The very first afternoon after my arrival, I went straight to the hosptial to collect my work pass. My first impression for the hospital was ” a really nice lobby and foodcourt”. It was one of the oldest hospital in Singapore but you would not had a sense of “ancient”/”old” feeling when you entered. The hosptial was divided into two main towers: the women’s tower and children’s tower. As its name implied, the hosptial mainly served two groups of peopel, the women and the children. It was somehow similar to the sickkids.
On my first day of work, Clarie from HR gave me a detailed orientation from the hospital.
The biggest difference between Singapore and Canada in terms of health care was the fact that in Asia, health care is divided into private and public settings. I was so amazed at the fancy deco for the different private clinics at the lobby of the hospital. The hospital had IVF clinic, day surgery and other primary care clinics clustered at the first floor. At the second floor, it was the NICU,CICU and WICU. All ICUs were connected through a major corridor for easier transfering of patients into different towers. One thing I found very convenient was that there was a e-board at each cornor of the food court so that patient didn’t have to stay in the pharmacy as they can check for ticket number while having their snack/drink/meal in the foodcourt.
In the following month, I would have my rotation around different pharmacy department in the hospital, including TPN, Drug info, oncology, outpatient pharmacy, women’s inpatient pharmacy, children’s inpatient pharmacy.