Palliative care in Singapore recently received a boost with the expansion of Dover Park Hospice. A non-profit organization which admits about half of all palliative care in-patients, Dover Park Hospice has increased its bed space by 20 percent to make it a total of 50 beds.
In addition, the hospice has also enhanced their manpower and expertise to care for terminally-ill patients with more acute medical conditions. Mr Chey Chor Wai, Chairman of Dover Park Hospice, shared that the expansion was planned four years ago in anticipation of the ageing population, with a task force making learning trips to leading hospices in San Diego, Perth and Hong Kong to gather information on the best practices in palliative care.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who officiated the opening of Dover Park Hospice’s new wing on 5th January, commended the hospice for developing its capabilities to meet the changing profile of palliative care patients in Singapore. He noted that end-of-life patients now also need more sub-acute care in the form of administering of intravenous antibodies and blood transfusions, procedures that would ordinarily require them to be re-admitted to hospitals. The addition of beds, upgrading of equipment, improved training of hospice caregivers and introduction of an integrated home palliative-care service have also created a higher level of palliative care.
Dover Park Hospice, together with the Singapore Hospice Council and the other seven hospices will be looking to do more to increase the awareness of hospice services and to bring palliative care to more patients in Singapore.
Health Minister Mr Gan Kim officially opens the new wing with DPH Chairman Chey Chor Wai
Newly renovated wards at DPH