Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic
The Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic is a polyclinic for the northern-lying housing estate. Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic is also where several healthcare services for polyclinics were first launched, such as the family physician clinic, a dedicated mental health clinic.
The doctors are ok, nothing to complain about.Collection of medicines is relatively fast. Their pharmacy technicians are good, they are very specific when it comes to medicines and the do's and don'ts. However, the drugs are usually generic so if you have been taking these medicines for a long time, the effect may be slow or may not even have effect on you.
Only under the condition of needing a mc and not sick would I come to this polyclinic. If I'm seriously sick and unwell, I would just pick a family clinic instead, at least the waiting time is shorter, the doctor ask a lot of questions regarding your condition and the medicine works faster.
The non-subsidised clinic is located beside the main polyclinic and provides non-routine services like wisdom tooth extraction. It's easy to make an appointment and there are usually slots available without having to wait for months or something. I had my wisdom teeth extracted twice here. I was pretty nervous for my first extraction. The second required a mini surgery. But I was really impressed by how efficient and painless everything was. Even though it's not subsidised, I thought the rates were really reasonable. I think my simple surgery cost under $200, including follow-up to remove the stitches. In addition, it's possible to pay with Medisave so you don't feel the pinch as much. Well, that might explain why I can't remember exactly how much the surgery cost. The staff were really friendly whenever I called to make/change appointments too. Overall a positive experience visiting this dentist.
As for the subsidised clinic, it provides basic services like polishing and scaling. Obviously cannot expect the same privileges since they have more people to serve. Appointments must be made about 3 months in advance unless you're lucky to have someone before you cancel. There's a penalty for being late or no-shows because you have to place a deposit with them. Quite scary for me since I'm the late sort but I think it's a reasonable policy. Routine check plus polishing and scaling cost about $40 for me. I only visit because I think a polyclinic should be cheaper than regular dentists.
I am not trying to jinx the place but god is everybody in Ang Mo Kio on perpetual sick mode? I have never seen the queue ebb. All I innocently wanted was an mc to skip school with and I end up spending 3 hours queuing away anyway, time which I could have bear through with school easier.
The doctors here are doubtful and professional and that's good because most of my ailments are indeed not very real. So I guess it's good enough medical attention. The only thing I have to nitpick about is that they strictly required me to purchase my medicine before I got my mc. Did I look sick enough to warrant a dosage I have no idea, but ah well.
Go to another lesser known clinic.