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Staff working hard to get Jurong hospital ready by July

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital's workers and staff rush to get it ready for the targeted mid­-year opening.

Staff working hard to get Jurong hospital ready by July
23 Mar 2015 ,  The Straits Times

By Salma Khalik
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission. 

The Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) in Jurong has been a hive of activity since it obtained its Temporary Occupation Permit on March 12, as workers and staff rush to get it ready for its targeted mid­-year opening. 

Buildings cannot be occupied until this permit is given, certifying that it is safe for occupancy. 

The 700­-bed public hospital was originally due to open last year, but building hiccups have delayed the opening. Once in use, these beds will give an 11 per cent boost to available public hospital beds, bringing the total to about 8,000. 

Demand for public hospital beds is very high and has resulted in patients being placed temporarily in corridors, converted carparks and in tents. 

Mr Foo Hee Jug, chief executive officer of JurongHealth to which the hospital belongs, told The Straits Times: "We are now working hard on commissioning and getting the hospital operationally ready by July." 

The new hospital caters to rising healthcare needs in the west and former health minister Khaw Boon Wan had promised in 2008 that the latest it will open is this year. 

The hospital is now putting in furniture and equipment, which have to be tested to ensure that they all work properly. 

Said Mr Foo: "The next few months will see more staff deployed on site to familiarise themselves with the new workspace, new systems, technology and equipment." 

It will include simulations where staff will pose as patients to test the hospital flow and services. It also includes things like synchronised flushing of more than 160 toilets and urinals to ensure there is enough water pressure. 

The hospital has acquired Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), robot boxes that can be programmed to carry items ­ from medication to linen to meals ­ around the hospital, saving on manpower. 

The 20 AGVs, all fitted with sensors so they will not run into people, will work non-­stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week ­ but patients will not see them as their route will be in "back­of­house" areas. 

Traditionally, materials transportation is done manually with possible delays or no-­show deliveries. With AGVs, such transportation will be pre­determined, programmed and automated to ensure efficient day­to­day hospital operations," said Mr Foo. 

The hospital will open in phases, with its clinics, a few wards and critical care services as well as its emergency department opening first, with more beds coming on stream over the subsequent months. 

Mr Foo does not plan to rush the opening. 

He said: "Opening smoothly and safely are our key priorities, hence it is important to allow sufficient time for our staff to be familiar with the new physical environment." 

In fact, staff have already begun training on the new systems and equipment at Alexandra Hospital where they are currently working. 

When NTFGH opens, the sprawling 330­bed Alexandra Hospital will close to patients for a few weeks for renovation. It will reopen with a new team from the next public hospital to open ­ in Sengkang in 2018. 

As services at the NTFGH ramp up, more staff will be employed, said Mr Foo. But for the moment, he has enough.

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<div class="ExternalClassD42A93375A5B41C6B0F8A7DE67634844"><div>Staff working hard to get Jurong hospital ready by July</div><div>23 Mar 2015 ,  The Straits Times</div><div>
</div><div>By Salma Khalik</div><div>Source&#58; The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission. </div><div>
</div><div>The Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) in Jurong has been a hive of activity since it obtained its Temporary Occupation Permit on March 12, as workers and staff rush to get it ready for its targeted mid­-year opening. </div><div>
</div><div>Buildings cannot be occupied until this permit is given, certifying that it is safe for occupancy. </div><div>
</div><div>The 700­-bed public hospital was originally due to open last year, but building hiccups have delayed the opening. Once in use, these beds will give an 11 per cent boost to available public hospital beds, bringing the total to about 8,000. </div><div>
</div><div>Demand for public hospital beds is very high and has resulted in patients being placed temporarily in corridors, converted carparks and in tents. </div><div>
</div><div>Mr Foo Hee Jug, chief executive officer of JurongHealth to which the hospital belongs, told The Straits Times&#58; &quot;We are now working hard on commissioning and getting the hospital operationally ready by July.&quot; </div><div>
</div><div>The new hospital caters to rising healthcare needs in the west and former health minister Khaw Boon Wan had promised in 2008 that the latest it will open is this year. </div><div>
</div><div>The hospital is now putting in furniture and equipment, which have to be tested to ensure that they all work properly. </div><div>
</div><div>Said Mr Foo&#58; &quot;The next few months will see more staff deployed on site to familiarise themselves with the new workspace, new systems, technology and equipment.&quot; </div><div>
</div><div>It will include simulations where staff will pose as patients to test the hospital flow and services. It also includes things like synchronised flushing of more than 160 toilets and urinals to ensure there is enough water pressure. </div><div>
</div><div>The hospital has acquired Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), robot boxes that can be programmed to carry items ­ from medication to linen to meals ­ around the hospital, saving on manpower. </div><div>
</div><div>The 20 AGVs, all fitted with sensors so they will not run into people, will work non-­stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week ­ but patients will not see them as their route will be in &quot;back­of­house&quot; areas. </div><div>
</div><div>Traditionally, materials transportation is done manually with possible delays or no-­show deliveries. With AGVs, such transportation will be pre­determined, programmed and automated to ensure efficient day­to­day hospital operations,&quot; said Mr Foo. </div><div>
</div><div>The hospital will open in phases, with its clinics, a few wards and critical care services as well as its emergency department opening first, with more beds coming on stream over the subsequent months. </div><div>
</div><div>Mr Foo does not plan to rush the opening. </div><div>
</div><div>He said&#58; &quot;Opening smoothly and safely are our key priorities, hence it is important to allow sufficient time for our staff to be familiar with the new physical environment.&quot; </div><div>
</div><div>In fact, staff have already begun training on the new systems and equipment at Alexandra Hospital where they are currently working. </div><div>
</div><div>When NTFGH opens, the sprawling 330­bed Alexandra Hospital will close to patients for a few weeks for renovation. It will reopen with a new team from the next public hospital to open ­ in Sengkang in 2018. </div><div>
</div><div>As services at the NTFGH ramp up, more staff will be employed, said Mr Foo. But for the moment, he has enough.</div></div>
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