Facilities at Ayer Keroh Pantai Hospital improved to offer best specialist services
MELAKA,. In dealing with various challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ayer Keroh Pantai Hospital continues to provide the best infrastructure, facilities and specialist services for its patients and their families.
Its chief executive officer, Tan Yew Aik, said the hospital is having a new eight-storey building block, scheduled to be ready in the second quarter of next year, which would also house the Emergency Department, currently located in Block A.
He said the opening of the new Block C would also increase the number of beds in the hospital from 217 to 360 beds, besides adding three more operation theatres from seven currently.
“Construction of Block C is a part of the work to upgrade Ayer Keroh Pantai Hospital which started with only one block, namely, Block A, in 1995, followed by Block B in 1999.
“Block D, which involves a four-storey car park with over 600 parking bays, was built in 2017. Construction of Block C and D, as well as the various supporting infrastructure involves an investment of about RM190 million,” he told Bernama here, today.
Tan said the hospital would also have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit next year for infants requiring frequent treatments or monitoring and Day Care Surgery for minor surgeries which do not require the patients to be admitted, such as cataract, thus reducing their medical cost.
He said the old building of the hospital was also being upgraded in terms of their interior design, such as wards, lobby, registration counter and escalators, besides focusing on lighting with an autumn theme so that patients, their families and visitors would feel more comfortable and peaceful in the premises.
On other attractions, he said Pantai Hospital would also provide more cafes, restaurants and convenience shops such as Starbucks, Juicee, Hot and Roll and myNEWS.
He added the hospital would also have a 640-slice CT scanner worth over RM5 million next year to improve the quality and service efficiency for its patients.
“This Japan technology is the first in Malaysia. The scanner is able to produce better and accurate images and at the same time reduces radiation to patients,” he explained.
Tan said there would also be several sub-speciality services such as Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery to overcome obesity and Neonatology to treat premature babies.
“Last June, we have introduced the Geriatric Medicine that focuses on healthcare for elderly people with chronic diseases as their population in this country is increasing. This is to help senior citizens enjoy better quality of life,” he said.