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Over 1,000 General Practitioner clinics open during Chinese New Year holidays

1,033 general practitioner (GP) clinics, of which 758 are Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs), will be open at various times during the Chinese New Year public holidays from 11 February to 14 February 2021. The public may access the latest list of GP clinics and their operating hours through the Ministry of Health's (MOH) website.

We encourage members of the public who feel unwell during the festivities to visit their GP or a 24-hour clinic for minor, self-limiting conditions. We advise the public to seek medical treatment at a hospital’s Accident & Emergency (A&E) department only for serious or life-threatening emergencies, such as chest pain, breathlessness, and uncontrollable bleeding.

Members of the public who develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (such as cough, sore throat and runny nose) as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, are strongly encouraged to visit a PHPC and get tested early when advised by their doctor. 490 PHPCs will be able to provide polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swabs for COVID-19 for at least one day during the Chinese New Year period.

Six Regional Screening Centres across the island will also continue to operate during their normal hours (10am to 4pm daily) and take patients who have been referred for a swab by their doctor. It is important to test for COVID-19 early for early detection, management and containment to prevent further spread of the disease, to help protect our loved ones and vulnerable members of the community.

MOH wishes everyone a happy Chinese New Year and a healthy year ahead. MOH would also like to take this opportunity to remind the public to eat in moderation and continue exercising regularly to stay healthy over the holiday period.

 

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
10 FEBRUARY 2021