On 20th July 2022, to increase its outreach and better serve more needy kidney patients in Singapore, the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) opened a new dialysis centre at Admiralty Link. The new San Wang Wu Ti-KDF Dialysis Centre was officially opened by Senior Minister of State for Health, Communications, and Information – Dr Janil Puthucheary.
The San Wang Wu Ti-KDF Dialysis Centre will be KDF’s fourth dialysis centre. KDF Chairman – Dr Lim Cheok Peng said: “As Singapore’s dedicated dialysis service provider is focused on serving the underprivileged, being able to provide our patients with quality, affordable care remains as our lifelong commitment to them.” Dr Lim said that the new centre is equipped with 19 haemodiafiltration (HDF) machines, granting 114 kidney patients a second chance at life.
The new dialysis centre will also serve as a testbed for KDF to actively introduce the use of medical technology (MedTech) and customised exercise programmes into patients’ treatment and care. KDF has engaged Hublet to implement a secure and multipronged strategy to improve patients’ dialysis experience. Hublet provides entertainment during 4-hour dialysis treatments and delivers educational resources such as digital health brochures, recipes and pre-recorded health webinars that patients can refer to and better manage their conditions.
If the trial is successful, Hublet can be used in the Foundation’s future efforts for tele-befriending, as well as visiting with volunteers and caregivers. It will also be used to support teleconsultation between patients and doctors.
Anissa Margono – International Sales Manager of Hublet said: “Hublet has been used in many hospitals and day-care centres in Finland. It has helped both staff in their work tasks and patients to improve their well-being during their stays. I believe this time, Hublet will successfully support the new dialysis centre to increase their patient’s experience.”
With these trials, if patients show promising progress through MedTech systems and tailored exercise programmes, KDF will roll these initiatives out to the rest of its centres island-wide.
This collaboration is initiated by Hublet’s distributor in Singapore: idsMED.
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About Kidney Dialysis Foundation Singapore
Established in 1996, the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a company limited by guarantee. It is registered as a charity under the Charities Act 1994 and is governed and monitored by our Charity Sector Administrator, the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Commissioner of Charities. KDF is also an Institution of Public Character (IPC) charity organisation dedicated to providing subsidised dialysis treatments and holistic care to needy members of the community.
Kidney patients at KDF belong to the lowest 10% income group in Singapore, more than half of whom have a monthly per capita income (PCI) of $1,000 and below. To date, KDF has served more than 800 patients, granting needy end-stage kidney patients a new lease of life through quality treatment and holistic care.