KLANG: The Klang Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR) received praise from Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad for the many innovative and creative ways it managed its patients, and he wants these ways used in hospitals nationwide.
The Health Minister was particularly impressed with the Multi-Disciplinary Short Stay Unit (MDSU) system, which involves every unit and section of the hospital.
"I want this method to be a benchmark and SOP (Standard operating procedure) and if we can, we want to roll out the MDSU throughout the country,'' he added.
Under this system, the clinical state of the patient is ascertained and necessary measures are initiated to prevent unnecessary hospital stay.
"This is a good system as it reduces congestion in the wards. This unit keeps the patients for up 72 hours for treatment and they don't need to get admitted,'' Dr Dzulkefly told a press conference after a working visit to the hospital.
The MDSU unit has 20 beds.
He said that he was also told that the patients discharged from the MDSU do not have a relapse.
Another aspect that Dr Dzulkefly praised was HTAR's close collaboration with eight private practitioners who ensure that referrals are given a full assessment before sending them to the hospital.
He said this saves time as the preliminary assessment is already done before the patients are directed to the hospital.
"This is only place where I see a close collaboration between private clinics and the hospital to reduce waiting time and congestion,'' he added.
HTAR is the second biggest government hospital in the country in terms of patient and bed numbers.