Thursday, September 27, 2007

Scenes - Across Sarikei River. Part 4. Sarikei's 3rd Hospital

Sarikei Hospital 2007
View from Jalan Rentap.

The new Sarikei hospital is located at Jalan Rentap after the branches of roads named after fruits. You can't help but being awed by the size of the hospital (officially opened in 2006) as you approach it from Jalan Rentap. It's almost as big as Sarikei downtown. Click on the label "Hospitals" on the sidebar to soak in the history of Sarikei's 1st, 2nd and 3rd hospitals.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

A grand sign post greets you as you go past the guard house into the main hospital road. It has a maze of roads and a huge public car park. The public bus goes to the main lobby.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

Turn right from main entrance to go to the main lobby, the lobi utama pavilion in the picture. The car park is to the right of the picture. The emergency bay is to the left of the picture.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

Go straight along the palm lined main road to the emergency bay. Find the ambulances parked there.

Sarikei Hospital 2007.
The Emergency (Kecemasan) bay.

In the 60-70s, Sarikei had only 1 ambulance driven by a Cantonese, Mr Lam. Now we have 3 according to this picture.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

Inside the main lobby is an al fresco landscaped garden. Immaculately clean.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

This is what the 1st floor looks like above the main lobby. Spotless and the janitor was still cleaning.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

Next to the main lobby is this refreshing picnic and relaxation area. You can be forgiven for thinking that this is from a matured country like the Singapore General Hospital.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

There are standard hospital size lifts that can fit in bed-on-wheels. Sarikei District Office building is no longer the only one in Sarikei with lifts.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

The registration counter and waiting area are on the 1st floor. The pharmacist counter is also on the 1st floor.

Sarikei Hospital 2007

Brand new air-conditioned ward with its own washroom. Top class facilities. Even the curtains are nice.

Sarikei Hospital 2007.
Specialist Clinic (klinik pakar)

There's a specialist clinic (klinik pakar). Can someone enlighten us on what type of specialists are based there? I suspect that they are travelling specialists like other towns i.e. shared and only available on certain days. True? I heard that CT scans can be done in this Sarikei hospital, correct?

Sarikei Hospital 2007

This shows the wards and a children's playground with soft landing pads. In the playground of the old days, if you fell, you would have hit the grass and you had to get up by yourself.

Sarikei Hospital 2007
Rehabilitation (Rehabilitasi) wards.

There are several general practitioners in this hospital that are recruited from overseas. Thanks for coming to Sarikei to work. Imagine the language translation done by nurses when the diverse races of Sarikei's hinterland visit the clinics. Example: an Iban from a Selalang longhouse, an old Malay villager from Jalan Masjid Lama or an old Chinese farmer from Bulat.

Sarikei Hospital 2007
Staff Residence (kediaman kakitangan)

Where are the doctors and specialists churned out by Sarikei's talent pool? (Update: There are 70+ of them including specialists.) Most are working in other towns, other states or other countries for various reasons that are beyond here to discuss.


Daniel Yiek said...

This post has 15 pics taken in Feb'07 which took a while to upload. Next post may be late depending on whether I have internet access in Kuching.

Sim Y said...

Where are the people? I assume that such a big hospital will have a lot of patients and staffs.

Kanga said...

Hi sim y, may be Sarikei people are very healthy! they don't get sick very often. But strangely I heard that we do find sick Sarikei people in other private hospitals (Sibu,Kuching, ..etc??)Oh! careful what I say here.

Nelson said...

It is a new hospital planned to cater sarikeians for the next 10-20 yrs.

And it's like sibu hospital. initially, it was understaffed & not fully utilised.

By the way, hospital kuala terengganu initially had to promote themselves, gave phones numbers of doctors to all the people in KT town.

Daniel Yiek said...

These pics were taken after office hours. I'm not sure what the scenes will be like during office hours. I think it will be busy because this is a heavily subsidized service by the gov.

lynnx01 said...

Looks good.. my dad always jokes that I might get posted there one day. Who knows? Then I would scream.. "NO!! SARIKEI NO STREAMYX"

nelson said...

sarikei got no McD. so bring your own double cheese burger here! =)

Daniel Yiek said...

It's about time that Sarikei Hospital get our share of specialists.

KUCHING: The shortage of doctors in Sarawak can be overcome if the state government allows doctors from the peninsula to work freely in the state.

Malaysian Medical Association president Datuk Dr Khoo Kah Lin suggested Sarawak grant permanent resident (PR) status to peninsula doctors after they had served the state for a fixed period.
Speaking at the association’s annual banquet on Friday night, Dr Khoo urged the Health Ministry to lobby the state government on this matter.

Later, in response, Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said he had conveyed the association’s request at a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam on Friday.

Liow hoped the matter could be sorted out given the close cooperation between the state and federal governments.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud had asked the Health Ministry on Thursday to quickly resolve the acute shortage of medical officers and specialists in hospitals in the state.

Taib said out of the 1,334 510 or 38.2% had been filled while out of the 175 specialists posts in Sarawak medical officers’ posts, only General Hospital here, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu Hospitals, 135 or 77.5% had been filled.

The Chief Minister said specialist posts should also be created for other larger provincial hospitals like in Sri Aman, Sarikei and Kapit.

Dr Khoo said better incentives should be given to doctors working in remote areas in Sarawak and Sabah to retain them there.
“The government has provided hardship allowances to teachers serving in the rural areas. The same incentives should be extended to the doctors,” he added.
Dr Khoo said the government should hasten the process of posting new doctors, and follow what the Singapore government had done.
“Singapore has taken in our doctors to work as the process time for job application for new doctors is short and that their applications and processing are done on-line,” he added.

Al-Mualim Shah @ Dino~ said...

i work part time at that canteen!!!
in the future i hope to be the specialist in the specialist building..wait for me Sarikei

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