NUHS COVID-19 Virtual Ward: Recovering at Home Programme (COVID-19 Virtual Ward) takes care of COVID-19 patients whose conditions are stable enough to recover in the comfort of their homes. In general, our Virtual Ward patients require closer monitoring and more intensive medical care than those on the Ministry of Health (MOH) Home Recovery Programme.
How Does It Work?
A care team comprising dedicated NUHS doctors and nurses will monitor you remotely and are responsible for all your medical needs during your period of isolation. NUHS medical staff or personnel from our affiliated third-party vendors may also visit you at home to provide the necessary medical treatment. If your condition worsens, you may need to be transferred to the hospital.
to find out more on what you will experience during your Virtual Ward stay.
How Do I Qualify for the Programme?
The COVID-19 Virtual Ward is an alternative to hospitalisation or community treatment facility for patients who do not qualify for the MOH Home Recovery Programme due to the following reasons –
- Do not meet the age cut-off;
- Have existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, liver, neurological diseases, cancer;
- Are on medications that suppress the immune system
How Long Will I Be Isolated For?
This will vary based on prevailing MOH policies. Your doctor will advise you further.
Can I Change My Mind and Go to a Treatment Facility?
Yes, at any point if you change your mind, please let the care team know and we can arrange for you to be transferred to a hospital or treatment facility. However, you may need to wait until a bed becomes available.
What Does This Mean for My Household?
You are recommended to minimise contact with any uninfected members of your household. Stay in a separate room, preferably with an attached bathroom.
Your uninfected household members would be placed on Health Risk Warning (HRW), meaning that they would need to have a negative ART before leaving the house.
to read more about how to manage your daily essentials at home and keep your family safe.
How is This Different from the MOH Home Recovery Programme?
The COVID-19 Virtual Ward team will monitor you remotely and be responsible for all your medical needs. The MOH Home Recovery Programme is for vaccinated, younger individuals who have no medical conditions. They do not require a dedicated medical team to supervise and monitor their condition.
For more information on the COVID-19 Virtual Ward: Recovering at Home Programme, please email us at
*The information on this page was last updated on 25 January 2022.