Neighbourhood Health Service (NHS) is a local community service project organised by Medicine, Nursing and Social Work students of NUS. Inaugurated in 2008, NHS aims to identify residents-in-need, especially the elderly and lower-income households, and act as a bridge to reconnect them back to the healthcare system. NHS seeks to reduce the number of residents who:
(i) Suffer from illness but have not been diagnosed yet
(ii) Have previously been diagnosed with illness, but are not receiving medical treatment due to various barriers to healthcare
NHS conducts free health screenings over one weekend to flag out latent conditions. We target the rental block population and conduct both centralised and door-to-door screenings. Subsequently, we conduct follow-up with selected residents every 3-4 months via phone calls and house visits to ensure that they actively seek treatment.
To date, we have screened residents in Taman Jurong, Marine Terrace, Bukit Merah, Eunos Crescent and MacPherson.