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Facts about KTPH

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) is a 590-bed general and acute care public hospital in Yishun, providing a comprehensive range of medical services and specialist care usually offered at most general hospitals.  The hospital is managed by Alexandra Health, a new healthcare cluster formed on 7 Oct 2007. 

KTPH serves more than 700,000 people living in the northern sector of Singapore. The housing estates within 6 km of KTPH are Yishun, Woodlands, Sembawang and Ang Mo Kio. The population in these housing estates is relatively young – 7% are aged 65 years and older, compared to 8.6% in the general population.

The total development cost of KTPH was estimated at about $674m ($555m for buildings, $119m for furniture & equipment). This is fully funded by the Government. The hospital has been named Khoo Teck Puat Hospital to recognize the significant contribution of $125 m ($100m upfront and another $25m over the next five years) by the Estate of Khoo Teck Puat. The donation is used to establish an endowment fund for needy patients and to fund research, continued education, and other hospital-related healthcare causes as determined by the Board of Trustees appointed for the fund. 

Key Milestones

Date Milestone
2001 Announcement of plans to build a new Jurong General Hospital to replace Alexandra Hospital, with completion slated for 2006.
17 March 2004 Revised plan to construct a new hospital in the north of Singapore.
5 May 2006 Appointment of CPG Corporation Pte Ltd as the architects of the project.
16 May 2006 Announcement that the name of the new hospital was to be called Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in acknowledgement of the $125 million donation made by the late hotelier’s family towards the building and funding of the hospital.
28 November 2006 Groundbreaking ceremony at site of new hospital
7 October 2007 Announcement of the formation of Alexandra Health Private Limited Board
7 January 2008 Appointment of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd as the main contractor of the project
April 2008 Commencement of works on superstructure
29 June 2009 Topping out ceremony
28 Mar 2010 Opening of Specialist Outpatient Clinics and Day Surgery Operating Theatre
28 June 2010 Opening of Acute Care and Emergency (A&E) Centre and inpatient wards
15 November 2010 Official Opening of KTPH by Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Holistic Model of Care

KTPH believes in helping patients manage their illness holistically with the help of cross-disciplinary teams comprising specialists and allied- health professionals.  In a traditional mode of care, a patient is treated by a myriad of specialists, each focusing on an episodic treatment of a particular body part. Our vision at KTPH is to pool resources to address health issues faced by specific groups of patients such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases.   

The geriatric clinic, for instance, offers a one-stop healthcare service for patients over 65. Doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and pharmacist work together to address the elderly patient’s physical, mental and social well-being.  As surgery for elderly is prone to complications, a trans-disciplinary approach is taken to ensure coordinated care.  This is different from simply bringing together multiple people to look at a patient separately.  In our model, the team discusses the patient’s case as one team and one physician is identified as the coordinator for the patient’s overall condition.  

Future Plans

Today’s healthcare infrastructure has tended to deliver compartmentalized illness care of body parts.  We aim to provide head-to-toe lifelong anticipatory care of the whole person. 

To achieve this seamless care for patients and to enable aging in place, an integrated and holistic healthcare cluster in the north will be formed. The cluster will include KTPH, a community hospital, and a medical center.

Most of the residents in the North will only require healthcare services that are planned and protocol driven, e.g. health promotion, health screening and chronic disease management. We will work closely with GPs, workplaces and community partners to coordinate the delivery of healthcare services in the community.

To facilitate ageing in place, we will also ensure good and seamless linkages to nursing homes, rehabilitation and home care services. In September 2013 Villa Francis Nursing Home moved to a site across from KTPH to further improve the concept of integrated care.

Information on this page is accurate as of 4 August, 2014.