Final lap to hospital launch

Hospital staff at the centre’s dialysis section for kidney patients.

KEK Lok Si Charitable Medical Centre (KLSCMC) in Ayer Itam, Penang, is scheduled to open its doors in another month.The centre’s board chairman Datuk Seri Venerable Seck Jit Heng said the medical centre obtained the certificate of completion and compliance (CCC) from the city council recently.

“We were supposed to start operating in August last year but the progress was slowed down and delayed due to the pandemic.

“With the CCC obtained, the building is fit and safe to occupy.

“We are now awaiting the final stage, which is the inspection by Health Ministry‘s Private Medical Practice Control Section before they can issue us the Private Hospital Operating Licence.

“Once we get the licence, which is expected to be soon, we will immediately start operating, ” he said told reporters at the cafeteria of KLSCMC on Thursday.

Ven Seck added that the purpose of building KLSCMC was to cater to the needs of those who cannot afford the high fees of specialist care at private hospitals or for those who cannot wait their turns at government hospitals.

“Some illnesses can’t wait, and this hospital will come in handy for them.

“Being a non-profit charitable hospital, we treat all Malaysians regardless of race and religion.

“We will not practise medical tourism except for emergency cases to treat and stabilise foreigners in need before sending them to their preferred hospitals, ” he said.

Patients of KLSCMC will pay for medical treatments at lower cost compared to other non-profit hospitals.

For patients who cannot afford to pay the full medical cost, they can apply to the hospital’s welfare department.

Yayasan Kek Lok Si will subsidise the bill after the welfare department does the vetting and the special committee approves the applications.

KLSCMC has 50 beds but will utilise 22 beds for a start. The medical centre is a five-storey building with a built-up area of 68,000sq ft.

KLSCMC board member and medical superintendent Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said the medical centre is a specialist hospital with resident consultants, sessional consultants and visiting consultants.

“Our resident consultants specialise in internal medicine, general surgery, orthopaedic, trauma and joint reconstructive, anaesthesiology, geriatric medicine, radiology and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat).

“Our sessional consultants are in gynaecology and nephrology while cardiology treatment is by visiting consultants.

“The facilities and services provided include X-ray, ultrasound, CT-scan, laboratory, modular critical care unit, haemodialysis centre, accident and emergency, modular operating theatres, ambulance service, physiotherapy and general wards, ” Dr Teng said.

Present at the visit were hospital advisor Datuk Oo Joo Tee, KLSCMC board member and project lead Datuk Seri

Steven Ooi, hospital chief operating officer Lai Yeu Kong, matron Cheah Lew Kin,governance and welfare committee members Datuk Hwang Thean Long and Khoo Boo Leong.

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