BATU PAHAT: The new district hospital building planned under the 10th Malaysia Plan was opened to public.
The RM197mil project began in 2008 and was completed last June, said the hospital’s board of visitors chairman Khoo Tian Seng.
“The old building with only 315 beds was very congested due to increasing population and this new building will help to ease the problem,” he said during a visit there with his committee members recently.
The new six-storey block comprises 202 beds, four operation theatres, intensive care unit, blood bank, emergency room, endoscopy unit, pathology unit, blood bank, pharmacy and other medical-related facilities.
It’s also fitted with a Closed-Circuit Tevision (CCTV) system, air-conditioning and automated door for crowd control.
“The hospital also has wireless broadband which allows the patients to use the Internet,” he said.
Khoo added that the Batu Pahat hospital is the second medical facility in Johor with a drive-through pharmacy.
“Patients just have to SMS and register before they come and collect their medicine without having to queue at the counter,” he said.
The hospital would also put up signboards in Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil at its information and payment counters, pharmacy and emergency room for the convenience of its patients.
Khoo said the new hospital building, which emphasised on green environment, has plants growing around the compound and boasts spacious wards, a prayer room, pantry, changing room, lockers as well as a reading room for patients and their families.
He added that the hospital was also in need of books to fill its reading rooms.
“Those who want to donate may contact the hospital authority or the visitor’s board,” he said.