HEALTH BOOST: Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun gets RM8.95mil allocation to set up Intensive Cardiology Laboratory
IPOH: HOSPITAL Raja Permaisuri Bainun (HRPB) is one step closer in having its own Intensive Cardiology Laboratory (ICL).
An allocation of RM8.95 million has been approved by the Health Ministry for this project, recently. Work is scheduled to start in a week's time.
According to the Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, the ICL project is expected to be completed in six month's time.
"It will be located at the hospital's day care centre and for a start, it will be offering angiogram diagnostics and stabilisation services, followed by low-risk angioplasty cases in June, 2013.
"The unit will operate during normal office hours but all complicated cases will be referred to the National Heart Institute (IJN) or Hospital Serdang," said Dr Mah during a press conference in HRPB recently.
Also present were HRPB director Dr Raja Lope Ahmad Raja Ariffin and cardiologist Dr Asri Ranga Abdullah Ramaiah
Based on the studies conducted by the hospital, the opening of the ICL unit will cut the number of referral cases by half, as most of the cases involved only angiogram diagnostics.
"It will be led by Dr Asri Ranga and eight other staff who are currently undergoing intensive training at the Serdang Hospital.
"At present, heart patients who are unable to seek treatment from private hospitals here have to travel to the government hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
"The HRPB will have a complete ICL unit, with the necessary medical equipment and services of in-house surgeons by 2018.
"In the mean time, it will seek the assistance of the nearest private hospitals to conduct surgeries on a case-by-case basis," he said.
Dr Mah said that HRPB would also need about RM6 million to upgrade the medical equipment at the hospital's Coronary Care Unit (CCU) ward and a request had been submitted to the Health Ministry.