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Singapore's experience in ensuring continuity of outpatient care during the COVID-19 pandemic
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  • Kathleen SY Sek,
  • Andre TH Tan,
  • Alexander WJ Yip,
  • Eve ME Boon ,
  • GG Teng,
  • Chun-Tsu Lee
Kathleen SY Sek
Alexandra Hospital
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Andre TH Tan
Alexandra Hospital
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Alexander WJ Yip
Alexandra Hospital
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Eve ME Boon
Alexandra Hospital
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GG Teng
Alexandra Hospital
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Chun-Tsu Lee
Alexandra Hospital
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Abstract

The COVID-19 outbreak is a global pandemic with rapid community spread. Patients with multi-morbidities are particularly vulnerable during this time. The number of cases soared in early February 2020, and Singapore declared escalation of the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange. Multiple measures have been taken to combat the spread of this highly contagious infection. Despite our medical manpower being diverted to the wards, our hospital aims to maintain nearly full operations at the clinic, balancing against concern about the spread of the virus and exposing healthcare workers to potential risks. We describe the measures taken in a tertiary hospital in Singapore to mitigate the risk of infection in the outpatient setting while ensuring that continuing clinical care of patients with chronic diseases is not compromised.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

01 Apr 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
09 Apr 2020Assigned to Editor
09 Apr 2020Submission Checks Completed
09 Apr 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
26 May 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
01 Jun 2020Editorial Decision: Accept