( BED CAPACITY
There will be 700 acute beds, with an additional 400 beds from JCH. About six in 10 of the acute beds are subsidised, in Class B2 or C wards.
The older, larger public hospitals, such as the Singapore General Hospital, typically have more than 1,000 beds. However, very few of them have step-down care community hospital facilities so conveniently available.
At the hospital’s specialist outpatient clinics, patients will use the same queue number throughout the visit – at every clinic and service point. Payment for all services will be consolidated into one bill at the end. )
The intensive care and high-dependency units will be merged, instead of separated as they are in most hospitals. This means that patients will be cared for by the same team, lowering the chance of medical errors. Stable patients can also be wheeled out to outdoor gardens on the same floor.
The hospital’s accident and emergency (A&E) department combines registration, triage, and consultation, which, hopefully, will speed up waiting time.
Patients who do not need to be warded will also be able to collect their medication and make payment at the same time.
In most hospitals, these are typically broken down into separate steps, which contributes towards long waiting times