Current Programmes

We believe that no one should be denied access to treatment simply because they cannot afford it. By providing financial assistance to needy patients through our various programmes, we enable them to focus on recovery and not on the bills.

Making a difference to patients who cannot afford treatment

Patients from lower income groups worry not only about their medical conditions, but also the financial burden that arises from large medical bills. Patients of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Jurong Community Hospital and Jurong Medical Centre may tap on financial assistance from our Needy Patient Fund, which can be used to pay for healthcare services and equipment to enable patients to manage their conditions at home. In FY2017, the Needy Patient Fund has received $50,000 from JurongHealth Fund and has benefitted more than 200 needy patients, and has received another $50,000 for FY2018. It has provided financial assistance for services such as dialysis and the purchase of equipment such as breathing assistance devices, hearing aids and walking aids.

Improving quality of life for the patients with hearing loss

The Hearing Implant Programme was started in July 2015 to provide financial assistance to needy patients with chronic hearing conditions who require hearing implant surgery. The latter improves their quality of life and promotes active ageing. It also improves their communication, thus reducing stress and potential psychological issues such as depression. This programme was made possible by a $350,000 donation from Far East Organization. A total of five patients have benefitted from this programme since its inception, two of which were supported in FY2017.

Enabling access for patients who are in priority for DAA treatment

For patients with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, the treatment in the past has been a combination of injection and oral medication over 6-12 months with cure rates of 40-80%, accompanied by significant side effects. The advent of new oral medications, Direct-Acting Antivirals (DAA) has revolutionised the treatment landscape of HCV, which has shortened the treatment duration to 12 weeks with significantly higher cure rates of 90-100% and relatively free of side effects. However, the new oral medications are prohibitively expensive. With the support of $300,000 from JurongHealth Fund in FY2018, HCV patients who are in priority for DAA treatment and in need of financial assistance are now able to access this highly efficacious treatment and attain a cure from HCV infection and avoid subsequent liver-related complications which will impose a greater healthcare and financial burden.

With the rise in cancer and chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, healthcare systems must evolve to meet the current and future healthcare needs of the ageing population. By funding programmes that boost early detection of chronic diseases and promote a better healing environment for patients, JurongHealth Fund is dedicated to making a difference in the future healthcare landscape.  

Extending healthcare beyond the walls of our hospitals 

Prevention is better than cure. With this principle in mind, screening programmes for the early detection of diseases and programmes on health management were launched as part of the strategy to extend healthcare beyond hospital walls to keep the community healthy. In FY2017, more than 400 women were screened for breast cancer under the Mammogram for Early Detection Screening Programme. The post screening follow-up rate stands at more than 90%. A Diabetes Reinforcement Empowerment And Motivation (DREAM) Programme was started in FY2017 to assist patients to better manage their health conditions, and drug subsidy funding was introduced to assist patients to continue to receive subsidised drug arrangement at a clinic close to their homes instead of coming to the hospital. JurongHealth Fund provided $1 million to seed fund such pilot projects, and another $14.9 million to support the manpower over seven years to operationalise the programmes.

 

Tapping on the therapeutic potential of arts and music to create a healing environment 

The therapeutic potential of arts and music has been proven to improve the physical and emotional well-being of patients. JurongHealth Campus' Arts&Health Programme was implemented to integrate art and music into the healthcare setting to create a healing environment for patients, their families, staff and visitors. Harnessing the creativity of artists, musicians, dancers, therapists and volunteers within the community, the programme offers many forms of engagement and creative expressions for patients. Therapeutic activities such as bedside art and craft and live music performances bring cheer to the hospital premises, reduce stress and improve the patient experience. In FY2017, the Arts&Health Programme events and activities have benefitted close to 10,000 patients and their loved ones, visitors and staff. JurongHealth Fund provided $1.2 million to support this programme.

 

We believe that healthcare professionals should constantly upgrade themselves through training and learning. The JurongHealth Fund supports training-related programmes and initiatives as a testament of our commitment towards the provision of training and education opportunities for healthcare professionals.

Supporting continual training for healthcare professionals

Continual training for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals ensures that our healthcare professionals are always equipped with quality skills for the delivery of safe and effective care. In 2013, the JurongHealth Fund pledged a total of over $5 million to support the development of the JurongHealth Simulation and Clinical Education Centre (JSCEC), which opened in April 2016. Since its opening, it has trained more than 5,000 participants, of which about 2,500 participants were trained in FY2017. And in FY2017, a new Surgical Skills Laboratory was opened and a total of 14 surgical skills workshops were conducted during the year. Through the provision of simulation-based, life support and surgical skills training, JSCEC improves teamwork and decision-making in patient care, and also enhances safety standards for patients.

 

Providing funding to upskill healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals strive to provide safe and quality care for our patients. Building our talent pool and growing the capabilities of our healthcare professionals in areas such as clinical skills, risk management and service quality are crucial. The Talent Development Fund, which was launched in April 2016 with $19.2 million funding support from JurongHealth Fund over seven years, provides funding for healthcare professionals to upskill by pursuing professional qualifications. In FY2017, over 300 students and JurongHealth Campus staff benefitted from the Talent Development Fund.

Educating nurses and caregivers on bedside and toilet fall prevention

Falls are one of the most common adverse incidents occurring among patients, and pose a serious threat to patient safety and often lead to longer hospital stays and increased healthcare expenditure. Hence in FY2018, JurongHealth Fund provided a funding of $30,000 to develop a nursing instructional video on bedside and toilet fall prevention in the ward setting as part of nursing training to strengthen nursing capability on fall intervention strategies, and a short video clip for caregivers and public to create awareness to non-medically-trained caregivers about fall safety. Informational posters will also be developed and installed in every ward to complement the caregivers’ video and promote safety awareness to caregivers and patients in the hospitals.

Caring for patients’ emotional and spiritual health to enhancing resilience

Attending to the emotional and spiritual health of a patient, in addition to physical health, is crucial to achieve a holistic healthcare especially when patients are faced with trauma, ill health or crises. A patient care counselling service is introduced in Jurong Community Hospital with a $60,000 funding from JurongHealth Fund, to address patients’ needs to make meaning out of their illnesses or diseases, and assist them to enhance their coping mechanisms. This complements existing biomedical services to patients as it facilitate patients’ acceptance of their condition(s) and thus progress better with rehabilitation, enabling them to achieve better rehabilitation outcomes.

JurongHealth Fund recognises that research enables the creation of new knowledge that can translate into better patient care. By funding programmes that promote research and development, we can help transform the future of healthcare for the benefit of the population.

Realising the potential of new ideas and pushing the frontiers of healthcare

Staying at the cutting edge of healthcare requires investment in research and development capabilities. To enable the JurongHealth Campus team to stay at the forefront of healthcare delivery, JurongHealth Fund provided $2.6 million in funding for the setup of a JurongHealth Research and Development (R&D) Fund in April 2016. The R&D Fund aims to strengthen JurongHealth Campus’ core research manpower and provide dedicated seed funding for selected research and development ideas with potential. 26 research projects were funded, and in FY2017, 21 publications, conference presentations, and improved healthcare policy formulation or practices were produced by the research projects.