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 and Jurong Community Hospital 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. Since the commencement of the programme in FY2012, the Needy Patient Fund has received $349,000 from JurongHealth Fund and has benefitted 1,036 patients as at end of September 2018. It has provided financial assistance for services such as dialysis and the purchase of equipment such as breathing assistance devices 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. As at end September 2018, a total of nine patients have benefitted from this programme since its inception.

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, five HCV patients have benefitted under the DAA treatment as at end of September 2018.

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. These programmes focus on preventive health and wellness by promoting the importance of health screening and lifestyle intervention. JurongHealth Fund provided $1 million to seed fund such pilot projects from FY2014 to FY2018, and another $14.9 million in FY2016 to support the manpower over seven years to operationalise the programmes. Since the commencement of the funding, 8,774 residents were screened, 4,544 residents received consultations for abnormal results, and 1,004 patients and participants had benefitted from the programmes as at end of September 2018.

 

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. As at end of September 2018, the Arts&Health Programme events and activities have benefitted 33,015 patients and their loved ones, visitors and staff. JurongHealth Fund provided $1.2 million from FY2014 to FY2018 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 FY2013, 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 7,247 participants as at end of September 2018. 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. Click here for more information on JSCEC.

 

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. Since FY2016, 1,006 students and JurongHealth Campus staff benefitted from the Talent Development Fund as at end of September 2018.

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 and a short video clip for caregivers and public to create awareness about fall safety. Informational posters will also be developed and installed in every ward to complement the caregivers’ video and promote safety awareness among 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 in July 2018 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 facilitates patients’ acceptance of their condition(s) and thus progress better with rehabilitation, enabling them to achieve better rehabilitation outcomes. Since inception, the service has reached out to 27 patients and their families as at end of September 2018.

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. 25 research projects were funded as at end of September 2018, and 23 publications, conference presentations, and improved healthcare policy formulation or practices were produced by the research projects. The R&D Fund has also supported two Research Symposiums attended by 825 participants, where a total of 164 posters were showcased with the abstracts published as supplement issues of the Singapore Medical Journal, http://www.smj.org.sg/supplement.