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.
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.
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.
Go straight along the palm lined main road to the emergency bay. Find the ambulances parked there.
In the 60-70s, Sarikei had only 1 ambulance driven by a Cantonese, Mr Lam. Now we have 3 according to this picture.
Inside the main lobby is an al fresco landscaped garden. Immaculately clean.
This is what the 1st floor looks like above the main lobby. Spotless and the janitor was still cleaning.
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.
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.
The registration counter and waiting area are on the 1st floor. The pharmacist counter is also on the 1st floor.
Brand new air-conditioned ward with its own washroom. Top class facilities. Even the curtains are nice.
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?
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.
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.
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.