A Quarterly Newsletter For Enriching Your Health | www.sata.com.sg Free Health Screening In The West J urong residents received a welcome boost to healthy living on 21 April 2013 as they made their way to SATA CommHealth Jurong Medical Centre to receive complimentary health checks including BMI measurements, pre-physiotherapy assessments, subsidised mammography scan and vaccinations during its Community Health Day (CHD). This is the second time residents in the West have been treated to free health screening since 2011. Arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Mdm Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament at the Jurong medical centre. “After seeing the Community Health Day ad in the Chinese newspaper, I’ve decided to participate in this event for the first time. The free medical checkups are useful, especially for the elderly like me. I think I’ll attend the next Community Health Day as well” commented a 64-year-old retiree, Mr Goh Eng Kee who stays in Jurong. Among some of the free health screening services offered was the Digital Retinal Photography (DRP) catering to the diabetics. Diabetes can lead to severe eye problems where the small blood vessels in the eyes become damaged (diabetic retinopathy) and this can cause blindness. This DRP scan can help to monitor the eye condition as well as to detect any changes in the retina. (Cont’d pg 2) MICA (P) 166/10/2012 | September 2013 Woodlands Residents Staying Healthy On Community Health Day S ATA CommHealth held its eleventh Community Health Day (CHD) on 28 July 2013 at SATA Woodlands Medical Centre for residents of Woodlands and neighbouring constituencies. A range of free and heavily subsidised specialised health checks were offered to the community. Mr Vikram Nair, shaking hands with residents at Woodlands medical centre. Residents of various ages turned up in droves at the medical centre for complimentary health checks consisting of chest X-Ray, BMI, blood pressure; glucose, cholesterol tests, digital retinal photography, pre-physiotherapy assessments, eye tests (visual acuity and DRP) and vaccinations were arranged to complete the holistic health screening event. SATA CommHealth has been focusing on addressing chronic illness/ disease management and ageing related health issues. Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) scans were opened for booking at a highly subsidised rates for elderly residents. The scan was to detect osteoporosis among the elderly and even the middleaged. In this respect, the CHD also offered subsidised mammography services for women above the age of 40 to detect signs of breast cancer, the leading killer cancer among women in Singapore. (Cont’d pg 2) 2 | HealthLine | September 2013 Community Health Day ABOUT US Since its inception in 1947, SATA CommHealth has evolved over the years to become a one-stop primary healthcare organisation. It provides a comprehensive range of health screening and general practitioner services at its four Medical Centres, three X-ray buses, a Doctors-OnWheels mobile clinic and a Mammo-On-Wheels mobile mammography service. VISION To be the leading charity for the advancement of lifelong health in the community. MISSION Promoting lifelong health, serving the community. CORE VALUES C - Compassion R - Respect E - Excellence A - Accountability T - Teamwork E - Empowerment SERVICES GENERAL CONSULTATION FOR: Acute ailments, chronic diseases SPECIALIST SERVICES: Cardiology, radiology, respiratory medicine, physiotherapy HEALTH SCREENING SERVICES: Pre-employment, social visit pass, visa application, work permit PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES: Health screenings, vaccinations DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES: Fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, X-Ray SPECIALISED TESTS: Audiometry, ECG, echocardiography, industrial tests, spirometry, treadmill, Bone Mineral Densitometry scan PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES Only at Bedok and Woodlands LABORATORY SERVICES Available at all Medical Centres MEDICAL CENTRE LOCATIONS BEDOK 351 Chai Chee St Singapore 468982 ANG MO KIO Blk 715 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 #01-4008/4010 Singapore 560715 JURONG Blk 135 Jurong Gateway Rd #04-345 Singapore 600135 WOODLANDS 900 South Woodlands Dr #04-01 Woodlands Civic Centre Singapore 730900 EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR : Andrew Yap SUB-EDITOR: Esther Kong ADVISOR : Dr K Thomas Abraham Free Health Screening In The West In Singapore, the percentage of Singapore residents with diabetes aged between 18 and 69 years old has increased from 8.2% in year 2004 to the current rate of 11.3%1. Like many developed countries, such as USA, the prevalence of diabetes has been rising in Singapore. Hence, preventive health screening is the key to early detection of chronic diseases. SATA CommHealth aims to highlight the importance of health screening and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the community through its Community Health Day. q Woodlands Residents Staying Healthy On Community Health Day Participants waiting for their health checks at the Jurong medical centre. “Regular health screening scan help to spot the early warning signs of undetectable diseases in the human body and enable timely intervention to the condition. I am happy that the young and old have the opportunity at SATA CommHealth’s Community Health Days.” Many residents came early for their health checks at the Woodlands medical centre. Mr Vikram Nair Advisor to Admiralty Grassroots Organisations, MP for Sembawang GRC (Admiralty) and Guest-of-Honour for the event. “Health is wealth as the old adage goes. We often neglect to do a ‘spot check’ on our health before a debilitating condition is found. I’m so glad that these Community Health Days are a regular feature with SATA CommHealth to reinforce the message of preventive health for healthy living, I encourage more residents to look out for such community events to monitor their health status.” Mdm Halimah Yaccob Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC Source: 1 Information Paper On Diabetes In Singapore- HPB 2011. Mdm Suppiah getting ready for her mammography and BMD scans. Mdm Suppiah Chandravatheni, visited SATA Woodlands Medical Centre early in the morning for her mammography and BMD appointments. “I read about the two services on the flyer and find the rates affordable and reasonable plus the medical centre is conveniently located near my home. This is a good time for my yearly check-ups”, said the amiable 57-year-old grandmother. q 3 | HealthLine | September 2013 Board Announcement Announcement of SATA CommHealth New Chairman and Vice-Chairmen S ATA CommHealth announced the appointment of a new Chairman, Mr Ang Hao Yao, and two new ViceChairmen, Dr Tan Chi Chiu and Prof Ho Yew Kee as well as a new board member during the Annual General Meeting held end Jun 2013. The change in Board of Directors marks a new chapter for SATA CommHealth. As part of the expansion of its community health and wellness activities, the health care services provider also plans to focus more on the needy and disadvantaged. Mr Ang Hao Yao, previously the Vice-Chairman, takes over the Chairmanship from A/Prof Mak Yuen Teen. Mr Ang, age 40, is a businessman with 20 years of experience. He currently also serves as the Treasurer of Singapore Chess Federation and on the Executive Committee of Singapore Jian Chuan Tai Chi Chuan Physical Culture Association. He had served on the Management Committee of Securities Investors Association (Singapore) as the Treasurer and Chairman Membership. Mr Ang Hao Yao, Chairman of SATA CommHealth Mr Ang, Chairman of SATA CommHealth said, “SATA CommHealth now has a broad range of primary healthcare and community services. We conduct about 100,000 health checks a year and are expanding our acute and chronic care services”. He continued on the future plans, “Going forward, we will continue to grow SATA CommHealth to serve the community better in the coming years. One of the main areas of our growth will be in the area of Intermediate and Long term care (ILTC). In continuing our services for the community, we intend to serve more people and in more ways around Singapore in the coming years. We have plans to set-up a Community Health Centre in Jurong East this year. This centre will complement the work of family practitioners and general practitioners in the area to provide more holistic care with our allied health and nursing services. We have also embarked on partnering other healthcare organisations to help us expand our services and intend to have more collaborations with both public and private healthcare organisations in the future. As we expand, we intend to increase our community care programme for the needy, elderly and disadvantaged.” Dr Tan Chi Chiu is currently Consultant Gastroenterologist, Gastroenterology & Medicine International Pte Ltd, Gleneagles Medical Centre as well as Chairman, Lien Centre for Social Innovation; Singapore Management University, Board Member; National Youth Achievement Awards; elected Council Member, Singapore Medical Council, Chairman of Medical Ethics Committee; Medical Advisory Board Member, Chairman of Endoscopy Committee, Gleneagles Hospital; Fellow, King Edward VII Hall, National University of Singapore and Associate Mentor, Terrific Mentors International. Prof Ho Yew Kee is Head, Department of Accounting, NUS Business School, as well as the President, The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore; Chairman, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Schools Management Committee; Chairman, Audit Committee, St Luke’s Hospital; Director, United International Securities Ltd; Director, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and Member, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council. Associate Prof Mak Yuen Teen who retired as Chairman, joined SATA in 2002 and held many positions during his term of office. He served as Vice Chairperson and led the Governance and Nominating Committee from 2005 till 2008 when he was elected as the Chairman of SATA CommHealth. He served SATA CommHealth with distinction as Chairman from 2008 till June 2013. The newly elected board member is Dr Edward Yang Tuck Loong, age 56. Dr Edward Yang is a Senior Consultant Radiation Oncologist with Gleneagles Hospital. q 4 | HealthLine | September 2013 Staff Welfare Heartfelt Condolences I n HealthLine September 2012, we paid tribute to our late colleague, Mdm Agisha Appukuttan who had been faithfully serving as a radiographer since October 2008. Last June, she suffered a fatal cardiac arrest less than a month after the delivery of her second daughter in India. She is survived by her husband, Mr Biju Sivanandan Sarala and two young daughters (aged 26 months and 11 months). Mdm Agisha was duly covered by corporate insurance purchased by SATA CommHealth to provide financial coverage for all staff. Through this, Mdm Agisha’s family was entitled to a benefit payout of $60,000. On 18 April 2013, Mr Biju, currently a radiographer at the National University Hospital (NUH) was invited to SATA CommHealth’s Headquarters to receive a cheque for $60,000 presented personally by Dr K Thomas Abraham, Chief Executive Officer of SATA CommHealth. CEO of SATA CommHealth, Dr K. Thomas Abraham (centre), handed the cheque to Mr Biju (second from left). “Although this cheque will be a great financial aid to my family, there’s no amount to replace Agisha’s position in the family. I am really glad that in the past six years since both of us first arrived in Singapore, she had enjoyed working at SATA CommHealth very much” commented Mr Biju. q CME Talk Sharing Solutions for Management of Degenerative Knee Arthritis SATA CommHealth organised a Continuing Medical Education (CME) talk on “Management of Degenerative Knee Arthritis” exclusively for external GPs (General Practitioner) and its staff on 28 June 2013 at its auditorium. Dr Jeffery Chew speaking to participants at the talk. B ased on the World Health Organisation statistics released 2010, Ostheoarthritis is one of the ten most disabling diseases in developed countries (WHO, 2010b). Worldwide estimates are that 10% of men and 18% of women aged over 60 years have symptomatic osteoarthritis, including moderate and severe forms. Age is the strongest predictor of the development and progression of osteoarthritis. It is more common in women, increasing after the age of 50 especially in the hand and knee. While joint replacement surgery is mainly carried out among people aged 60 and over, it can also be performed among people of younger ages. In an effort to raise awareness of the management of degenerative knee arthritis among healthcare professionals, Dr Jeffrey Chew (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Specialist and Sports Surgeon) from Centre for Orthopaedics and Hip and Knee Surgery, Mount Elizabeth Hospital was invited to give a talk on the various possible solutions. The 45-year-old speaker is also a member of the design team for the Depuy PFC RPF High Flex knee which is the only mobile bearing high flex knee approved by the US FDA. “Information from this talk is certainly enlightening to many in the middle age group transitioning to the golden years as it gives the audience an idea of where the tell-tale warning signs of knee joint failure. The talk also highlighted many other options other than outright knee joint replacement.” remarked Mr Chong Ah Lek, the Information Systems Senior Manager of SATA CommHealth. q 5 | HealthLine | September 2013 Public Awareness Driving the Anti-smoking Message From East To West T o commemorate the World No Tobacco Day, SATA CommHealth partnered SMRT to launch a smoke-free education campaign through exclusive bus ads on two SMRT buses since end of May 2013 till 23 August 2013. The public health education campaign spanning three months aims to encourage the community at large to stay healthy by adopting a smoke-free lifestyle. The essence of the campaign message emblazoned on SMRT bus services 67 and 963 is reflected in the tag line: “Smoking Burns Away Your Life” . By partnering SATA CommHealth in its push against taking up smoking among youths and females, SMRT subsidised the cost of the advertisement space on the two buses as well as provided a preferential rate for the entire production and design cost. As these two long haul buses ply along highly populated heartlands, schools and commercial/ industrial districts, it will be highly visible to the school-going youths and young female professionals. Through this, it is hoped that they will heed the call to avoid “burning” their precious lives away by abstaining from the detrimental effects of smoking. There is a rising trend of smoking amongst youths and young female professionals in recent years as seen from the recent National Health Survey done in 2010. The prevalence of smoking amongst young Singaporeans aged 18 to 29 which has jumped up to 16.3% from 12.3% in 2004 – represents a 33% increase in just six years1. Reinforcing SATA CommHealth’s longstanding advocacy on lung health since its founding years when it treated TB patients island-wide, former Chairman A/Prof Mak Yuen Teen explained: “As a community healthcare provider, it is our responsibility to educate and inform the community and especially the at-risk groups, particularly the school-going youths and young female professionals, on the detriments of picking up the health-damaging habit of smoking. These anti-smoking bus advertisements are one of several ways by which we hope to inculcate a smoke-free lifestyle in our community”. q Reference: 1 http://www.tobaccofreesingapore.info/2011/02/smoking-in-singapore-on-the-rise-new-approach-needed-urgently/ Medical Centre Updates New Wall Mural For Ang Mo Kio Medical Centre S ATA CommHealth medical centre at Ang Mo Kio had a wall facelift in the second quarter of the year. A new wall mural depicting the milestone of SATA CommHealth was mounted on the exterior of Ang Mo Kio medical centre stretching almost 12 meters in length. Residents will be able to identify and relate to the past and present services from the healthcare provider. q New wall mural at SATA Ang Mo Kio medical centre. 6 | HealthLine | September 2013 Research Grant SATA CommHealth Research Grant 2014 T he SATA CommHealth Research Grant was started in 2009 to encourage budding scientists and experienced researchers to investigate and make new discoveries related to the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. Since then, we have expanded the scope of our research grant to include practice-oriented research in the life sciences and lifelong health. The scope of research for this Grant has therefore been expanded to include public/community health, geriatrics, chronic illnesses and integrated care, in addition to TB and lung health. Hence, the proposed research study could be clinically based or socially/community-oriented but with a healthcare underpinning. The grant applications for 2014 closed at the end of August 2013. Please look out for next year’s inivitation for grant applications which opens between July to end August. q INTERACTIONS Write To Us CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY It’s Pay-back Time Were you once a heavy smoker having difficulties quitting the harmful habit but managed to quit it with the help of someone who has been encouraging and supportive? Give us a citation on this helpful soul who has assisted you in getting rid of cigarettes from your life. In return, SATA CommHealth will reward him / her with a set of complimentary health check at any SATA CommHealth Medical Centre. Email your recommendation (includes his / her contact details - name, contact / mobile number and email) to us at email@example.com before the closing date of 30 December 2013. The shortlisted winner will be notified through phone and email. Community Events Update Have you attended any Community Health Day events organised by SATA CommHealth? Keen to know when and where will our next community event be held? Email us your contact details (name, contact / mobile number and mailing address) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you in the loop of all our upcoming events such as Community Health Days where you get to enjoy complimentary health screening services at SATA CommHealth Medical Centres. q Vaccination & Health Screening HPV Vaccination Alert D o you know that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)* infection can lead to cervical cancer? Reduce the risk of infection with a HPV vaccination. SATA CommHealth offers a new Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination student package. Terms and conditions apply. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact 6244 6688 or visit www.sata.com.sg. q National Day Package A ugust is the month to celebrate our nation’s birthday and also a time to celebrate good health. SATA CommHealth offers a National Day health screening package for you to keep tabs on your health. The package is available for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply. For more details, please call us at 6244 6688 or visit www.sata.com.sg. q 7 | HealthLine | September 2013 SERVICES Medical Services at Your Doorstep S ATA CommHealth’s Homecare service aims to augment the current shortage of homecare services in Singapore. With an ageing population, this new service will also be a boon to the elderly and needy in the community. It reaches out mainly to immobile, physically impaired, post-surgery / illness and aged sick who are incapable of performing activities of daily living by addressing their medical needs. The needy will be accorded discounted services. Under the homecare service, SATA CommHealth covers: • Wound care and dressing • Stoma care • Change of nasogastric / feeding tubes • Tracheostomy care and suctioning • Changing of urinary catheter • Medication packing and review • Removal of stitches and staples • Intramuscular / subcutaneous injection • Blood pressure / blood glucose monitoring • Nebulisation • Periodical diagnostics e.g. venepuncture “With the ageing population and increased demand for hospital services, our homecare services will help to reduce the pressure on hospital beds and enable more medical care to be delivered in the comfort of the patients’ homes. This service is an extension of our primary healthcare services and is also aimed at enhancing Singapore’s healthcare system as a whole” Dr K Thomas Abraham Chief Executive Officer of SATA CommHealth Homecare Service www.sata.com.sg SATA CommHealth offers a range of medical services at your doorstep, including home nursing, home medical, home care supplies and other medical equipment rental (e.g. wheelchairs, walking aids and nebulisers). For more details, please contact 6244 6688. 8 | HealthLine | September 2013 For rehabilitation and to achieve physical independence, SATA CommHealth provides: Physiotherapy Services • • • • • • • • • • Pain Management Neck and Back Treatment for Arthritic Conditions Post-surgical Rehabilitation Neurological Conditions Falls Prevention Sports Injury Management Work-related Injury Management Caregiver Training and Education Wellness Programme for the Elderly Hotline: 6244 6688 | www.sata.com.sg Medical Transportation Services Having difficulties to travel to your doctor or medical centre for treatment? SATA CommHealth offers a new medical transportation service for those who are incapacitated due to age or illness to travel by public transport. This service also caters to the wheelchair bound to SATA CommHealth Medical Centres or a centre of your choice for medical consultation and treatment. Subsidised rates are also available for the needy. 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