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 (ED).
Going to the GP first allows you to receive timely medical treatment for your condition, and enables EDs 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 and prioritised over non-emergency cases, when they are referred to CGH Emergency Department by participating GPs.
The programme has since expanded to other regions of Singapore, including the Emergency Departments (ED) or Urgent Care Centers (UCC):
Your GP is the first medical professional you should contact when you feel unwell.
Abdominal Pain or Indigestion
Cold and Flu
Cuts & Open Wounds
Insect Bites & Stings
Mild Burns & Scalds
Diarrhoea & 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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