Singaporeans love convenience, and above all, Singaporeans love free things.
From now till June 30 this year, patients under the SingHealth group of healthcare institutions can enjoy free delivery of their prescribed medicine — after which, they will be charged S$8 per delivery.
This service is available for hospital patients from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Changi General Hospital, Sengkang General Hospital and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
Patients at the Singapore National Eye Centre, the National Cancer Centre Singapore, and the National Heart Centre Singapore, as well as SingHealth Polytechnics, can also leverage on this service.
According to SGH’s director of pharmacy Lim Mum Moon, this service will greatly “benefit patients who are prescribed long-term medications” such as those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
After consulting with the doctor, patients can skip the medicine collection queue and opt for their medication to be delivered instead.
Patients can sign up for the service at the outpatient pharmacy in the institution that issued their prescriptions. Payment-wise, it can be made online or at payment kiosks in the pharmacies.
Delivery Takes 3 Working Days
The medication will be delivered within three working days, either to the patient’s home or to various collection points islandwide.
Some of these collection points include Prescription in Locker Boxes (also known as Pilboxes), which are located at SingHealth polyclinics in Bedok, Marine Parade, Punggol, Sengkang, and Tampines.
SGH and KKH patients can also opt for delivery to 18 bluPort self-collection lockers, which are mostly located at FairPrice Xpress outlets in Esso petrol stations and Cheers convenience stores.
For subsequent medication refills, patients can request via a phone call to the pharmacy or the SingHealth Health Buddy app.
The app also lets you reschedule medical appointments, set up reminder alerts to take the medicine, check information such as dosage, side effects and storage instructions for over 300 commonly prescribed medications.
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