As if the infrastructure of the MRT is not sufficient, our Hospital infrastructure is also painfully inadequate
Let me cite an example.
If you have a family emergency in the west, the nearest hospital is Ng Teng Fong Hospital.
While that is true, it then gets complicated. It is broken down into specialities.
So while its true you got to the hospital in the nick of time, you again need to be transferred to another hospital.
So driving as fast as possible to the hospital is one thing.
Getting the right skill and attended to is another.
Now comes the complexity. After being treated, the patient will be moved to yet another hospital at A&E to transfer to the right specialist with the right kungfu.
Still not an issue.
Issue here is transferring to the hospital is another 25 mins.
Then at the same sibling cluster like NUH, the specialist will again attend to the patient. Another half an hour.
Still not an issue.
The real issue here is the Specialist need to book the operating theatre which is shared by other equally important cases to be treated.
So while the patient may have arrived in time. The facilities is really CMI
Minimum waiting time to have an available operating theatre depends on the A&E load and the schedule at that time.
So my best guess is 2 to 3 hours max from the time the doc says ok, I know what to do?
Not necessary. From the near estimate, it can range from anything up to 6 to 8 hours.
I was just thinking to myself. Yes, now is require surgery already so long. WHAT IF its a brain haemorrhage or worst, life-critical condition or when face with the golden hour of fixing things up because as the hr pass, the chances of full recovery slips.?
Obviously, hospital care is like buying a refrigerator or washing machine.
You not too bothered about the price. You probably worried the time it is available or the efficiency when you need it.
But, this is really an appalling state that we are struggling with and need to be quickly sorted out.
I would say, forget about the 6.5 million population. Settle the immediate need first to cater for the 4 million population before the floodgate is open.