Before we share our experience on this year’s ‘Doctor For A Day’ program, we want to give a shout-out to both Mt. Elizabeth Orchard Road and Mt. Elizabeth Novena for the great job they are doing.
A&E – Government or Private?
No one likes emergencies, especially when the emergencies involve our own children. But as luck would have it, both our kids have been treated at A&E more than once. In fact, our 3 year old son has been sent to A&E three times.In case you think we are one of those folks who abused the A&E system, our visits all warranted speedy medical attention as it involved suspected choking, food poisoning and a bad gash from a nasty fall. We recalled as first time parents, we would bring our elder daughter to the government hospitals’ A&E where we waited alongside a sea of anxious parents, where hours would crawl by before it was finally our turn to be treated. Few years down the road, experience has made us wiser. When emergencies arise, we would rush our kids direct to the private hospital’s A&E – usually Gleneagles or Mt. E Novena due to its proximity to our home. Because speed really is the essence.
Case in point: Injured at 7am, treated at 9pm
Recently, a friend’s P5 son suffered bad laceration to his face due to a traffic accident. Though he was rushed to the A&E of the government hospital at 7am, the surgeons could only operate on him at 9pm (14 hours later!) as his condition was deemed ‘non life-threatening’ (and hence assigned as a lower priority case). As a result, the poor child (and his parents) was extremely traumatised by the accident.
Accounts of long waiting time at government hospitals are not uncommon, understandably so as our govt. hospitals are very stretched by its huge patient load. With every minute that ticks by, our children’s sufferings are prolonged. Contrast that with our own family’s experiences at Mt. E hospitals’ A&E where our children (specifically during our son’s recent fall), he was triaged almost immediately, received accurate diagnosis and had his wounds stitched up by a plastic surgeon within 6 hours (the op could have been scheduled within the hour but our son had to fast for a few hours before being sedated for the op).
Contrary to public perception, the A&E bill of a govt vs. a private hospital is not too drastically different. Yet at the latter, the much shorter wait times, the soothing environment and readily available resources (such as operating theatres and on-call specialists etc.) more than made up for it. In all of our children emergencies, the Mt. E teams have provided speedy medical attention. We are thankful that our personal accident & hospitalisation insurances have always adequately covered most, if not all of their A&E costs. That peace of mind knowing that when the need arises, we have the means to send our children to the best medical care available in the shortest time, is something we do not compromise.
Speed Saves Lives – ‘Doctor For a Day’ 2017
The highly popular ‘Doctor For A Day’ returns this year with a new, improved format that will revolutionise how children view the medical profession. For the first time ever, parents would be allowed to participate with their kids instead of being mere bystanders!
Interactive, Interesting, Intense
The new ‘Doctor For A Day’ will take place on the weekend of 16-17 Dec 2017. This year, it features an ‘Escape Room’ type of role-play experience in line with its theme ‘Speed Saves Lives’ where children and parents work hand in hand in a race against the clock to solve simple medical puzzles, crack codes and unravel riddles before finding the key (or solution) to save a patient’s life.
In fact, this year’s program upped a notch by including a ‘Transport Pod’ where teams would be bused to its sister hospital – Mt. E Novena where Part 2 of the mission continues!
Yes, without giving too much away, teams work against the clock to uncover clues in actual hospital room using interactive iPads and even VR goggles. Answers are then transmitted real-time online back to the hospital crew where a response is returned for the teams to progress to the next level. The role-play ends when the team of junior doctors (aka our children) accurately diagnosed the patient’s condition, thereby saving his life.
Beyond just fun, this year’s ‘Doctor For A Day’ is a most radical overhaul from the usual format that we hare grown to be so familiar with! This year’s programme heightens children’s spatial awareness, hones their problem-solving skills, piques their curiosity, promotes teamwork and best of all, bonds families over a series of exciting, unforgettable challenges. Children will each bring home a very cool doc’s kit goody bag.
If you would like to experience this creative ‘Doctor For A Day’ 2017, do note the following details:
The experience requires a minimum of 6 to participate (out of which, 3 should be children, aged 6 to 14 years old). The whole experience will last for approximately 90 mins.If you can form your own team of 8 members (4 Adults and 4 Kids), it’s preferred, but if you can’t, not to worry, the organisers will put you in a team.
- Each slot costs S$50 for a team of 8 pax (4 Adults and 4 Children). They have a minimum requirement of 1 Child : 1 Adult ratio.
- Kids Age: 6 to 14 years.
- The experience will start from Mount Elizabeth Hospital and end at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
Book your slot here: https://dfadssl.eventbrite.sg/
Here’s a sneak peek into ‘Doctor For A Day’ 2017 here: