A viral video showing medical workers in personal protective equipment and COVID-19 patients engaging in mass dancing at Singapore Expo community care facility is currently under investigation by the Woodlands Health Campus (WHC).
“We are conducting an internal investigation into the incident and will continue to reiterate to all staff members that unauthorised filming of any patient-related activity is not allowed,” said WHC on Monday (18 May).
According to WHC, there are rules against filming and photographing within patient areas in terms of patient confidentiality.
WHC asserted that these rules have been “clearly communicated” during the staff briefing before they start working at the community care facility (CCF) at Singapore Expo.
“We will also work with our partners at the CCF at Singapore Expo to reiterate this rule to their workers and volunteers,” WHC affirmed.
WHC stated that the mass exercise sessions are conducted twice a day for about 15 minutes.
The patients will be given the option to participate in the activity. WHC noted that the response for the session has been “positive” so far.
Through this post-exercise, WHC explained that the healthcare team measures the patients’ oxygen levels in order to help identify anyone who might require more medical attention.
“The healthcare team is present to observe patients’ health and breathing conditions.
“Through these exercises, we also hope to impart healthy lifestyle tips that patients can continue to practise even after their discharge. As part of safety and infection control measures, we have also regularly reminded everyone on safe distancing measures,” WHC remarked.
The Singapore Expo facility became the second “community care” facility for COVID-19 patients, after the D’Resort NTUC in Pasir Ris. It houses recovering patients of COVID-19 and those confirmed to have contracted the virus but show mild symptoms. The facility has been in operation since 10 April.
There are about three community isolation facilities that accommodate COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms – Singapore Expo, Changi Exhibition Centre, and D’Resort in Pasir Rise. Currently, more than 80 per cent of all COVID-19 patients are being housed in these community facilities.