KLANG: A new block will be added to the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) here to ease the current congestion.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said work has already started on the new block, which is expected to be completed within three years.
“Once that’s done we hope to solve some of the congestion problem,’’ Dr Subramaniam told a press conference after a surprise visit to the hospital.
Dr Subramaniam, who went around the hospital, said the new block would probably house the gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatric units.
He also said that there was also a need for hospitals to seek out and implement innovative methods to handle overcrowding and congestion.
He added HTAR has come-up with an innovative method to ensure that beds are immediately available for new patients when earlier patients are discharged.
“Previously when patients are discharged, they stay at the ward until their families come.
“Now the hospital has created an innovative discharge centre where patients can wait (for their families) allowing the beds to be available for other patients,’’ said Dr Subramaniam.
He said HTAR received more than 2,000 patients, including outpatients, daily and there were 40-bed wards occupied with 60 patients.
According to Dr Subramaniam, he made the surprise visit to see the hospital's daily operations.
He said HTAR was one of the busiest hospitals in the country, but reckoned that some of the congestion would be reduced when the Shah Alam Hospital becomes operational at the end of the year.
Dr Subramaniam said he was told that Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) was also going to build a teaching hospital at its Puncak Alam campus and said that too would contribute towards easing the congestion at HTAR.