Three OTs in heart centre back in action

PETALING JAYA: Three of the four non-functioning operating theatres (OT) that had been out of service at Pusat Jantung Hospital Serdang (Serdang Heart Centre) are up and running again.

Work is now going on at the fourth non-functional OT, which is expected to be ready soon.

On Wednesday, two adults and two children underwent successful procedures at these OTs, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

“This was followed by three adults and two children the next day,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday,

“All issues related to the temperature and humidity have been resolved,” he added.

The Star had reported on May 14 that maintenance issues at the cardiac facility in Hospital Serdang had caused its four OTs to be unusable, resulting in over 1,000 patients remaining on the waiting list for procedures.

The 18-month-old cardiac facility’s four OTs had to be shut down because of maintenance problems, particularly air-conditioning issues, leaving the hospital with only one functioning OT, in its old building.

Flashback: the report that was published in The Star on May 14, 2024.Flashback: the report that was published in The Star on May 14, 2024.

Dzulkefly had given an assurance last month that the three new operating theatres would be functional in June.

The heart centre is one of the country’s primary cardiology centres, receiving referrals from all over the nation.

Welcoming the news, Hartal Doktor Kontrak spokesman Dr Muhammad Yassin said the facility would be very beneficial to the people.

However, he said the ministry should be proactive in solving such issues before it goes viral or is published in the news.

Malaysian Association for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (MATCVS) honorary secretary Prof Dr John Chan Kok Meng said that with the operating theatres now functioning, the waiting list for surgery at the heart centre could become shorter.

“I am told that the new operating theatres are state-of-the-art and very spacious, and the cardiothoracic surgeons have found them to be excellent facilities to perform heart surgery,” he said.

The RM546mil new facility began operations in December 2022 and was aimed at speeding up treatment and shortening the waiting period for angiogram treatments.

It was expected to shorten the waiting period from 18 months to just nine months for stable elective cases while emergency cases could be treated immediately.

The facility is equipped with a hybrid operating theatre – the first of its kind under the Health Ministry – and could serve up to 250 cardiac patients per year.

The operating theatres are also equipped with sophisticated equipment which enable complex cases to be carried out, he said.

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