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Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!


We will be open for all 4 days of the lunar celebrations including CNY eve.


Stay safe and healthy!


Our opening times for all our 4 branches are as follows:


Intemedical Kovan PHPC/CHAS clinic, Acute/chronic care, Pre-departure swabs for travel available

CNY Eve (21 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D1 (22 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D2 (23 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D3 (24 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight


Intemedical Potong Pasir PHPC/CHAS clinic, Acute/chronic care, Pre-departure swabs for travel available

CNY Eve (21 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D1 (22 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D2 (23 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D3 (24 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight


Intemedical Teck Ghee Acute/chronic care, Pre-departure swabs for travel available

CNY Eve (21 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D1 (22 Jan 2023): 8am - 8pm

CNY D2 (23 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D3 (24 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight


Intemedical Tampines Acute/chronic care, Pre-departure swabs for travel available

CNY Eve (21 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D1 (22 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D2 (23 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight

CNY D3 (24 Jan 2023): 8am - 12 midnight



Please note that CNY surcharges apply. Your patience at our clinics are much appreciated as we anticipate longer wait times due to less manpower.

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Many of us plan for the future by investing, buying insurance and saving up to become independent and avoid burdening loved ones to take care of us.


However, it is not guaranteed that we can remain independent like this forever. Accidents and illnesses do happen and we may lose the mental capacity to make decisions for ourselves.


Fortunately, residents in Singapore are able to submit a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) legal document to plan ahead for such situations. What’s more, the process is now made easier as LPA submissions can be done online with a few clicks!


What is an LPA and how has the submission process changed?


For the uninitiated, an LPA is a legal document that allows an appointed person who is at least 21 years of age (called the “donee”) to make medical and financial decisions on another person's behalf (the “donor”) should they lose mental capacity.


As of 14 November 2022, all applications will be made online via the new Office of the Public Guardian Online portal (OPGO). The online process is much more convenient compared to the previous where:


  • MyInfo from Singpass will be used to pre-fill the LPA form online instead of manually filling in information on a printed form

  • Forms are digitally signed via Singpass for donor and donee(s), there is no need to meet each donee to sign a hardcopy form physically

  • The processing and registration time for LPAs is halved from three weeks to one-and-a-half weeks, excluding the mandatory three-week waiting period

  • Donors and donees, including those who registered their LPAs before the launch, will be able to view their LPAs in the online portal


What is the difference between LPA form 1 and LPA form 2?


There are 2 forms with different options available when applying for an LPA:


  • LPA Form 1: For Donors who wish to grant Donee(s) general powers with basic restrictions.

  • LPA Form 2: For Donors who wish to grant Donee(s) customised powers. The clauses in the LPA Form 2 have to be drafted by a lawyer*.


If you are unsure which to apply for, 98% of Singapore Citizens who have made an LPA used the LPA Form 1.


*This refers to a Singapore solicitor qualified to practise Singapore law in a Singapore law practice.​​​​


What happens if I don’t have an LPA?

Some of us may think that a family member can easily make decisions on our behalf when we lose mental capacity, and there is no need to go through the hassle of applying for an LPA.

But here’s what happens when you don’t have an LPA.

Because your loved ones have not been legally appointed to care for you beforehand, they may face difficulties trying to:

  • Make care arrangements

  • Manage your bank accounts and properties

  • Decide how best to use your funds for your day-to-day needs

They have to apply to Court to be appointed as your deputy before they are authorised to make decisions and act on your behalf.

This application process will take a longer time to complete and cost more. It also adds unnecessary stress to your loved ones.

On a side note, Singapore citizens should apply for an LPA now as the application fee of $75 for LPA form 1 has been waived until 31 March 2023. Fees for LPA applications are summarised in the table below.


Source: https://www.msf.gov.sg/opg/Pages/The-LPA-The-Lasting-Power-of-Attorney.aspx


How do I apply online?


Step 1: Complete LPA online form via OPGO

  • Access the OPGO application page here

  • Login via Singpass to verify personal details

  • Fill in Donee(s) details and powers to be granted to Donee(s)


Step 2: Donne(s) to accept appointment

  • Access OPGO here and click on “Accept Donee’s Appointment”

  • Login via Singpass to verify personal details

  • Accept appointment as a Donee in LPA


Step 3: Visit Intemedical clinic to certify and witness Donor’s signing of LPA

This step is critical to ensure that the donor does not make an LPA under pressure or duress and has the mental capacity to do so. Intemedical offers Certificate Issuance services with accredited doctors in all clinics at a fee of SGD$50 before GST (not inclusive of the office of public guardian fees). For more information and booking appointments, contact us via:


WhatsApp: 8879 9404

Landline: Potong Pasir - 6242 6384 Kovan - 6243 3036

(Available during clinic opening hours, 8 am to 12 am)

Or make an appointment with us: Kovan Clinic / Potong Pasir Clinic


Visit the Office of the Public Guardian website for more detailed information on the LPA, guidebooks and instructions on applying.


Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/lasting-power-attorney-online-portal-nov-14-singpass-digital-msf-3009421


https://www.msf.gov.sg/opg/Pages/The-LPA-How-Can-I-Make-a-Lasting-Power-of-Attorney.aspx


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The festive season has begun and it's the perfect time to gather with family and friends over a meal. However, enjoying the holiday season shouldn’t mean your diet goes on a holiday too!


With many decadent temptations at every meal, it is easy to be merry and overindulge. But giving in to too many temptations might cause adverse health effects that last long after the holidays.


Here are a few healthy tips you can follow to holiday-proof your diet.


Sugar & spice (in moderation!) makes Christmas nice


Typically, festive food includes meats, seafood, sweet desserts and drinks, and alcohol. A diet rich in these foods, however, can cause a spike in uric acid levels that may lead to gout and an increased intake of sugar that can contribute to risk factors for type 2 diabetes.


Gout occurs when uric acid accumulates in your blood and form urate crystals, which accumulate in joints and cause inflammation.


Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body can’t produce or use insulin efficiently, leading to high levels of blood sugar that cause damage to the body:

  • Excessive intake of sugar leads to increased fat storage inside the liver and around internal organs, leading to the body resisting insulin action

  • Blood sugar levels are increased and the pancreas needs to work harder to produce more insulin to maintain normal levels

  • If this process of increased blood sugar continues, the pancreas will eventually be unable to keep up with increasing insulin production, leading to type 2 diabetes


Here is a list of foods to watch out for:

  1. Sugary drinks and sweets. Standard table sugar is half fructose, which breaks down into purine and then into uric acid. High intake of sugar also leads to weight gain which is a risk factor for diabetes

  2. Refined carbohydrates. Foods made with white flour and white sugar (such as bread, cakes, and pasta) and white rice are considered refined carbs. These foods are easily digested into glucose, leading to a spike in blood sugar levels. It also leaves you getting hungrier faster, driving overeating and increasing the risk of obesity

  3. Alcohol. Alcohol prevents your kidneys from eliminating uric acid and causes it to accumulate. Regular heavy drinking reduces the body’s sensitivity to insulin, and most alcoholic beverages contain a lot of calories which leads to weight gain and obesity

  4. Animal meat. These include organ meats like liver, and red meats like beef, lamb and bacon. Animal meat is high in purines and studies have shown that red meats and processed meats can contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes

  5. Certain seafood. Seafood like herring, scallops, mussels, codfish, tuna, trout and haddock are high in purines as well

This does not mean you have to be miserable and abstain from yummy dishes while celebrating!


Apply smart strategies such as using a small plate to take these dishes and alternating between non-alcoholic drinks and alcoholic drinks can help control your intake.


Bless yourself (and others) with the gift of a healthy balanced diet


So now that you know what foods to eat in moderation at your next party, you also need to include healthy foods that can give enough nutrients to be jolly this season.

  • Choose dishes with lots of vegetables and fruits, such as vegetable soups or salads. Eat these first to not only ensure sufficient fibre in your diet but to make you feel fuller and avoid overeating on the main dishes

  • Go for dishes with whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta or wholegrain bread, which have a milder effect on blood sugar levels

  • Opt for fish and lean meat as sources of protein. Fish such as salmon and mackerel are high in omega 3-fatty acids that are good for the heart, while lean meats have lesser fat content

If you are a host, plan your dishes to include more of these healthy foods and consider cooking dishes that are stir-fried, steamed, grilled or boiled instead of deep-fried.


Have a healthy, jolly Christmas! But don't forget your health screening


All in all, find a balance but don’t forget to enjoy yourself this season!


If you are above 40 and have a family history of gout or diabetes, or have a high Body Mass Index (BMI), you can consider going for a health screening for peace of mind. Prevention and early intervention are better than cure.


Intemedical offers comprehensive health screening packages that include screens for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, and blood test to check uric acid levels. More information can be found here.


For inquiries, you can contact us via Whatsapp (88799404) or landlines (Potong Pasir - 6242 6384 Kovan - 6243 3036) from 8 am to 12 am daily.


Make an appointment with Intemedical via our online appointment portal: Kovan Clinic / Potong Pasir Clinic


Source:

https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1457/dig-in-everyone


https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/gout-diabetes-connection


https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/22548-gout-low-purine-diet


​​https://www.dmgaz.org/food-risk-diabetes/

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