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​Second student-organised health screening warmly welcomed by Teck Ghee residents

Published on: 06-Oct-2018

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The buzz of conversation fills the air-conditioned hall at Teck Ghee Community Club (TGCC) as the residents from the surrounding housing estate register for the second community health screening organised by LKCMedicine students that started this morning on Saturday, 6 October at 8am and finished at noon.

Taking place over two mornings this weekend, this health screening which is free for the Pioneer Generation, is organised together with the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and Teck Ghee Community Club. The health screening is open to Singaporean residents aged 40 years and above. The Snellen Eye Test has been added to this health screening.

The chair of LKCares committee, under which this health screening falls, Year 2 Low Wei Yang said, "I hope this event will increase general awareness and provide an accessible health service to residents of Teck Ghee, especially for those who lack financial means or time to go for routine check-ups. I also hope to establish solid grounding for LKCares so that it will become a routine event organised, backed and funded by our school, for the benefit of the Singaporeans." The students are expecting 500 residents to benefit from this health screening.

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Residents who turn up for the screening go through two sections: first through the NHG stations where their BMI and blood pressure are checked, and blood is taken to be tested; then the LKCMedicine stations for those 60 years old and above to be assessed on mobility, visual acuity, urinary incontinence, signs of colorectal cancer through the fecal immunochemical test kit, women's health and mental health. NHG will contact residents with their blood test results and will refer them to the appropriate healthcare institutions for follow-up. Mental health questionnaire respondents will be referred to the Ang Mo Kio Family Services Centre if they fall in the 'at-risk' range. TGCC has thoughtfully provided a bun and a hot drink for those who have finished the NHG section as residents have been requested to fast before their blood test.

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At the end of the health screening, residents are asked a few quick questions about their experience, which will go towards ensuring better health screenings in the future. Many residents expressed delight with the students, with easy rapport established. One resident, aged about 70, said, "The students are all very kind and friendly. This kind of health screening is very helpful. It's very good that we were given flyers at home." Another resident expressed regret jokingly that as she was less than 60 years old, she couldn't take advantage of the LKCMedicine stations.

The LKCares committee aims to bring this outreach event to other needy neighbourhoods in Singapore, to spread health awareness as well as encourage residents to not lose contact with their healthcare system support.

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