Toa Payoh NKF Centre along Toa Payoh Lorong 8, which was built in 1987, is Singapore’s oldest community-based dialysis centre. It has doubled its capacity and can now serve 168 patients across 28 dialysis stations.
It is also equipped with new chairs, the latest dialysis technology and an air filtration system, thanks to a S$2.2 million donation from the Toa Payoh Seu Teck Sean Tong temple.
NKF plans to similarly upgrade another 10 of its 42 dialysis centres.
The NKF is also on the lookout for new sites to cater to the growing number of kidney failure cases, with a focus on mature estates as the population ages.
“We continue to go where the need is and it’s really focused on the more mature housing estates. And so we are looking at all ways and means, talking to many different parties to create a bigger pipeline, because the need is actually quite pressing,” said NKF chairman Arthur Lang.
“We need more, but we’re trying to control that increase in number by making sure that fewer and fewer people are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease,” he added.