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April 19, 2012

Hydrotherapy pool part of upgraded Taiping Hospital

Story and photos by FONG KEE SOON
keesoon@thestar.com.my 

A hydrotherapy pool will soon be among the new features of the Taiping Hospital.

The hydrotherapy pool provides treatment for patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, improving their physical function and strength.

Hydrotherapy has been proven to help patients recover from conditions such as joint and back pain, arthritis, sports injuries and reduced mobility.

Taiping Hospital - Central Services Block under construction
Work in progress: The Central Services Block at the Taiping Hospital under construction.

The pool will be the first of its kind for Government hospitals in Perak’s northern region.

It will be located at a RM189mil four-storey central service block which is currently being built from allocations under the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015).

Construction of the project started in April 2011 and was expected to be completed in November.

Hospital director Dr Mohd Yassim Abdul Rahman said the new block would also double the number of general operation theatres from four to eight.

“This will further reduce the waiting time for patients in need of surgery,” Dr Mohd Yasssim told The Star recently.

 

Taiping Hospital - car park often full
Not enough space: The car park at the Taiping Hospital is often full.

He also added that the building would house a blood bank, delivery rooms, operation theatre, admission unit, intensive care unit as well as various departments including pathology, radiology, rehabilitation, administrative and for physio/occupational therapy.

Dr Yassim said parking facilitieswould also be improved as a multiple-storey carpark was also part of the project.

“The carpark will provide an additional 204 parking bays, bringing the total available bays to more than 600,” he said.

Hospital visitor Zaidah Yaacob, 67, said it was a timely upgrade as the hospital had been providing exemplary service.

“The staff are courteous and prompt in attending to patients and their families.

“It is also not crowded here,” said the retiree, whose pregnant daughter was hospitalised after being electrocuted.

Headmaster K. Pechamuthu from Selama is confident the hospital would make good use of the new facilities.

“During my previous visit, it took more than 20 minutes for me to find a parking space,” said the 52-year-old eye surgery patient.

Taiping Hospital has been focusing only on treating emergency and serious medical cases since February 2008 when an outpatient health clinic called Klinik Kesihatan Taiping was officially opened in Jalan Tupai.

The hospital has around 608 beds.