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Changi General Hospital programme seeks to reduce re-admissions of elderly ...: Since April, under a new program...

SINGAPORE - For Madam Ng Kwai Twei, 83, who has gall bladder infection and other medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, the attentive care she received in hospital did not stop after she was discharged in August. A team comprising a doctor, a nurse and allied health workers regularly visited Mdm Ng. Apart from monitoring her condition, the team provided dietary advice to her caregivers to make sure her chronic ailments are kept under control even as she resumed her normal diet. Since April, under a new programme by the Changi General Hospital (CGH) aimed at reducing hospital readmissions of elderly patients, they have continued to receive medical care and advice at home up to three months after they are discharged. Between April and September, 61 patients were enrolled on the programme. Of these, 13 were re-admitted. And under the Eastern Health Alliance - w...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111118-0000036/Ch...

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