Charitable hospital opens

Patients waiting their turn to seek treatment at Kek Lok Si Charitable Hospital in Ayer Itam, Penang.

KEK Lok Si Charitable Hospital (KLSCH) in Ayer Itam, Penang, is now open to the public after obtaining necessary approvals from the Health Ministry.

It aims to provide affordable and high-quality healthcare services to the community and support needy folk who are unable to meet the full cost of their medical bills.

Board chairman Datuk Seri Venerable Seck Jit Heng announced the soft opening of the first ever Buddhist charitable hospital in Malaysia on Sunday.

“The grand opening will be held at a later date.

“The charitable hospital is fully funded by Yayasan Kek Lok Si,” he said in a statement.

A patient having a blood test done at the hospital.A patient having a blood test done at the hospital.

KLSCH is a 50-bedded specialist hospital with resident consultants for internal medicine, general surgery, orthopaedic, trauma and joint reconstruction, anaesthesiology, geriatric medicine, radiology and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat).

There will be sessional consultants for nephrology and a visiting consultant for cardiology.

KLSCH board member and medical superintendent Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said the hospital is equipped with modern and state-of-the-art medical equipment and devices.

“Among the facilities and services available here are CT-Scan, ultrasound, X-ray, in-house laboratory tests, specialists clinics, general ward care, intensive care, haemodialysis, accident and emergency, physiotherapy, modular operating theatres, ambulance service and pharmacy,” he said.

The hospital is open to all Malaysians regardless of race or religion.

A wide range of treatments are provided, including orthopaedic trauma and emergencies, joint replacement surgery including total knee and total hip replacement, sports injuries, back pain, ruptured discs and spinal stenosis, removal of lumps and bumps, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand arthritis and hand injuries, foot and ankle injury, osteoporosis, arthritis and radio frequency ablation therapy for pain relief.

Besides pre-operative assessment and post-operative care, the hospital also provides critical care service for critically-ill patients in ICU (intensive care unit) as well as resuscitation in medical emergencies.

Ven Seck (right) at the soft opening of Kek Lok Si Charitable Hospital.Ven Seck (right) at the soft opening of Kek Lok Si Charitable Hospital.

Physicians will see chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lung, kidney, liver and thyroid disorders and infectious diseases, skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin infections, nail and hair disorders and pigmentation problems.

Other treatments include both open and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgeries for benign and malignant surgical diseases in broad areas such as thyroid, breast and soft tissue, gastrointestinal, hernia, vascular surgery and oncology.

KLSCH is well equipped to treat a wide range of ear, nose and throat (ENT) diseases, including comprehensive diagnosis for all ENT disorders, including cancer in head and neck region and also snoring problems caused by obstructive sleep apnoea.

There are special treatments for the elderly which include comprehensive geriatric assessment, with multiple or complex medical illnesses, memory or cognitive assessment, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, falls, fracture risk assessment and osteoporosis and incontinence, stroke management and Parkinson’s Disease, peri-operative care, frailty and healthy ageing, functional impairment and rehabilitation.

The hospital ward is equipped with three types of rooms at affordable daily charges: single, double and four-bedded rooms.

The hospital is open daily 24/7.

For normal day registration, patients can do so at the customer service counter from Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 4.30pm and Saturdays, 8am to 12.30pm, while emergency registration can be done at the accident and emergency department throughout the day.

The consultant specialists clinics’ are open from Mondays to Fridays, from 8.30am to 5pm and Saturdays, from 8.30am to 1pm.

The hospital encourages patients to register or make appointments online through Apps Qmed or website

For enquiries, call 04-299 9333 or email to

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