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COVID-19 Treatment Facility at F1 Pit Building – A Successful Partnership with NUHS

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Working collaboratively with National University Health System (NUHS), Fullerton Health Group (FHG) successfully managed a Tier 2 Covid Treatment Facility (CTF) at the F1 Pit Building, which housed a total of 34 beds. The CTF took in patients who were at high risk of developing severe Covid-19 infection but were otherwise stable and did not require hospitalisation. These patients required closer observation due to their risk profile and higher care needs – either from pre-existing comorbidities or a need for assistance in activities of daily living (ADLs), or both.

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The CTF at F1 Pit Building

The CTF went live in early December 2021 under NUHS, before they handed over medical operations to FHG on 10 January 2022. Our team comprising of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and operational personnel continued to provide round-the clock care and support to the patients, with NUHS overseeing clinical governance, until the last day of operations on 9 March 2022. The objective of a CTF was meant to alleviate the pressure on hospitals so that they could admit COVID-19 patients who were seriously ill to receive urgent medical care, which could be the difference in keeping them alive.
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The FHG Team together with a patient who was cared for around the clock

In addition, the CTF at F1 Pit Building was also the first in Singapore to admit and treat End-Stage Renal Failure patients, which was an urgent requirement as dialysis centres were not equipped to manage Covid-19 dialysis patients at that point in time.

According to Dr Lee Ming Yong: “The facility came at a very useful and crucial time when we were facing a steep Omicron wave. The team worked extraordinarily hard to get things up and going. Much had been asked of them and they responded beyond the call of duty, ensuring the highest level of care was provided to our patients at all times. They were absolutely critical in ensuring that we had the capability to treat so many patients within a few weeks.”

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Donning full PPE never dampened the spirits of the FHG Team

In all, the team treated more than 200 patients. The success of this project is a great testament to the team’s dedication, professionalism, and efficiency.

The battle against COVID-19 has been a long and winding one. Even with high vaccination rates and strict restrictions in place, the end is not in sight just yet. Thus, it is even more crucial that both the Government and Private sectors work together so that the nation can continue the fight against the virus. And in this instance, FHG has certainly stepped up to the plate to provide this much-needed help.

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Healthcare workers attending to a patient at theCOVID-19 Treatment Facility at F1 Pit Building

Ensuring smooth inflow of Migrant Workers from Bangladesh and India

Leave a Comment Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, the Construction, Maritime & Processing (CMP) sectors have been severely impacted by restrictions on the inflow of migrant workers (MWs). To ensure a smooth MW inflow and safety from Bangladesh to Singapore, Fullerton Health partnered Bangladesh’s Beximco Group and Novus Clinical Research Services Ltd to provide a one-stop, end-to-end travel bubble mitigating public health risk for employers in the CMP sector. Launched on 9 September 2021, the NOVUS Testing & Quarantine Facility (TQF) has the capability and capacity to handle more than 4,000 MWs per month. Manned by a dedicated 200 strong on-site staff and supported by an onsite operational and clinical consultation team from Fullerton Health, the facility operates based on the stringent Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines from the Singapore government.
MWs undergoing tests and health screening at the NOVUS TQF
Through this facility, MWs from Bangladesh will be brought into Singapore in a “calibrated and seamless manner” for employers. Essential and value-added services such as application of Entry Approvals, booking of flight tickets and food and accommodation are all included. Over in Chennai, India, a Pre-departure Preparatory Program (PDPP) is also underway, which provides an end-to-end solution for employers to safely bring in Work Permit Holders holding in-principle approvals from India to Singapore. This is an industry-led programme sponsored by the Association of Process Industry (ASPRI), delivered by Fullerton Health and HealthSpring, our local partner in India.
MWs undergoing tests and health screening at the NOVUS TQF
The programme aims to integrate overseas training, testing and on-boarding process with Singapore’s on-arrival testing and SHN requirements. Once the workers arrive in Singapore, they are then subject to prevailing health protocols and safe management measures.
Importance of a tightened end-to-end process to bring in migrant workers safely.
Even as businesses continue in their efforts to boost productivity, they still need access to manpower. According to Dr Faizal Kassim, Medical Director of Clinical Services (SG) at Fullerton Health, who is concurrently the Director of the TQF project, believes that both facilities will continue to play a crucial role.
The Fullerton Health team at NOVUS TQF
He said: “Employers in the CMP sectors contribute to the development of infrastructure, as well as construction and maintenance of such infrastructures, which support our economy to enable Singapore to be recognised globally as a leader in these fields. However, the labour crunch due to the pandemic has resulted in project delays and significant labour cost increase, which in turn affect the viability of businesses”. “Besides delays in housing and infrastructure projects which have implications on homeowners and Singaporeans, there are implications on Singapore’s global competitiveness, credibility of our businesses and locals employed in these sectors when projects are not delivered on time or terminated,” he added. For more information, visit https://www.fullertonhealth.com/sg/services/tqf-dhaka-bangladesh/ And https://www.fullertonhealth.com/sg/services/pdpp-chennai-india/