Patients go to their family doctor or General Practitioners (GPs) for colds, coughs and simple ailments, but have to see specialists at hospitals for more serious or chronic conditions, right? Well, not exactly. And that is the point of TTSH’s Community Right-Siting Programme (CRiSP).
Launched on 1 April 2014, CRiSP has facilitated the handover of care for patients with stabilised chronic conditions under, but not limited to the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) to our GP partners, and providing them with the tools and knowledge to handle the conditions.
In the long-run, patients who have stable chronic conditions can be managed in the community by our primary care colleagues, and not necessarily by the hospital specialists."
We discussed the development of CRiSP with Adjunct Associate Prof David Foo, Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Cardiology & Clinical Director, Primary Care, who explained that the programme was especially beneficial for patients whose conditions could be better managed outside the hospital. He said that every patient with chronic medical conditions should have a family GP for a more holistic approach to healthcare. Involving family GPs in the overall holistic care of an individual saves time and effort travelling to and waiting for appointments at Specialist Clinics in the hospital.
Adj. A/Prof Foo also touched on the benefits of Shared Care for GPs, “Involving and partnering with our GPs also enhances continual medical education. They develop better relationships with their patients when both specialists and GPs collaborate with the patient’s well-being as the main focus.” GPs would see patients more often, referring them to the hospitals when needed, and seeking advice from specialists when required.
"We need to educate the public and patients on the need to have their family GPs as a first point of contact. They need to know that our GP partners are just as competent, and have the breadth of knowledge to manage their health issues appropriately and holistically. This is in contrast to hospital specialists who have the depth of knowledge in their particular specialty domain."
In the near future, partners can expect enhancements for CRiSP, such as improved drug delivery processes and helplines for our GP partners.
Be part of the Community Right-Siting Programme (CRiSP)!
If you are a GP practicing in the central region of Singapore and are keen to find out more about CRiSP, email us at email@example.com.
- Ang Mo Kio
- Toa Payoh