Patient Care Centre (PCC)

Patient Care Centre (PCC) is a community-based hospital project that was set up in 1997 to assist the rising number of patients with HIV/AIDS, most of whom had little education and work opportunities in the community.

PCC runs programmes under the TTSH Community Fund.

To reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by our patients, PCC helps these patients by providing peer support and interaction with volunteers and healthcare workers. Our aim is to re-build their self-confidence and self-esteem. 

We have a wide range of programmes and activities which are designed to equip them with the skills needed to integrate into society.

PCC has been receiving strong support from both corporate and individual volunteers from all walks of life. Our volunteers contribute their time, energy and talents to help us fulfill our mission.

PCC is located within the grounds of Communicable Disease Centre, Singapore.

Patient Care Centre programmes:

  • Needy Patient
    Programme
  • Rehabilitation
    Programmes 
     
  • Training
    Programmes
     
  • Medication
     
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Dedicated to AIDS/HIV Women’s Needs (DAWN)

DAWN looks after the physical and emotional well-being of women living with HIV/AIDS, as well as provide support for their families.

Many of these women are not local, but are married to local men, often in low paying jobs. For those women who are not local, a job is hard to come by because of their low education and non-PR/citizen status.

Through various programs and services, we hope that these patients will find strength in their lives and be able to cope with their condition.

These programmes include:

  • The Red Ribbon Project
  • Distribution of Food rations and PCC lunch
  • Women’s Support Group
  • Medication Programme

Details of these programmes are further elaborated under the tabs for Rehabilitation Programmes, Training Programmes, and Medication.

Patient rehabilitation and support programmes

1. THE RED RIBBON PROJECT

The Red Ribbon Project at Patient Care Center (PCC) was initiated in 1999.

Each worker gets a monthly stipend of approximately $400-$500/month by making handicrafts or cooking lunches for staff at the Centre.

Workers work from Monday to Friday for 4 hours each day.

Since its inception, this programme is funded through: 

  • The sale of handicrafts made by patients
  • Donations from individuals and organizations

The objectives of the programme are:  

  • To build up patients’ confidence and self-esteem
  • To assist patients return to paid employment
  • To provide diversional therapy
  • To rehabilitate patients after prolonged hospital stay

Activities of the workers include: 

  • Making handicrafts
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • Helping in sales of the handicrafts at a pushcart in Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Assisting in simple administrative tasks

2. Distribution of Food Rations and PCC Lunch

The primary objective of this programme is to provide basic food items to help our needy patients.

Regular sponsorship of dried food rations like rice, milk, cooking oil, biscuits, packet noodles by religious organizations and individuals ensures that needy and cash-strapped patients with HIV/AIDS receive a monthly supply of basic necessities. There are about 170 families who have benefited from this programme. The rations are distributed by volunteers on a monthly basis.

Patients for this programme are selected by our medical social workers.

This programme also offers free lunch to inpatients, SPW’s and walk-in patients from Monday to Friday.

Education and volunteer training programmes

1. Volunteer Training Programme

PCC has a strong team of regular volunteers coming from a wide spectrum of organizations including various religious groups to non-governmental organizations.

The Centre organizes annual volunteer training programme to equip new volunteers with theoretical and practical knowledge in caring for patients with HIV/AIDS.

2. Women’s Support Group

Women’s Support Group was formed in March 1999. It holds 6 meetings a year where female patients participate in social activities facilitated by medical social workers. The women share their experiences, learn from one another, and provide mutual support.

3. HIV Orientation Programme (HOP)

HOP is a peer-led support group for patients who are newly diagnosed with HIV. 3 meetings are held in a year.

The programme provides basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS as well as emotional support through group sharing to increase patients’ ability to cope with living with HIV/AIDS. HOP provides a platform for positive individuals to learn about issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS, enhancing their knowledge in five main areas – clinical treatment, sexual health, nutrition, legal issues and mental well-being.

This programme empowers individuals with healthy coping methods through peer support and sharing.

The programme is extended to all people living with HIV regardless of race, gender, age and sexual orientation.

HIV Medications

This programme provides financial subsidy for patients to buy HIV medications beyond public funding. PCC supports about 65 patients under this programme.

Non-Standard Drug Subsidy Programme

This fund subsidises expensive, non-standard, non-HIV medications and blood tests such as HIV viral load and resistance tests. Some expensive medications not covered by government funding are needed to treat unusual infections in HIV patients.

HIV viral load is an essential blood test to assess the effectiveness of HIV medication. HIV resistance test is an essential blood test to determine if a HIV medication works for a patient.

  • Support the PCC with one-time or regular donations which are administered under the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund.
    • All donations will be channelled to the above PCC programmes.
    • All donations enjoy 2.5 times tax-deduction.
  • Conduct skill training for our patients (e.g. handicraft classes, customer service and retail training)
  • Provide employment opportunities for our patients
  • Donate dried food rations (e.g. milo, oats, biscuits)
 

The PCC co-ordinator 

Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Communicable Disease Centre 1, Patient Care Centre, Block 811, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433


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Tel: 6357 7949, Email: patientcarecentre@ttsh.com.sg