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Neighbourhood Health Screening (NHS)

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The Neighbourhood Health Service (NHS) is a local health screening service project involving Medicine and Nursing students of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS), Social Work students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (NUS), and Medicine students of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (NTU). NHS aims to identify residents-in-need, especially the elderly and residents of lower socio-economic status living in rental blocks, and act as a bridge to reconnect them back to the healthcare system. In essence, NHS seeks to reduce the size of two main groups of residents:

 

  1. Residents who suffer from illness but have not yet been diagnosed

  2. ​Residents who have previously been diagnosed with illness, but are not receiving medical treatment due to various barriers to healthcare (e.g. cost, mobility, personal reluctance)

 

In the long term, NHS also hopes to evolve into a replicable health service model that can be adopted by healthcare institutions nationwide.

 

NHS conducts free health screenings, both at a centralised location and door-to-door, to bring health services to residents' doorsteps. Subsequently, follow-up is conducted for residents with abnormal screening results to make sure that they are reconnected to the healthcare system (i.e. actively seeking treatment for their conditions).

 

The inaugural NHS was held in January 2008, serving the residents of Taman Jurong Zone B. Since then, NHS has served 7 districts comprising more than 5000 residents and increased the number of screening modalities to 16, from an initial 3. The most recent screenings were conducted in 2019, in Kampong Glam and Leng Kee.

 

Whilst NHS’ centralised screenings have been put on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our service continues through door-to-door screenings and extended follow-up programmes.

 

For more information, please contact Tai Wen Bin at WTAI005@e.ntu.edu.sg or Shamir Jaffar at MUHAMEDS001@e.ntu.edu.sg

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