Pre-Admission, Admission & Discharge
Inpatient Care at St Luke’s Hospital
At St Luke’s Hospital, we care for patients holistically through clinical, social and pastoral care, helping them to recover and return home safely.
Admissions are usually for:
Patients who require assistance to improve their physical function through physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and/or other forms of therapy, before reintegrating into the community.
Patients recovering from sub-acute medical conditions and require an additional short-term period of medical stabilisation, nursing and therapy-focused care.
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St Luke’s Hospital’s referral team will contact the next-of-kin of the patient on matters such as financial counselling, visiting policy, charges and initial discharge care plan.
Arriving at St Luke’s Hospital
The referring hospital would arrange the transport of patients to St Luke’s Hospital. Admission timings are usually within office hours.
Processes upon arrival at St Luke’s Hospital
Upon arrival, patients will be brought to the ward to be attended by the ward team. Patients’ next-of-kin will proceed to the Business Office (located on level 1) for admission procedures.
A multi-disciplinary team including doctors, nurses, therapists, medical social workers, pharmacists and pastoral care staff will look after you.
Doctors with post-graduate training in family and geriatric medicine are augmented by visiting specialists. Your doctor may refer you to other healthcare professionals such as dietitian.
Nurses care for you around the clock. They will help you with medication, monitor your vital signs and, if needed, help you with toileting.
Therapists may assess you and advise you about the type, frequency and duration of rehabilitation.
Medical Social Workers may help you with enquiries on community resources and financial assistance.
When will patients be discharged?
Based on each patient’s individualised care plan and recovery progress, our care team will advise on the estimated discharge date.
Our Care team will advise on the recommended follow up, which may include:
- Medical appointments at St Luke’s Community Clinic
- Outpatient rehabilitation at our Day Rehabilitation Centre
- Home care for clients who are home-bound
Community & Social Support
St Luke’s Hospital care coordinators will follow up with patients via phone calls or home visits to check to ensure they are coping well at home. Our medical social workers may also recommend community or social support programmes to facilitate patients’ return to the community.
In addition, we also run programmes for caregiver training and caregiver support groups.
Charges, Payments, Subsidies & Means Testing
Frequently Asked Questions
ST LUKE’S HOSPITAL ADMITS PATIENTS WITH THE FOLLOWING PROFILE:
- Any patient who is 40 years or older can be admitted for medical care and rehabilitation.
- Of any race and religion; and
- Medically stable for physical rehabilitation or continuing care.
- For patients suffering from stroke, hip fracture, amputations and general de-conditioning post surgical / medical conditions
PATIENTS UNSUITABLE* FOR ADMISSION INCLUDE THOSE WHO:
- Have unresolved social problems / discharge plan
- Have drains, traction, or require heavy spinal nursing care
- Require assisted ventilation
*Criteria for inpatient palliative care may differ from the above.
No. The allocation of ward is subject to bed availability.
A discharge plan is a customised plan to cater to the patient’s care needs post discharge. Most patients are discharged to return home but with scheduled follow-up appointments at our Day Rehabilitation Centre, St Luke’s Community Clinic or with Home Care Services. Some patients may be discharged to long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.