Changi General Hospital, Singapore

Changi General Hospital is a 790 bed Singapore hospital with a comprehensive range of medical services, caring for the healthcare needs of the community in the East. Changi General Hospital was built to serve the healthcare needs of the community living east of the Kallang Basin. It was an amalgamation of the Toa Payoh Hospital and the Changi Hospital. Although it was officially opened on 28 March 1998, it already has a rich heritage and culture derived from its predecessor, Toa Payoh Hospital.

The history of Changi General Hospital is therefore the story of Toa Payoh Hospital.The hospital began humbly in 1959 as Thomson Road Hospital. It opened its doors with a single ward, situated on the top of a hill in a swampy and sparsely populated area. It was designated as a hospital for the chronic sick and for the people in surrounding communities.

Changi General Hospital introduced more clinical specialties including neurosurgery, Sports Medicine, Dermatology, Rheumatology and outpatient O&G services to meet the growing healthcare needs of the community.

The Changi Sports Medicine Centre (CSMC) was opened in 12 September 2003. Two years later on 11 November 2005, it was expanded with a new Medical Wing. The CSMC is Singapore's biggest integrated sports medicine centre within a hospital. It provides a multi-disciplinary sports medicine services under one roof to athletes and active individuals. Equipped with modern diagnostic technology, the centre is able to provide our patients with quality sports rehabilitation and performance enhancement programs.

The hospital also addresses the needs of elderly and the less well off through the introduction of HOPE (Holistic and Professional Eldercare Initiative) in August 2001, HomeCare Assist in July 2002 and CHAMPS in September 2005. HOPE aims to build a professional "eldercare ecosystem" by enhancing community facilities for the elderly and training volunteer carers to serve as health care ambassadors. HomeCare Assist is a charity fund to help needy ill or bedridden patients when they are discharged from the hospital. The hospital's team of social workers, therapists, nurses and doctors evaluate the needs of these patients and provide them with a basket of help according to their circumstances. CHAMPS is a volunteer training program targeted to help the elderly with their healthcare needs.

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