Ng Teng Fong General Hospital officially opened in 2015, and its innovations are definitely making headway in our healthcare system. Here are 5 fascinating facts you might not have known about this recently opened hospital.
1. Award-winning Eco-friendly Condominium-like Facade
If you pass by Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, you would definitely take a second glance at its facade, which bears a striking resemblance to a condominium. Jointly designed by local CPG Corporation, Melbourne-based studio505, and United States-based HOK, its sleek architecture is complemented with various green and practical features to allow for ventilation and natural light to stream in. The eco-friendly building is energy-efficient and consumes less water. Its environmentally-sustainable design also earned them a Building & Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Award!
Its uniquely integrated structure of the Specialist Clinic Tower, Ward Tower and Jurong Community Hostpital (JCH) ensures that patient-centred services are delivered in a seamless manner, from the hospital’s design to medical care provision and community connectivity.
2. Fan-Shaped Hospital Rooms
What differentiates Ng Teng Fong General Hospital from other public hospitals is its fan-shaped hospital room design, which allows every bed to be placed next to a window overlooking the greenery outside. Not only does this allow for natural light to stream in easily, this innovation also creates a pleasant healing environment, which increases the comfort of patients and improves the rate of their recovery. It is the first public hospital to implement such a design for its hospital rooms.
Further, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital is home to the first and only integrated critical care facility, where the the High Dependency (HD) Unit and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are merged. This ensures that patients with critical conditions will be looked after by the same team at the same location, which greatly reduces chances of medical errors. There are also outdoor gardens on the same floor, where ICU patients who are more stabilised can be wheeled out to enjoy a breath of fresh air.
3. 30% Shorter Waiting Times
At Ng Teng Fong General Hospital’s Accident & Emergency (A&E) department, registration, triage, and consultation are combined to quicken the process because the patient only needs to register once. The itinerary is printed for the patient, instead of having to collect a queue number at every station. This helps to to improve efficiency and hasten the speed at which doctors can see the patients, especially during times of critical emergency.
The ‘One Bill, One Queue’ system implemented is part of a patient-centric approach and healthcare process measure to reduce waiting times for their patients. Patients who do not need to be warded can therefore collect their medication and make payment at the same time. On the other hand, most hospitals still break down their A&E procedure into separate steps, which explains the long waiting times.
4. Who is Ng Teng Fong?
The hospital was named after property tycoon Ng Teng Fong, the founder of the reputable Far East Organisation and the Sino Group in Hong Kong. His family donated $125 million to the the former Jurong General Hospital and in March 2011, it was announced in Parliament that the hospital’s name will be changed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
5. High Accessibility To Nearby Facilities In Jurong
A network of link bridges connect all three towers for seamless accessibility. Ng Teng Fong General Hospital is twinned with the 12-storey JCH so that patients who no longer require acute care can recuperate in an environment better catered to their needs. For infection control purposes, the bridges on Level 3 will be used by hospital staff and patients, while the general public will use the Level 2 bridge.
The sheltered link bridges also serve as a direct passageway to JCube, IMM and Westgate. So if you need to buy flowers, get-well-soon cards or soft toys to cheer up your warded loved ones, just take a stroll along the link bridge to any of the 3 malls nearby. Ng Teng Fong General Hospital is also highly accessible via the link bridges from Jurong East MRT Station or Jurong East Bus Interchange if you’re planning to take public transportation.
At Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, you can be rest assured that you will be well taken care of with shorter waiting times and lots of ventilation as well as natural light that provides a conducive environment for recovery. You can also buy food and gifts for your loved ones from the malls nearby, which are within walking distance of the hospital through the link bridges.