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GPFirst Programme

What is GPFirst?

Your family doctor or General Practitioner (GP) is the first medical professional you should visit when you feel unwell. For mild to moderate conditions such as cough, runny nose or simple sprains, your GP can treat the symptoms well and make referrals to the A&E under the GPFirst programme if required. 

Our hospitals’ Accident & Emergency (A&E) department should be used only for serious emergencies that require immediate attention, such as stroke, heart attack and serious injuries to prevent serious medical complication or even death. 

You can see your GP if you have mild-to-moderate symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal Pain or Indigestion
  • Cold and Flu
  • Cuts and Bruises
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Hives
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sore Eyes
  • Strains and Sprains

If your GP assesses that you require A&E attention, you will be provided with a referral under the GPFirst programme to the National University Hospital (NUH) or Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) A&E (excluding NUH Children's Emergency).

When you visit the A&E with a valid referral, you will receive a $50 subsidy on the prevailing fees at the respective A&Es (subject to terms and conditions).

However, do visit the A&E immediately if you have:

  • Signs of dehydration
  • Severe headache
  • Suffered a head injury
Download the GPFirst brochure here (PDF, 287KB).

List of Participating GP Clinics

For the full list of clinics participating in the NUHS GPFirst programme, please click here (PDF, 444KB)

For GPs who wish to come on board the NUHS GPFirst Programme, please contact us at


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