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Reflections on Neighbourhood Health Screening
A student of mine participated in Neighbourhood Health Screening 2016 and shared with me some important takeaways:
-The doctors tasked to carry out house visits (to residents who required Follow-up) were unable to prescribe medication to patients in need of them. Only a referral letter could be given to the person-in-need, but if the individual were to be unable to leave his home, the referral letter would be deemed not useful.
A solution to this would be to request for General Practitioners whose clinics are in the vicinity to pay the residents a visit if possible. Home visits like such may however be costly for the patient.
- Residents felt that to visit the General Practitioner is rather costly, especially if they have to collect medication for hyperlipidemia on a routine basis. Residents could consider visiting the polyclinic, or use their CHAS cards at the GP clinic or polyclinic for subsidies.
- Some residents did not feel the urgency to see a doctor even if they had abnormal phlebotomy readings. They felt that visiting the doctor would only be necessary if they were "very sick". Health belief models should be applied to persuade these patients to get regular checkups and have followups for the irregular blood tests.