Yishun is the healthcare hub of the North. We have two hospitals and a network of wellness centres and health facilities- see the map to locate the one closest to you.
Hospitals and Polyclinics
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Yishun Community Hospital complement each other. KTPH provides general acute care, while YCH helps patients recuperate.
They are both “hospitals in gardens”, with thriving rooftop gardens where they grow vegetables for their patients. They are also integrated into our community- together with Nee Soon grassroots, they run programmes to promote healthy living and ageing-in-place.
Yishun Polyclinic is also being upgraded, while Kebun Baru residents can visit a new Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic now. There will be another polyclinic in Nee Soon Central by 2023.
Nee Soon is at the forefront of national efforts to prepare for an ageing population. We have many new Senior Activity and eldercare centres. In 2017 alone, new senior activity and eldercare centres opened in Blk 180 in Kebun Baru, Kebun Baru Community Club and Khatib Court (map). To build a community of seniors taking care of their health together, three wellness kampungs in Chong Pang, Nee Soon Central and Nee Soon East were opened in 2016, while Nee Soon South has long had a similar Wellness Centre.
Nee Soon was the first in Singapore to open a Pioneer Generation Office (now the Silver Generation Office). The Office explains policies like the Pioneer Generation package, Medishield Life and Silver Support to seniors and ensure they get help from the policies. These policies work together to give every elderly person peace of mind that they can afford healthcare and living expenses in their retirement.
First Dementia-Friendly Community in Singapore
Yishun is also the first dementia-friendly community in Singapore. Shopkeepers, police personnel and residents have been trained to recognise dementia and help dementia patients.
Sree Narayana Mission is also the first 24-hour dementia go-to point in Singapore. If the public finds any dementia patients lost and unable to state their address, they can bring the patients to the Mission.
View the map for other dementia go-to points in Nee Soon.
Protecting residents from disease
MP for Nee Soon South, Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah, wants to help residents protect themselves from common diseases.
In 2015, Nee Soon South opened its first kidney dialysis centre at Blk 840, the first in Singapore with an attached outreach centre. It complements the kidney dialysis centre in Nee Soon Central.
Just next door in Blk 839 is Nee Soon South’s wellness centre. There, residents can exercise, take their own health statistics like blood pressure and blood sugar, and seek advice from the nurse. The centre also focuses on raising awareness around diabetes and smoking cessation.
Nee Soon South has almost completed its network of 50 Designated Smoking Points, which shield passersby from second-hand smoke. This unique initiative cost half a million dollars in private donations.
The DSPs funnel second-hand smoke away from pedestrians.
People with special needs
People with special needs are not forgotten. In 2017, Nee Soon Central welcomed a MINDS Activity Centre for students with intellectual disabilities.
The upcoming Thomson Community Hub near Kebun Baru will have centres catering to autism spectrum disorders, pan-disabilities, and children with special needs (under the EIPIC programme).