During the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Period, from 2020 April 7th to June 1st, the following are the lists of services which are ongoing and deferred:
Essential services ongoing. Call before coming.:
- STD screening, testing and treatment (A2, A17)
- HIV screening, testing and treatment (A2)
- HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (A2)
- HIV Post-exposure prophylaxis (A2, A3, A12)
- Rabies post-exposure vaccination (A2, A3, A12)
- Emergency contraception (A3, A12)
- Medication refills (A15) – (Viagra®, Levitra®, Cialis®, Priligy®, Propecia®, Microgynon® 30, Diane®-35, Yasmin®, Yaz®, Qlaira®, Evra®, NuvaRing®.)
Non-essential services deferred till after 1st June 2020.
- Botox (B1)
- Laser tattoo removal (B1)
- Hair loss treatment (B1)
- Acne treatment (B1)
- Slimming treatment (B1)
- Adult vaccinations (B13)
- Influenza vaccination (B13)
- Regular contraception (B14)
- Work permit/pass renewal (B15)
- Testosterone deficiency syndrome
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
- Smoking cessation
Please contact us if you need clarification.
SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF HEALTH CIRCULAR ON SERVICES DEFERMENT AND REDUCTION DURING COVID-19 CIRCUIT BREAKER PERIOD
Multi-Ministerial Task Force announced the implementation of very high safe distancing measures to reduce the risk of further local transmission of COVID-19. All non-essential activities (including businesses) will be suspended during this period. For licensed healthcare institutions, clinical services which are triaged as non-essential should be deferred from 7 April onwards for 4 weeks while essential services and COVID related operations should be continued.
Annex A. Examples of Essential Services
- COVID-19-related care and services
- Screening, testing and treatment of infectious diseases
- Emergency medical and psychiatric conditions such as breathlessness, heart attack, etc.
- Acute stroke and neurosurgical services
- Acute cardiac and cardiothoracic procedures such as ePCI, ECMO
- Trauma services
- Procedures or surgeries required to prevent deterioration of the patient’s condition
- Urgent organ transplantation services including bone marrow transplants
- Dialysis services and other renal replacement services
- Cancer services when delayed would increase the chances of relapse or deterioration, including high risk biopsies
- Services which would be impacted by time delay, such as in-vitro-fertilisation services, abortion services, etc.
- Blood donation services and transfusion services
- Radiography, phlebotomy, respiratory therapy, and other essential allied health services in hospitals
- Management of chronic diseases with recent relapses and/or poor control, and medication refills. If patients are stable, if possible, switch to tele-consult and medicine delivery
- Obstetric and child delivery
- Outpatient antibiotic therapies
- Acute outpatient consultations for patients with respiratory symptoms and other acute symptoms
- TCM adjuvant treatment for cancer and chronic conditions
- Child immunisation and developmental assessment for 0 to 18 months
- Neonatal jaundice screening
- Wound dressing
- Inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute, palliative and chronic sick services provided by Community Hospitals. However, rehab and therapy services which are maintenance in nature should be considered non-essential services.
- Mental health services including counselling, psychology services for patients who have unstable mental health conditions who might be in danger of harm to self or to others. If patients are stable, where possible, switch to tele-consult and medicine delivery.
- House call by doctors for patients with urgent needs but not constituting a medical emergency
Supporting services which are crucial in ensuring the smooth provision of the above essential services will also be allowed to continue, e.g. kitchen, housekeeping, security, cleaning, courier.
Annex B. Examples of Non-Essential Services
- Aesthetic services
- Outpatient nursing, rehab/ therapy, and other allied health services such as diabetic foot and eye screening, dietetics, counselling, social work, psychologist, podiatry, etc.
- Community outreach activities
- Community nursing post
- Management of stable sports medicine related conditions
- Elective joint replacement surgeries for stable joint arthropathies
- Elective eye procedures including cataract surgeries for stable cataracts
- Skin conditions which are stable on long term follow up
- Stable ENT conditions and elective ENT procedures such as septoplasty
- Screening/surveillance services including scopes
- Stable renal stones with no recurrent symptoms
- Other TCM services, including acupuncture
- Adult vaccination, including influenza vaccination
- Well women services
- Statutory health assessments for driving license and foreign domestic workers
The above services may continue remotely only if tele-consultation is feasible, or for cases assessed to have urgent needs.
Staff who do not need to be based on-site at the healthcare facilities should tele-commute as far as possible. e.g. back office functions that can continue remotely.
2020 May 19th – COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Period Services Resumption