30 Sep '11, 1pm

Patients who help to make hospitals and clinics better

SINGAPORE - A chronic patient at his polyclinic, Mr Sunny Soo, 61, decided one day that he wanted to be more than just that. Mr Soo, who has high blood pressure and high cholesterol, decided to step forward and help relieve some of the burdens plaguing the clinic, such as the perpetual, heavy patient load at peak hours. In November last year, he started volunteering three times a week, three hours each, at the Toa Payoh polyclinic. The retiree would manage the queues, stock up supplies and maintain conditions at the laboratory, and even give feedback on areas he feels fall short. For his efforts, he was one of three patients awarded the Exemplary Patient Award on Friday by the National Healthcare Group. Patients are nominated by staff based on their helpful or respectful attitude to staff or other patients, as well as constructive suggestions to improve services. One area ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110930-0001019/Pa...

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