The GPFirst programme encourages people with mild to moderate medical conditions to visit their General Practitioners (GPs) first, rather than going directly to the emergency department.
Going to the GP first allows you to receive timely medical treatment for your condition, and enables emergency departments to focus on more urgent cases requiring medical attention.
The programme was introduced at Changi General Hospital (CGH) in 2014. Residents in the East of Singapore receive a $50 subsidy on the prevailing attendance fee when they are referred to the CGH Accident and Emergency Department by participating GPs.
The programme has since expanded to North, North-east and the Western Singapore, with the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) @ Admiralty and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) launching this programme in September 2020, Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) in November 2020, and National University Hospital (NUH) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) in April 2021.
Your GP is the first medical professional you should contact when you feel unwell.
Abdominal Pain or Indigestion
Cold and Flu
Cuts & Bruises
Insect Bites & Stings
Mild Burns & Scalds
Nausea & Vomiting
Strains & Sprains
Your GP can also treat these common conditions – click here to read more.
Go to the hospital emergency department only for emergencies that could result in serious complications or death, e.g. strokes, heart attacks, serious injuries.
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