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.
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.
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.
|Thomson 24-Hour Family Clinic|
(A&E + 24-hr family clinic)
|339 Thomson Road,|
|6250 2222||From $98|
|Unihealth 24hr Clinic||#01-218, 178 Toa Payoh Central, 310178||6203 1639||From $80|
|Central 24-HR Clinic Group||681 Hougang Ave 8, #01-831,|
|6387 6965||From $110|
|Central Clinic and Surgery (Yishun)||Block 701A Yishun Avenue 5, #01-04|
|6759 7985||From $110|
|Prohealth 24-Hour Medical Clinic||Block 259 Bukit Panjang Ring Road, #01-18|
|6765 2115||Weekdays $82-86
|Central Clinic and Surgery (Clementi)||Block 450 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-291|
|6773 2925||From $110|
|Central Clinic and Surgery (Bedok)||Block 219 Bedok Central, #01-124|
|6247 6122||From $110|
|Central Tampines 24-Hr Family Clinic||Block 201D Tampines Street 21|
|6786 7228||From $130|
Raffles Medical Airport 24-hr Clinic
|65 Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Terminal 3|
|6241 8818||From $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)
Source: Singapore General Hospital
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:
- Sprained or twisted ankles
- Sore Eyes
- 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.
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