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A&E Alert

Excessive indulgences for CNY may cause accidents and emergencies


During this auspicious occasion, it’s inevitable to overindulge. What with many friends and relatives to visit and party with during the Chinese New Year festivities, eating and drinking in excess is bound to happen. More often, A&E (accident and emergency) departments of hospitals see a rise of admittance during this time of year. Asthma, due to spring cleaning, flu and colds, food poisoning and the usual accidents due to binge eating and drinking are among the cases most A&E attend to during and after the Chinese New Year celebrations.

According to Dr Tan Seow Hwee, Medical Director of Parkway Shenton Pte Ltd, the A&E departments at the three Singapore hospitals under the Parkway Pantai Group see a 30% increase in patient load during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Most are managed as outpatient cases. “The common illnesses to look out for during the festivities include fever, headaches, sore throat, cough and gastrointestinal problems. We also see minor road traffic accident cases as well as minor injuries due to falls and broken glasses. Most of the emergencies seen during this period of time are related to abdominal pain, diarrhoea, alcohol-related vomiting, gastritis, asthma in children, heart ailments, and some trauma cases such as head injuries or falls with upper limb fractures,” said Dr Tan.

As always, moderation is key. But it pays to be prepared, too. So Ezyhealth & Beauty has rounded up a list of hospitals with 24-hour A&E operations for your easy reference.

Mount Elizabeth Hospital

The first private hospital in Asia to win the Asian Management Award for exceptional people development and management, 345-bed Mount Elizabeth Hospital performs the largest number of cardiac surgeries and neurosurgeries in the private sector in the region.

Types of A&E the hospital admits: Heart attacks, heart failure, seizures, strokes, asthma attacks, respiratory failure from lung infections, severe allergic reactions, some trauma emergencies including severe head injuries, broken limbs and deep cuts on the head or limbs

Rates: $80 – $130 (consultation)

Address: 3 Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore 228510

Emergency hotline: 6731 2218

Gleneagles Hospital

Gleneagles Hospital is a 272-bed private hospital providing a wide range of medical and surgical services for the total management of patients. Gleneagles’ key strengths lie in its patient focus, user-friendly services, quality care, specialists’ expertise and proven technology.

Types of A&E the hospital admits: Heart attacks, heart failure, seizures, strokes, asthma attacks, respiratory failure from lung infections, severe allergic reactions, some trauma emergencies including severe head injuries, broken limbs and deep cuts on the head or limbs

Rates: $80 – $130 (consultation)

Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore 258500

Emergency hotline: 6470 5688

Changi General Hospital

Changi General Hospital’s A&E is supported by 24-hour x-ray and laboratory services and advanced technologies. It is the first hospital in the world to pilot the Mobile Clinical Assistant in an A&E environment.

Types of A&E the hospital admits: Acute surgical conditions (acute abdomen, bleeding gastrointestinal tract), medical emergencies (heart attack, stroke, severe, pneumonia, shock, sepsis, etc), orthopaedic injury, sports injuries, trauma (minor/major), head injury and fracture, paediatric emergencies, toxicology/poisoning, acute ENT and eye emergencies,

industrial accidents

Rates: $95 per visit

Number of doctors on duty (approximate): 13-14 doctors/day; eight at night

Address: 2 Simei Street 3, Singapore 529889

Emergency hotline: 6788 8833

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The 830-bed hospital is a referral centre providing tertiary services to handle high-risk conditions in women and children. The Children’s Emergency provides initial evaluation, stabilisation and treatment to acutely ill or injured infants and children.

Types of A&E the hospital admits: All forms of childhood emergencies, medical cases, childhood injuries, paediatric poisoning and surgical and trauma cases

Rates: $90 (consultation fee)

Number of doctors on duty (approximate): A senior physician staff at all times (24/7) and general physicians trained to handle and manage sick children

Address: Children’s Emergency, 100 Bukit Timah Road, Basement 1, Children’s Tower

Emergency hotline: 6394 1177 (general enquiries). 1900-KK-Nurse or 1900-556-8773 (each call will be charged at $0.80 per minute) for the KK Ask-A-Nurse service hotline, which provides reliable health advice on pregnancy, gynaecological care, and children’s health issues.

Raffles Hospital

Located just 20 minutes away from Changi International Airport and right in the heart of the city, Raffles Hospital offers a full range of specialist, medical and diagnostic services that spans across 35 disciplines.

Types of A&E the hospital admits: Acute, subacute and trauma cases

Rates: $50 to $85 (per night/day, approximate)

Number of doctors on duty (approximate): two doctors

Address: 585 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hospital #01-00

Emergency hotline: 63111 555

Parkway East Hospital

Formerly known as East Shore Hospital, Parkway East Hospital has built a loyal niche among residents in eastern Singapore for its personalised care approach, convenient location and user-friendly services.

Types of A&E the hospital admits: Heart attacks, heart failure, seizures, strokes, asthma attacks, respiratory failure from lung infections, severe allergic reactions, some trauma emergencies including severe head injuries, broken limbs and deep cuts on the head or limbs

Rates: $80 – $130 (consultation)

Address: 321 Joo Chiat Place, Parkway East Hospital, Singapore 427990

Emergency hotline: 6340 8666

National University Hospital (NUH)

Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities as well as dedicated and well-trained staff, the NUH is a major referral centre that delivers tertiary care for a wide range of medical and dental services. It is the principal teaching hospital of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Types of A&E the hospital admits: NUH Emergency Medicine Department (adults and children) − Heart attack, stroke, asthma/chronic obstructive lung diseases, trauma, bleeding gastrointestinal tract, plastic surgery and burns, vascular emergencies, dental, acute eye conditions, and acute ear, nose and throat conditions. NUH Children’s Emergency (children) − trauma, medical and surgical conditions

Rates: $95 per night/per day (approximate)

Address: 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074

Emergency hotline: NUH Emergency Medicine Department − 6772 5000; NUH Children’s Emergency − 6772 2555

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By Maripet L. Poso
Posted by ezyhealth on Jan 16 2012. Filed under Lifestyle. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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