Neighbourhood Health Screening (NHS)
NHS is a local health screening service project that was established in 2007. NHS aims to identify residents-in-need, especially the elderly and residents of lower socioeconomic status living in rental blocks, and act as a bridge to reconnect them back to the healthcare system. Over the past 15 years, NHS has grown and expanded and now involves:
Medical and Nursing students of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Social Work students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS
Medical students of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students of the Singapore Institute of Technology
Nursing students of Nanyang Polytechnic
We bring a comprehensive, holistic health service right to the doorsteps of residents-in-need. This is especially convenient for immobile residents, who are thus encouraged to participate. Our screening module comprises five distinct categories – chronic diseases, functional, mental health, frailty, and cancer.
NHS continues to engage more than 300 residents with abnormal results through our comprehensive follow-up programme to motivate these residents to see GPs to follow up on their screening results. Our committee members engage residents via phone calls (and house visits in more complex cases) at regular 3-monthly intervals, for up to a year after these residents’ last screening. For residents who require more active monitoring (e.g. extremely abnormal screening results, face significant barriers to healthcare), our committee members conduct a house visit every 3-4 months to follow up with residents.
In 2022, NHS conducted its centralised health screening at Kampong Glam CC and piloted its Community Engagement programme -- a series of interactive and practical lessons aiming to teach residents lifestyle modifications that can improve health outcomes.
For more information, please contact Jaycie Koh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood Health Screening