May 14 2013
Travel to Singapore poses minimal health risks, but if you’re using the city-state as a launching point for more exotic destinations you may want to pay a visit to one of its world-class travel health clinics for a vaccination or malaria tablets. Here’s a rundown.
Singapore General Hospital, the city-state’s largest medical facility, has a full Travel Clinic that offers country-specific health advice, vaccinations and anti-malarial medication. The clinic has drop in hours from 08:30 till 17:30 Monday to Friday where you can see a nurse practitioner for information or an injection, but you’ll need to make an appointment for a consultation with a doctor. Not only is it an all-around excellent choice, it’s walking distance from Outram Park MRT.
Singapore General Hospital Travel Clinic, T: 6326 6723
Tan Tock Seng Hospital has a Travellers’ Health and Vaccination Clinic located on its first floor. They offer vaccinations against typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis and yellow fever as well as anti-malaria prophylaxis. You can call the clinic to make an appointment or visit during their walk-in hours, 08:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:30 weekdays and 08:00-11:30 on Saturdays. They also answer questions by email.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital Travellers’ Health Clinic, T: 6357 2222, THVC@ttsh.com.sg
In eastern Singapore, Changi General Hospital offers a Medical Centre for International Travellers. Their staff offers pre-travel advice, vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and a handy ‘travel medical kit’ stocked with medication for common complaints like headache, motion sickness and traveller diarrhoea. The staff are also trained to deal with post-travel health complaints like strange rashes or bug bites. You can simply drop by to purchase the travel medical kit or get some advice, but an appointment is needed for vaccinations.
Changi General Hospital offers a Medical Centre for International Travellers, T: 6850 3333
If you have more money than time, all Raffles Medical Clinics offer travel vaccinations, travel health kits and consultations on a walk-in basis. Vaccinations against influenza and hepatitis A and B are available at all 72 locations — including those at Singapore’s Changi International Airport — while Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever vaccinations are available at selected locations. The staff are very professional and efficient, but these are private medical clinics so do expect the fees to be higher than at the hospitals listed above.
Raffles Medical Group Travel Health Services, T: 6311 1111
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