Medical Emergencies: List of 24-hour Clinics vs A&E in Singapore
 
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Medical Emergencies: List of 24-hour Clinics vs A&E in Singapore

Ruth Lum
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My first brush with a midnight medical emergency was at 13 years old. I woke up with difficulty breathing and felt a choking pain in my throat.

lungs

The G.P. (General Practitioner) my family has been seeing for years does not operate round the clock, and this brought us to our nearest A&E at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

TTSH A&E department ambulance

Source: Today Online

Lucky for me, I survived the ordeal, even though I still do not have a thorough explanation of what exactly happened except that my bronchioles “froze”.

I remember going to school the subsequent weeks boasting about how my bronchioles froze as a result of ice cream that I had just hours before.

Emergencies like these are unprecedented and hence everyone should be mentally prepared. Here’s a list of 24-hour clinics to tend to all your healthcare needs regardless of day or time.

LocationAddressEnquiriesConsultation Fees
(after midnight)
Central
Thomson 24-Hour Family Clinic
(A&E + 24-hr family clinic)
339 Thomson Road,
Singapore 307677
6250 2222From $98
Unihealth 24hr Clinic#01-218, 178 Toa Payoh Central, 3101786203 1639From $80
North-East
Central 24-HR Clinic Group681 Hougang Ave 8, #01-831,
Singapore 530681
6387 6965From $110
North
Central Clinic and Surgery (Yishun)Block 701A Yishun Avenue 5, #01-04
Singapore 761701
6759 7985From $110
North-West
Prohealth 24-Hour Medical ClinicBlock 259 Bukit Panjang Ring Road, #01-18
Singapore 671259
6765 2115Weekdays $82-86
Weekends $86-92
West
Central Clinic and Surgery (Clementi)Block 450 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-291
Singapore 120450
6773 2925From $110
East
Central Clinic and Surgery (Bedok)Block 219 Bedok Central, #01-124
Singapore 460219
6247 6122From $110
Central Tampines 24-Hr Family ClinicBlock 201D Tampines Street 21
#01-1151
6786 7228From $130
Changi Airport
Raffles Medical Airport 24-hr Clinic
65 Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Terminal 3
#B2-MS-15
Singapore 819663
6241 8818From $100

Fees and Charges:

Most 24-hr clinics listed above have consultation fee starting from under $100.

If you’re headed to the A&E department, be prepared to shell out more than $100 just for them to attend to you. Further consultation fees are a separate charge and varies depending on your needs and subsidies.

A&E: Emergency Department Attendance Fees
Doctor's consultation, Nursing care & treatment
Basic Investigation (eg. urine test, blood sugar test, ECG)
Basic treatment (eg. plaster cast, simple suturing & wound dressing)
Standard medication (max. one week's supply upon discharge)
S$121.00

Source: Singapore General Hospital

Waiting Time:

Knowing what needs to be treated at the A&E can save money and time.

This helps to shorten queues, letting real emergencies seek attention quickly.

Some A&Es have a “3-hour waiting time” sign displayed at the entrance. 24hour clinics, on the other hand, may be able to tend to your less severe conditions with less queue.

Midnight Medical Emergencies: 24hr Clinic or A&E?

People often struggle to decide if they should head to the nearest 24hr clinic or to an A&E. This could be due to a few reasons: Insurance coverage, cost, convenience etc.

According to Singhealth and a poll, a regular middle-aged adult who is not pregnant and does not have prevailing conditions should approach it as such:

24hr Clinic:

  • Sprained or twisted ankles
  • Fever
  • Nosebleed
  • Cuts/gash
  • Dizziness
  • Cold/flu
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleed
  • Sore Eyes

Hospital A&E:

  • Elderly’s injuries (requires more immediate attention)
  • Broken limbs
  • Sustained several days of high temperature
  • Breathlessness for prolonged period
  • Sudden and severe pain
  • Sweating and breathlessness
  • Fits and Seizures
  • Vomiting that does not subside
  • Blood in your vomit
  • Slurred Speech
  • Severe hives

Of course, depending on age, elderly and pregnant ladies should seek more immediate attention for such symptoms.

And in times of non-emergencies, it is also helpful to know which hospitals to turn to for more severe conditions like stroke, heart failure, diabetes and chemotherapy, amongst others.

Medical procedures cost

Source: Singaporean’s Guide To Cost Of Hospitalisation Treatment

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