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​​​​Introduction to Community Health Centres

Community Health Centres​ (CHCs) work with General Practitioners (GPs) to take care of patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes.

Together, both GPs and community health centres keep an eye out for the early signs of disease. Taking action quickly can protect you before a disease worsens.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Process

For better coordination and continuity of care, you need be referred by a GP, who will make appointments with the nearest CHC. Test results will be sent to the referring GPs for review and to follow-up with you. All services are by appointment only.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about CHCs? We may have the answer here.
​Community Health Centres, or CHCs, are centres that provide healthcare services to complement the clinical care offered by General Practitioners (GPs) for patients with chronic conditions. Early disease detection and intervention aims to reduce complications caused by chronic diseases. For example, regular diabetic retinal photography (DRP) and diabetic foot screening (DFS) enable diabetic patients with eye and/or foot problems to be identified early and referred for treatment if needed. Other services such as nurse counselling and education, and dietetic services empower patients with knowledge and skills to better manage their medical conditions. These services are provided by nurses and allied health professionals such as, dieticians and physiotherapists. CHCs are conveniently located within the neighbourhood to allow GPs and patients easy access to the services.
​The patient must first be referred to the CHC by a GP who recognises the patient’s need for a particular healthcare service. An appointment will be made for the patient to go to the CHC for the recommended tests. The test results are then sent back to the referring GP for review and follow up with the patient for better care management.
They are centre managers, who are registered mainstream healthcare practitioners such as nurses or allied health professionals with at least 5 years of relevant experience in healthcare operations. They oversee and manage the CHC’s day-to-day administration and are employed by one of the public health clusters or private healthcare providers.

The CHC provides services to support the medical care provided by the GPs. Patients are referred by GPs and the test results are sent back to the referring GP for review and follow up with the patients. Hence, it is not necessary to have a doctor at the CHC.
You should bring along the following when visiting the CHC:
  1. NRIC
  2. Referral form from GP/Polyclinic (indicating the type of services required at the CHC)
  3. CHAS or Pioneer Generation (PG) Card, if applicable

For more information on CHCs, email us at enquiries@aic.sg or call the AIC Hotline on 1800-650-6060.


P​atients must be referred by GPs for all services in the CHC. Test results will be sent to the referring GPs for review and follow-up.


Patient must be assessed, diagnosed and treated for his/her chronic medical condition/s first before the GP can determine patient’s clinical needs and the appropriate tests required to be done at the CHC.

Yes, a polyclinic doctor can refer you to the CHC by providing you with a referral letter. The test results will be sent back to the referring polyclinic doctor for review and follow up with you.​
For more information on the various services’ rates, please contact the respective CHCs.
Health Assist cardholders under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) are able to access CHCs’ services at subsidised rates. For more information on the various services’ rates, please contact the respective CHCs.
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The Pioneer Generation (PG) are able to access CHCs’ services at subsidised rates. For more information on the various services’ rates, please contact the respective CHCs.

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