurong General Hospital, would be developed to replace the present Alexandra Hospital, according to plans released in 2001. The hospital was supposed to open in 2006. The concept, however, was shelved in 2004. Instead, the next new public hospital will be constructed in Yishun, in the north, and will open on March 28, 2010.

Alexandra Hospital celebrated the first milestone of its new hospital on November 28, 2006, with a groundbreaking ceremony at the new hospital site. Khaw Boon Wan, the then-Health Minister, was the honored guest. At the same time, an exhibition named “Metamorphosis: From Old to New” was staged, which included images documenting the change of the current Alexandra Road hospital building from pre- and post-independence years to the present. There were also 3-D models and viewpoints of the future hospital building on exhibit.

While addressing the HIMSS AsiaPac 2007 conference on May 16, 2007, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed that the new general hospital in Yishun will be called Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

[3][4] In recognition of the late hotelier’s Khoo Teck Puat family’s S$125 million commitment to the hospital’s construction and financing, rather of the originally intended name Alexandra hospital @ Yishun.

At a community gathering in Yishun on September 30, 2007, Health Minister Khaw said that additional land parcels set aside surrounding the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital may be utilised for the building of other specialized health-care facilities. Beyond 2020, this might lead to the development of a health-care cluster like to the diversified facilities that already surround Singapore General Hospital, offering high-quality healthcare to the north’s rising population. A community hospital and medical-tourist hotels might be included in the cluster.

On March 29, 2010, the hospital’s specialty outpatient clinics and day surgery operating theatres opened. Due to the Indonesian sand prohibition and interruption in granite supply, the original timeframe was pushed back by around three months. To make up for the missed time, contractors had to bring in extra equipment and people.

The inpatient wards, as well as the acute care and emergency department, opened on June 28, 2010.

Muhammad Iskandar Sa’at, a suspect in a vehicle theft case, was assessed at KTPH for chest discomfort while in jail in 2015. Iskandar attacked the remaining cop and discharged the officer’s handgun before being restrained, hurting the officer’s left thumb and right foot. Iskandar was charged with an illegal discharge of a weapon under the Arms Offences Act, which carries a required death sentence, but the charge was lowered to an unlawful possession of a firearm for injuring a public officer, which carries a mandatory life term. Iskandar pled guilty to the lesser crime and received a sentence of life in prison and 18 cane strokes.

Design

CPG Consultants collaborated with RMJM to design the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital to be patient-friendly. Each of the two parts of the 10-bed “C”-class wards has its own toilet and shower facilities. The hospital has just one drop-off spot, which is only 20 meters away from the emergency department, and is between 20 and 40 meters away from the specialized clinics. Patients are less likely to injure themselves in the wards since there are no protruding sinks or cabinets.

Environmentally friendly measures are also included in the facility. The building consumes 30% less energy than older hospitals like as Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Changi General Hospital, and Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital, resulting in annual utility savings of more than S$1 million.

The building’s “fins” are meant to funnel the prevailing north-east winds into the structure. The “fins” were shown to improve air flow by 20 to 30 percent in wind tunnel experiments at the National University of Singapore. Patients are shielded from direct sunlight by sunshades placed over windows. The shades also re-direct light towards the ceiling, increasing the brightness of the wards while reducing energy use. Solar panels on the roof power large fans in public spaces. The air-conditioning system takes supply air from the courtyards inside the building, which is colder, decreasing cooling demands.

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