Monday, February 17, 2020

Karri Family Clinic is a PHPC Clinic

From Tuesday 18 Feb 2020, any Singaporean or PR presenting with symptoms of fever, cough, cold will only need to pay a flat rate of $10 which includes consultation as well as medication for this condition.  Pioneer Generation patients will pay $5.

Together we will prevail against the COVID19 virus.  Stay alert and stay safe. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dorscon Orange Protocol for Patients visiting our clinic

We have implemented the Dorscon Orange Protocol. For everyone's safety, please observe the following when visiting the clinic. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Karri Family Clinic: GP First Scheme

Patients can now get a $50 rebate and get priority service if they are referred by us to Changi General Hospital A&E.  So instead of paying $126 for the standard A&E fees, you now pay only $76. 

So, when in doubt, visit our clinic first before heading straight to the A&E.  Many conditions can be treated at our clinic.  If you do require referral to A&E, we will refer you and you get a $50 rebate.

This service is available to residents as well as non-residents and you will need to visit the A&E within the same day.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Using Medisave for Outpatient Care at Karri Family Clinic

From June 2018, your Medisave account can be used for more conditions for outpatient care. Please check the MOH website here as well as the CPF website here for more details.

Here are some of the conditions that you are able to use it for:  Source MOH website

MediSave500 Scheme
Use up to $500 per MediSave account a year from June 2018 for:
  • Outpatient treatments of the following 20 conditions under the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) (subject to 15% co-payment by patient):
    Diabetes, hypertension, lipid disorders, stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorders, dementia, osteoarthritis, anxiety, benign prostatic hyperplasia, Parkinson’s disease, nephrosis/nephritis , epilepsy, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, ischaemic heart disease.
  • Childhood Vaccinations (under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule)
- Pneumococcal vaccinations (for children aged below 5)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (for females aged between 9 - 26 years of age)
- Hepatitis B vaccination
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Tuberculosis (BCG)
- Diphtheria, Pertussis & Tetanus (DTaP/Tdap)
- Poliomyelitis
- Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib)
  • Adult Vaccinations (for target populations under the National Adult Immunisation Schedule)
- Influenza*
- Pneumococcal vaccinations*
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (for females aged between 9 - 26 years of age)
- Hepatitis B vaccination
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Diphtheria, Pertussis & Tetanus (DTaP/Tdap)
- Varicella

* Also recommended for specific groups of children, including those with medical conditions or immunocompromised or with rare conditions.

Friday, June 22, 2018

We are still here at Tampines Central Community Complex!

Just a quick note to let all our patients know that we are still here at Tampines Central Community Complex!  The People's Association will be moving out by the end of June 2018, but our half of the building is still functioning.  So the supermarket, food court, child care centres are still in operation and so are we! 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Ever wake up feeling you never slept?

Do you find yourself dozing off during the day or while driving? Does your partner complain that you snore very loudly or even seem like choking during sleep?  If you are male, overweight, middle aged and have a thick neck circumference, chances are that you may have sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea is a condition where the soft tissues in your neck gets so relaxed during sleep that it blocks the airway and causes you to wake up momentarily many times during the night.  Thus you never get into deep sleep and wake up feeling that you haven't slept well.

This condition is quite common and affects around 30% of the adult population in Singapore.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can affect your health as well.  Approximately 50% of those suffering from sleep apnoea have high blood pressure and OSA may be a risk factor for heart attacks.

If you suspect you have sleep apnoea, do drop by the clinic.  We can do a simple test to see if you have this condition and help you get a good night's sleep!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Dengue test kit is now available at our clinic.  With this kit, we will be able to test for dengue using only three drops of blood and the results will be known within 20 mins!  The test can be done as early as the first day of fever, but will be more reliable after day 4 of fever.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Measles on the rise in Singapore. Please get your kids vaccinated

Please remember to get your children vaccinated against measles.  There has been a surge in measles cases in Singapore.  The first jab is usually given at 12 months and the second at 15-18 months.  You may have kids who have taken the first jab but not the 2nd.  Please bring them in for the booster jab as soon as possible.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Its Hazy outside! Stay indoors!

Here is the health advisory from

"The health impact of haze is dependent on one’s health status, the PSI level, and the length and intensity of outdoor activity. Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. Given the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, healthy persons should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion. The elderly, pregnant women and children should minimise outdoor activity, while those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid outdoor activity. Persons who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention."

In addition, if you have asthma or sensitive airways, please use your inhaler if you are feeling short of breath.  If that doesn't relieve the symptoms, please seek medical attention.

Monday, May 18, 2015

If you want to live longer, exercise 30 mins a day

The latest report by British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that elderly men who exercise 30 mins a day, six days a week will reduce their chance of death over a 12 year period by 40%! And it doesn't matter if the exercise is light or vigorous! So get your daily dose of exercise and live longer!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Karri Family Clinic Now Accepts CHAS and Pioneer Generation Cards!

I am very happy to announce that Karri Family Clinic is now a CHAS clinic and we can see patients who are holding either the Pioneer Generation card or the HealthAssist cards!

If you hold such a card, all you need to do is to fill up a simple form the first time you visit our clinic to register yourself at our clinic.  You can then start using your HealthAssist or Pioneer Generation cards.

Pioneer Generation card holders will get $28.50 deducted from your bill.  So, if your consultation and medications come up to $50, you pay only $21.50.  For Blue Tier card holders, if your bill is $50, $18.50 will be deducted from your bill and you pay $31.50.  Different rates apply for chronic diseases.  Please refer to the chart below or check the CHAS website for more details.

We look forward to serving you at Karri Family Clinic!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Eggs and cholesterol: The current thinking on the subject Link to article

When I was young boy, my mum used to always cook an egg for me for breakfast.  For those of us who grew up in the 70's and before, the egg was good, healthy food and I often remember people in those days bringing eggs to the Char Kway Teow or Roti Prata man to have them add it into their dish to enhance it.

In between then and now, the egg became a sort of poster boy for high cholesterol food.  So much so that people started to cut down on eggs.  I am sure you know of people who would eat the egg white and leave the egg yolk behind.  The message that eggs were high in cholesterol and would thus lead to high blood cholesterol was so well marketed that it became entrenched in everyone's mind.

In recent years, the thinking about eggs has changed.  Not only have egg producers managed to lower the cholesterol content of eggs, but there have been studies that show that there is no link between eating eggs and high cholesterol levels.  In these studies, people who were given two eggs to eat daily showed no significant increase in cholesterol levels compared to those who didn't eat eggs.  As a result of this new information, the heart foundation are now telling us that eggs are nutritious and a healthy part of a balanced diet. 

I often have to counsel parents with kids who are finicky eaters.  You know, those who are slightly underweight and don't eat very well.  My advise is always to give these kids an egg for breakfast in the morning. Eggs are packed full of goodness and they are a good source of healthy protein for growing kids. Unlike adults, kids actually need cholesterol because they are the building blocks for growth.  And, it's certainly healthier for your child to eat a soft boiled egg for breakfast than having those sweetened cereals and fruit juices which have so much added sugar! 

Now before you go out and binge on eggs, let me just remind you that eating an hard boiled egg is good but eating an egg fried in butter is not as the butter is high in saturated fats.  Same goes for eating that extra slice of cake.  There are eggs in cake but there is also (most of the time) saturated fats like butter which is not good for your cholesterol levels.  Same goes for that bowl of ramen.  It might be ok to eat that egg, but the ramen soup is full of pork lard which is high in saturated fats! So please, what I am saying about eggs refer to just the egg alone!  You still need to take note of how it is prepared!

One last word on eggs.  When you buy your next tray of eggs, do take note of the nutritional information on each tray.  Nowadays, egg farmers are feeding their chickens which different feeds which can really lower the cholesterol levels of eggs and increase Omega 3 fatty acids.  So if you are still concerned about cholesterol levels (especially those with heart conditions) you can actually buy eggs which are lower in cholesterol!

At the end of the day, always remember that the bottom line to a healthy diet is balance.   A diet that is higher in fruits and vegetables and less in meats, fats and sugar is a good balanced diet and the egg can be a nutritious and inexpensive part of that diet.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Singapore's reports its first Dengue Fatality this year


Link to article

Singapore has just reported it's first dengue fatality this year.  Here is a timely reminder for everyone to be more vigilant about keeping your place mosquito free and to see your doctor if you have a fever.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Dengue Fever Update: Cases around Blk 869

This is another reminder for everyone who lives around Blk 869 especially in the lower levels.  We have several patients who have tested positive for dengue and one of our patients reported that a neighbour of hers in the block has passed away from dengue.  So please take the necessary precautions and seek medical attention if you develop a fever.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dengue Fever: New Outbreak around our neighbourhood

One of our patients living in block 867 has just been confirmed to have Dengue fever.  We would like to remind all our patients to take extra precaution.  The dengue mosquito likes to bite 2 hours after sunrise and at dusk and they like to bite indoors.  So do take the necessary measures to protect yourself and your family.

If you have a high fever and severe bodyache, please seek medical advise. We are now able to do a blood test that can detect Dengue from the first day of the fever if necessary.

Characteristics of Dengue Fever:
  • Fever that lasts for 2 to 7 days
  • Severe muscle ache, headache and joint pains
  • Rash appearing after the fever subsides usually after the 5th day. The rash may look like a measles types rash. There may also be some pin point red spots known as petechiae that may appear.
  • Abdominal discomfort
Sometimes the Dengue Fever causes the platelet levels (component of the blood responsible for clotting) to drop dramatically. When the platelet levels are low, the body loses its ability to repair any bleeding blood vessels. This might result in uncontrolled bleeding in the body which is the condition known as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever. (Haemarrhage means to bleed) Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever is the main cause of death when the patient contracts Dengue.

What happens when you are diagnosed with Dengue?
  • If you have a fever for 5 days and the blood test reveal that your platelets have dropped to less than 150.000 you will need to do daily blood tests to monitor your platelet levels.
  • If your platelets continue to fall below 80,000, you may need to be admitted to hospital
  • Most patients will not need admission. Dengue can be managed at home with daily visits to the clinic.
What you should do when you are diagnosed with Dengue.
  • Make sure you get your blood checked daily
  • There are no antibiotics that can be given with Dengue. It is mainly bed rest and fluids until the patient recovers.
  • If the platelets are low, you should avoid any vigorous exercise or situations that may cause an injury.
  • Check around your home for possible mosquito breeding sites and eliminate them
  • Although you cannot infect another person directly, it is possible that a mosquito that bites you can in turn bite another person and transmit the disease that way. So it is important to make sure you do not give mosquitos a chance to bite you.

Dengue can be a deadly disease. It is important to recognize the symptoms of Dengue so that you can present yourself for a blood test. The most important way to to avoid contracting Dengue is to ensure that you don't get bitten by mosquitoes by taking the usual precautions.

More info on Dengue from MOH can be found here