The non-exhaustive list below includes commonly asked questions with regards to our annual free health screening, both general and station-specific. Got a question but can't find the answer below? Get in touch with us here.

General

1. Why is there an age limit?

Those aged above 40 are considered to have higher risk for developing chronic diseases

2. What is the opening and closing times of PHS 2018?

13th and 14th October 2018 (Saturday and Sunday), 8am to 5pm

3. Do I have to pay?

No, this is a complimentary screening.

4. Who is paying for the screening?

Our sponsors include the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Fund, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Lee Foundation, Ministry of Health Holdings, NUHS-Regional Health System, Clementi Community Centre, Singapore Medical Association (SMA) Charity Fund and South West Community Development Council (SWCDC).

5. How long will the whole screening take?

The screening will take approximately one to one and a half hours.

6. Can I take a queue number and come back later?

Queue numbers are given to participants to facilitate the registration process. If you miss your queue number by more than 30, you will have to re-queue. Hence, if you have to leave, we will recommend that you return within about 5 minutes of getting your queue number.

7. Where are the volunteers from?

Besides medical students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, our volunteer pool also consists of nursing students from the NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, NUS dentistry students, NUS pharmacy students, medical students from the NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, as well as health professionals and staff from our partner organisations.

8. Who is eligible for the health check?

Singaporeans and PRs aged 40 years and above (age based on year, not exact date). If you are not eligible for the health check, there is a health exhibition open to all that you can visit. You can also invite your friends and relatives to the screening/exhibition.

9. What do I need to take note of?

Please bring along your NRIC, CHAS card (if applicable) and long-term medications (if any).

Please also note that if you are eligible for phlebotomy (venipuncture; see criteria below) and would like to participate, you are required to fast for at least 8 hours. We regret to inform that if you fail to meet this criteria, we will not be able to draw your blood as the results would be inaccurate.

 

BMI Station

1. What is done at BMI station?

Take height and weight and calculate BMI.

2. What is BMI? What does it mean?

Body mass index. To assess risk for cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes mellitus. 

3. Can I skip the BMI station?

No.

 

History Taking Station

1. What will be done in history taking?

A series of questions will be asked in order to assess your eligibility for subsequent stations and to check if there are any outstanding issues that we can help you with. If you have any alarming problems, doctors present on site will take a look at your medical history later on to better manage your concerns.

2. Can I skip history taking?

No.

3.  I came for PHS last year. Can I skip the history taking station and go straight to consult the on-site doctor?

No, we would need to take your history again in case of any changes.

4. Do I need to bring my past medical records or medication lists?

Not compulsory, but ideal to bring along, especially if you do see the doctor for consultation. Also, please note that we do not have access to the hospital database so we do not have your hospital records.

 

Phlebotomy Station

1. What is the purpose of venipuncture?

To check your blood glucose and lipids/cholesterol, which is part of the screening for hyperlipidemia (HLD) and diabetes mellitus (DM)

2. What is done during venipuncture?

A blood sample will be drawn by a phlebotomist or nurse from one of your veins.

3. Who is eligible for venipuncture (phlebotomy)?

  • Fasted for at least eight hours
  • Have not done a blood test for diabetes mellitus (DM) / hyperlipidemia (HLD) in the past 1 year
  • Not previously diagnosed with DM/HLD

4. If I fasted less than 8 hours can I still go for venipuncture?

No, as the results will be skewed and the interpretation will be inaccurate. 

5. If I drank (anything other than water e.g. Milo) during fasting, can I still go for venipuncture?

No, as the results will be skewed and the interpretation will be inaccurate.

6. If I am previously diagnosed to have diabetes or hyperlipidemia, can I still go for venipuncture?

No, as you should already be doing your regular blood tests with your GPs.

7.   Which laboratory will my venous sample be sent to?

NUH Laboratory Medicine.

8. When will I know my results and how will you be informing me?

Within two weeks of the event; by mail.

9. What happens if my results are abnormal?

Having abnormal results does not guarantee that you have a particular disease. Please consult your family physician to find out more about your health.

10. Are my results confidential?

Yes.

11. Do I have to pay extra money for venipuncture?

No; it is free.

12. How much will this cost if I do venipuncture outside at the polyclinic?

It should cost around $6 to $10 per tube, excluding consultation fees

13. Can I skip venipuncture?

Yes. Then you will not be required to fast.

 

Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Station - in collaboration with Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)

1. Who is eligible for FIT kits?

All criteria MUST be met

  • Aged 50 years old and above
  • To bring NRIC to FIT Station
  • Have not done FIT in the past 1 year
  • Have not done colonoscopy in the past 10 years
  • Not been diagnosed with colorectal cancer

2. If I do not meet the criteria, can I still get an FIT kit?

No.  However, if you suspect that you are unwell, we would encourage you to consult your family physician.

3. Is there anywhere else I can get an FIT kit outside of the screening? What criteria do they have externally?

We follow the guidelines laid down by Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), so if you meet the criteria, you can get the FIT kit from SCS or selected pharmacies directly too. Click here to find out more.

4. If I meet the criteria, can I just get the FIT kit and skip the station?

We regret to inform you that this will not be possible, as our volunteers on-site need to instruct you on how to use the kit.

5. Can I skip the FIT station even if I meet the criteria?

Yes, although we would highly recommend that you go through it.

6. What is done during FIT station?

Our volunteers will educate you on how to use the kit.

7. What is the purpose of FIT?

Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a preliminary screening test for colorectal cancer, which refers to cancer of the colon and rectum. It tests for presence of blood in the stools which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Please note that a postive test does not mean you definitely have colorectal cancer. Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) will follow-up with you separately with regard to your results and what to do. Those 50 years and older are advised to have a FIT done annually.

8. How do I use and what can I do with the FIT kit?

You will need to collect dry stool on clean toilet paper, stick the probe in at 6 sites and put the probe back into the kit, secure the green cap. Fill in your detailed particulars and send to the address stated.

9. Who will inform me of my FIT results?

Singapore Cancer Society will contact you directly.

10. What can I do if I have abnormal results?

Asides from the advice provided by Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), you can consult your family physician if you are concerned.

11. Do I have to pay for the FIT kit?

No, it is free.

12. Can another individual collect the FIT kit on my behalf?

Collection on behalf of another individual(s) is acceptable if the below 3 requirements are met: 

  1. Bring NRIC of participant on site of collection (original, photocopy or digital copy - front and back) 
  2. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only
  3. Aged 50 years old and above (Born in Year 1968 and before) 

Women's Cancer Education (WCE) Station

1. What is done during the WCE station? 

Our female volunteers will be will be teaching you on how to conduct a self breast examination, as well as providing education and information on Pap smear, which is used to test for cervical cancer.

2. Who is eligible for the WCE Station? 

  • Women aged 40 years old and above

3. What is the criteria for the free Pap smear at SCS Multi-service Centre (Bishan)?

  • Women aged 25 to 69 years old
  • Sexually active 

4. What is the criteria for the free mammogram at SCS Multi-service Centre (Bishan)?

5. What is the criteria for the free mammogram at Jurong Medical Centre? 

 

Geriatric Screening - Visual Screening

1. Who is eligible for visual screening?

Those aged 60 and above.

2. Do I have to take off my spectacles?

No.

3. Do I need to bring my (reading) spectacles?

No.

4. I am wearing contact lenses. Do I need to take them out? Can I go for the screening?

No there is no need to, you can go for the screening directly.

5. I did not meet the criteria, but I want to go for it, can I go for it?

Unfortunately, the age limit is set by strict criteria from HPB guidelines. If however you have visual abnormalities, it would be advisable to consult an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) directly.

6. What is done during visual screening?

There will be the Snellens chart where our volunteers will get you to read numbers off the board at a distance.

7. What is the purpose of the visual screening?

To screen for visual abnormalities as well as follow-up if there are any abnormalities found.

8. What can I do if my screening results are abnormal?

The doctor at the doctor's consult station will advise you accordingly.

9. Can I skip visual screening even if I am eligible?

No.

10. Who is doing the visual screening for me?

Volunteers from our volunteer pool.

 

Geriatric Screening - Fall Risk Assessment

1. Who is eligible for fall risk assessment?

Those aged 60 and above.

2. I did not meet the criteria, but I want to go for it, can I go for it?

Unfortunately, the age limit is set by strict criteria from HPB guidelines. This station is for the elderly who are likely to have multiple co-morbidities and mechanical instability, which may contribute to increasing their risks for falls.

3. What is done during fall risk assessment?

A short questionnaire will be done based on your current status. Our volunteers will bring you through a few exercises to test your stability. Based on your calculated risk, you may be referred to see a physiotherapist. Doctor consult may also be indicated depending on risk of falls.

4. What is the purpose of fall risk assessment?

To check your physical functional status and making sure that you understand your risks, taking extra measures to counter these. Falls will limit mobility, which may cause you to be bed-bound and result in further complications.

5. What can I do if my screening results are abnormal?

You can speak to the physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist on site and opt for a referral to a doctor if you would like medical advice.

6. Can I skip fall risk assessment even if I am eligible? Or can I skip parts of the assessment?

No, you will have to go through the full assessment for accurate results.

7. Who is doing the fall risk assessment for me?

Our volunteers and professional physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

 

Doctor’s Consultation

1. Who is eligible for consultations?

This station is for participants who need to see a doctor (as deemed by the volunteers at previous stations who have attended to them), or really want to see a doctor.

2. Who runs the consultation booths?

There will be a doctor and a senior medical student serving you at the booth.

3. What services are provided at the consultation booths?

The doctor will give a consultation. Additional tests such as blood pressure measurement, capillary blood glucose test or other examinations will be performed by the doctor as he deems fit.

4. Is there privacy at the booths?

The booths are partially hidden from the main screening area, and the doctors will do their best to make sure your privacy is ensured.

5. Am I allowed to choose which doctor I want to see?

All doctors are equally qualified, thus we would not allow for selection of doctors for consultation. It may also slow down the processing of participants at this station.

6. Can I request for a female doctor instead?

If the reason is valid, such as wanting to ask about questions relating to obstetrics/female reproductive problems, we will try to make arrangements to allow female participants to see a female doctor.

If there are no female doctors available to fulfill the participant's request, we can arrange for a female senior medical year student to chaperone the the female participant during her consultation with a male doctor.

7. Will the doctor be able to refer me to Specialist Outpatient Clinics for my further consultation?

No, the doctor will not be able to refer you for specialist consultation/treatment. Under the MOH guidelines for Specialist Outpatient Clinic (SOC) subsidies, Singaporean/PR can only enjoy subsidised SOC treatment if:

·       Do not choose your specialist, and

·       Are referred by a polyclinic, or

·       Are referred by a public hospital where you were a subsidised patient, or

·       Are a CHAS cardholder referred by your CHAS doctor.

As the doctor is providing services under our health screening, he/she is not allowed to give subsidised specialist referrals to participants.

However, the doctor can refer you to another GP doctor for further follow-up, as he/she would have more equipment/facilities at the clinic for further investigations.

8. How is the queue managed? Am I allowed to leave the waiting area before my queue number is reached?

·       Yes, you are allowed to leave and come back before your queue number is reached, although it is not recommended as the queue at doctors’ consultation is not very long and your turn will reach shortly.

·       Should you miss your turn and your queue number is within 30 of the current number being served, you will be placed 5 people behind the start of the current queue.

·       Should you miss you turn by more than 30 numbers, you will have to take a new queue number.

9. I am very satisfied with the services provided by the doctor whom I consulted at the booth. Can I have his/her contact details so that I may look for him/her in the future for my personal consultation?

As the doctor is only volunteering his/her services at PHS, we are not allowed to give out his/her contact details.

 

Exhibitions

1. Who is eligible for exhibitions?

Everyone is encouraged to go for our exhibition.

2. What is displayed in the exhibitions?

Booths set up by our partner organisations including:

3. What is the purpose of the exhibitions?

To educate the public on the major chronic diseases that Singaporeans have and provide health tips for general public, with focus on prevention and self-screening.

4. Can I skip the exhibitions?

Yes, but if you skip the exhibitions and do not obtain the required number of 2 chops by visiting 2 separate booths, we regret to inform that you will not be able to redeem the complimentary goodie bag.

5. Who runs the exhibition booths?

Staff from the respective organisations and our volunteeers.

 

Goodie Bag

1. Who is eligible for goodie bag?

All participants who have completed screening with at least 2 chops (1 chop = visit to 1 booth) on their form.

2. What is in the goodie bag?

Products from our sponsors.

3. How many goodie bags can I take?

Each eligible participant is entitled to 1 goodie bag per person.

4. Can I request to change/exchange items in the goodie bag?

Please refrain from doing so as other participants will also want a variety of products.

5. Can I take more of a particular item?

No, unless there is excess of a particular item, in which case whilst stocks last.

6. Can I still get the goodie bag if I register but do not complete the PHS screening?

No.

7. Can I still get the goodie bag if I did not visit at least 2 exhibition booths?

No.

Information accurate as of June 2018.