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The GPFirst programme aims to encourage people with mild to moderate medical conditions to visit their GPs first, rather than going direct to the emergency departments. Going to the GP allows you to receive timely medical treatment and you might help to save lives by freeing up the emergency departments for more urgent cases.

The programme first started with Changi General Hospital (CGH) in 2014, where 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 now expanded to the northeast region, with Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) launching this programme from November 2020.

Click here to search for a participating clinic near you. Please select "GPFirst" under Programme. 


How GPFirst works

Your GP is the first medical professional you should contact when you feel unwell.   

  • Visit a participating GPFirst Clinic. 
  • If your GP refers you to the emergency department after assessing your condition, you will receive a $50 subsidy on the prevailing attendance fee at the respective hospitals.
  • Based on the recommendation by your GP, you will be referred to either CGH or SKH.

Go to a GP if you have mild-to-moderate symptoms such as:

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.

For enquiries, please call:

Changi General Hospital         6788 8833 (24 hrs)

Sengkang General Hospital    6930 5000 (24 hrs)

* Terms & Conditions

  1. The GPFirst programme is open to all residents living in Singapore, including PRs and foreigners.
  2. This programme and its $50 subsidy are only applicable at Changi General Hospital or Sengkang General Hospital emergency departments.
  3. This programme is currently open to participating GP clinics in eastern and northeastern Singapore (Click here to search for a participating clinic near you).
  4. For the GPFirst referral to be valid, the original Referral Form must be fully completed and produced together with the patient’s NRIC/passport/work pass, at the point of registration at CGH or SKH emergency departments.
  5. The referral date and time, clinic stamp must be clearly indicated on the original GPFirst Referral Form.
  6. Patient's visit to the emergency department must be within the same day of the GP's referral or up to 0200hrs of the following day if the form is issued close to midnight.
  7. Specialised investigations required and/or non-standardised medication prescribed at CGH or SKH emergency departments will be separately charged.
  8. The programme's terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.