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New hospital in HKL by August

KUALA LUMPUR: The new Wo­­men and Children’s Hospital within Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) will be ready as early as August.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the facility is 99% completed and will open its doors in August or September.

“All maternity and children’s services will be moved there,” he said during a visit to HKL’s emergency department yesterday.

The RM848mil complex for women and children will have 600 beds and help ease congestion at the old paediatrics’ institute.

Dr Subramaniam said many development projects had been undertaken to improve services at the hospital over the last five or six years.

Another project that has been approved is a new operating theatre complex, which will have an intensive care unit and additional wards.

“The tender process for the project will be called in a few months,” he added.

The Government, he said, has also committed RM40mil to upgrade the emergency department.

Meanwhile, Dr Subramaniam reminded non-emergency patients to go to the new clinic in Jalan Fletcher here.

Some doctors found that many patients of non-emergency cases were still going to the hospital, instead of the clinic.

“We are educating them and it will take time.

“If the doctors find the patients to be purely cases of common cold, then the staff will advise them to go to the clinic,” he said.

The outpatient clinic in Jalan Flet­cher, built at a cost of RM50mil, opened last month to ease the congestion at the emergency department.

Dr Subramaniam also said an MRT station would be built for HKL, scheduled for completion in 2022.

A request has also been made for the DUKE Highway to build an access road to the hospital, he added.