Yishun Community Hospital (YCH) will open at the end of the year and will relieve some of the overcrowding at the nearby Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).

The opening of the new YCH will allow KTPH, which treats those with more critical conditions,to move patients in need of rehabilitation treatment to YCH for their next phase of treatment.

Upon discharge, patients woud receive medical care through home visits by community nurses and at outpatient clinics.

The 428-bed community hospital, which offers intermediate care, had its topping-out ceremony yesterday.

Slated to open in December, the 10-storey YCH will initially have 170 beds available for patients, with the rest of its beds and services to be opened up progressively.

Apart from offering sub-acute and palliative care, the hospital will also serve patients with dementia or in need of rehabilitation.

Both hospitals are connected by a sky bridge, which will enable patients to be transferred quickly from one hospital to the other. This will not only help relieve congestion at KTPH, but also reduce the waiting time for beds there.

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