Having Faith in the Ronald McDonald House in NUH

The Ronald McDonald House located in NUH is a place where caregivers can get a good night’s sleep in any of our 4 comfortable bedrooms, knowing that their sick child is just moments away. 

We speak to Faith, a mother of two who gave birth to her second son Kingsley very prematurely at 30 weeks due to her pre-eclampsia condition, and had the opportunity of staying with us at the Ronald McDonald House.

This is her story.

Baby Kingsley weighed a mere 1200g when he was born on 20 May, and had to spend the first two months of his life in the NICU. Due to the advent of Covid-19, ART swabs or PCR tests were needed with every single visit to the hospital and since we could not stay over in the wards, we had no choice but to make the daily commute. Fast forward to 21 July 2021, Kingsley was discharged with no major issues.

But on 1 September 2021, things quickly took a turn for the worse. We noticed that there were weird sounds coming from Kingsley and we quickly rushed him to the hospital. When we arrived at NUH, he was pushed to a room and all the doctors and nurses dropped everything and rushed to attend to him. According to the doctors, he was in a critical condition with dangerously low levels of oxygen at 20%. He was then immediately sent to the PICU and we were not allowed to go into his room to accompany him until he cleared his 2nd PCR test. Doctors briefed and updated us very regularly on his condition and what procedures they had to do in order to save his life. We were told that he was suffering from a very bad lung infection. On his first night, we received a call from the doctor that Kingsley’s heartbeat had stopped. They performed CPR and managed to save his life. We were at home at that time and were very shocked to hear this. We were thankful that the doctors and nurses had saved him but felt very sad that we were not there with him. When my husband and I were finally able to see and touch him, we were heartbroken to see him all tubed up to the ventilator for oxygen support. He was shaking so badly as they had to use a strong ventilator to support his breathing and they also had to administer him with lots of medications and injections.

A few days after, we received a call that we are given a room to stay at the Ronald McDonald House*. This is a charity that provides families whose kids are critically ill, a comforting stay beside the PICU ward in NUH. We moved in and were surprised that the room was just like a hotel room. The house is fully-equipped with a living room, dining area and library. It has a communal fridge which contains healthy drinks and also ready-to-eat meals for each family every two weeks. There is even a fully-equipped kitchen with a stove, microwave and dry snacks. They also have a laundry area with a washing machine and dryer. The staff there are all super warm and friendly as well.

We ended up staying there for over a month. With the tumultuous ups and downs throughout this entire hospital episode with Kingsley, we really cannot imagine what it would have been like without this support from RMHC. Not only will we be both physically and mentally exhausted, having to travel back and forth to the hospital every day, it was also a hassle for a mother like me to pump the breastmilk every three hours. Thank you again to the RMHC team for being there for us during our lowest times in the hospital. We hope everyone will support RMHC and their cause by opening their hearts and wallets to make donations to help families will seriously ill children who need support during their darkest and most critical moments.

Faith, mum of Kingsley

* Given that the Ronald McDonald House only has four bedrooms – we strive to turnaround our rooms quickly so that we can check a new family in.

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1. Policy Statement

At Ronald McDonald House Charities Singapore (“RMHC Singapore”), we respect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals’ personal data. We are committed to implementing policies, practices and processes to comply with the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”) and other applicable laws.

This Data Protection Notice (“Notice”) sets out the basis which RMHC Singapore may collect, use, disclose or otherwise process personal data of persons in accordance with the applicable personal data protection laws and regulations. This Notice applies to personal data in our possession or under our control, including personal data in the possession of organisations which we have engaged to collect, use, disclose or otherwise process personal data for our purposes.

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We will seek your consent before collecting any additional personal data and before using your personal data for a purpose which has not been notified to you (except where permitted or authorised by law).

2.1 Types of Personal Data Collected

The types of personal data we may collect from you are generally as follows:

  • Basic personal information: Name, gender, title, age or date of birth, organization, occupation or job responsibilities, phone number, mailing address, email address, contact details, details of family members (including contact details), education qualifications, volunteering experience and background, availability, language skills and other skills, and hobbies and interests;
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2.2 Purpose of Collecting Personal Data

We may collect and use the personal data we have collected for the following purposes:

  • To recruit volunteers and donors, and to consider individuals for employment and contractor opportunities, and manage on-boarding procedures (for both employees and volunteers);
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  • To organise and implement charitable and fundraising activities, events and programs, including assessing whether a potential beneficiary is suitable for receiving assistance from us;
  • To make our websites more intuitive and easy to use, and to protect the security and effective functioning of our websites and information technology systems;
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  • To respond to, handle and/or process queries, requests, applications, complaints, and feedback;
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If you choose not to provide us with your personal data for the purposes listed above, you may submit a request in writing or via email to our Data Protection Officer at the contact details provided below or indicate in the personal data collection form submitted to us (if any). Depending on the complexity of the request and its impact to our relationship with you, we will not collect or, within 30 days of our receipt of your request, cease using and/or disclosing your personal data in accordance with your request.

The purposes listed above may continue to apply even in situations where your relationship with us (for example, pursuant to a contract) has been terminated or altered in any way, for a reasonable period thereafter (including, where applicable, a period to enable us to enforce our rights under any contract with you).

2.3 Disclosure of Personal Data

We may disclose some of the personal data we have collected to any or all of the following organisations outside of RMHC Singapore, for the purposes stated above:

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, Global;
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  • government agencies, regulators or other government-affiliated organisations.

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You may withdraw consent and request us to stop using and/or disclosing your personal data for any or all of the purposes listed above by submitting your request using the form provided below, or by clicking on the “unsubscribe” button in any online or email service provided by us.

If you wish to obtain access or make corrections to the personal data that has been collected by us, you may also do so by submitting a duly completed copy of the form provided below.

We will respond to any requests from you as soon as reasonably possible but will require a reasonable amount of time to process your request.

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If you are submitting any access or correction requests, please note that a reasonable administration fee may be charged in connection with an access request. If any such fee is applicable, we will notify you before processing your request. If we are unable to process your access or correction request, we will generally inform you of the reasons for not being able to do so (except where we are not required to provide such reasons under the PDPA). Should we not be able to respond to your request within thirty (30) days after receiving your request, we will inform you in writing within thirty (30) days of the time by which we will be able to respond to your request.

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5. Protection of Personal Data

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Please, however, be aware that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure. While security cannot be guaranteed, we strive to protect the security of your information and are constantly reviewing and enhancing our information security measures.

6. Retention of Personal Data

We will cease to retain your personal data or remove the means by which the data can be associated with you, as soon as it is reasonable to assume that such data is no longer needed for any business or legal purposes in RMHC Singapore.

7. Transfer of Personal Data

We generally do not transfer your personal data to countries outside of Singapore. However, if we do so, we will obtain your consent for the transfer to be made and take steps to ensure that your personal data continues to receive a standard of protection that is at least comparable to that provided under the PDPA.

8. Data Protection Officer

Should you have any feedback or enquiries relating to this Notice, or if you wish to make any complaint or request in respect of your personal data, please contact our Data Protection Officer at:

Ronald McDonald House Charities Singapore, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, National University Hospital, Main Building Level 4, Singapore 119074.

Telephone No.: +65 6778 1934
Email: [email protected]

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This Notice may be revised from time to time without any prior notice. You may determine if any such revision has taken place by referring to the date on which this Notice was last updated. Your continued use of our services constitutes your acknowledgement and acceptance of such changes

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Last Updated on: August 28th, 2020.