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Re: Sarawak International Medical Centre
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thats why most of new project now being award to GU due to their fast track record

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I remember reading somewhere that they plan to design the SIMC along the lines of Mayo Clinic in the States, a private institution for the super rich with super privacy. Considering Normah already takes in rich patients from Indonesia, Brunei and Philippines, and even the crappy Timberland gets its share of ASEAN patients, the SIMC would definitely want to compete with Singapore, Penang and Bangkok.

I wouldn't be surprised if cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery and LASIK surgery are done in the hospital. I had my LASIK surgery in KL, and I have to go up there for check-up. With this in Kuching, clients need to fly in for check up, which means more influx of people to the city.

When you locate it in the middle of the jungle, it creates a sense of privacy, privilege and an escape from the real world. And again, with the new Sarawak Club Golf Course next door, I'm pretty sure they'll be planning to turn this into a private retreat where rich patients can relax and unwind.

Plus, a few years back in the Borneo Post, I read that they have a tie-in with a private Vienna hospital, where they share not only expertise but also refer patients. Want to go Europe and shop as you go for surgery? Go Vienna. Want to run away from EU chaos? Recuperate in Kuching!



Hoho... big talk but nothing happening.. if u go and see the place its still only 70% complete maybe less. no equipment also...

Normah is good... but very far in Kuching North. Facilities wise, Timberland is better... by facilities, i mean diagnostic equipment. I've done electives and seen the radiological equipment and its more advanced compared to the other hospitals. Another thing that isn't mentioned is that although the centre itself doesnt look great on the outside, the specialists there have been in the field for 30-50 yrs.. and their collective experience is something you would want as a patient :)

Supposedly they've got a plastic surgeon and a neuro surgeon now from the US that are fantastic. Better than believing those quack 'doctors' from the beauty parlor who give you liposuction or double eyelids and leave you lopsided haha. And possibly than getting general surgeons frm the other hospitals to operate and leave a horrendous ugly bulging scar o.O

Another point to make is... you do not know how many other surgeons or doctors call up those in Timberland asking for advice or help.... not mentioning any names

So your choice... nice place, less experienced doctors or experienced doctors with.. maybe a less fantastic area... after all you'll only be staying in the hospital for a few days.. would you rather an operation go wrong or have a misdiagnosis or leave your health in the hands of experienced doctors?

As for SIMC... well all we can do is hope its done in the near future.... o.O if it ever gets done..

Posted on: 2007/7/25 19:04
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Kchfan, I'd go for expertise, but if the location was good and the location fantastic, it would be a massive plus. Thanks for the info.

I had my LASIK surgery two years back. It was done in a small clinic in Taman Tun KL. Not really great, and the building is pretty similar to Timberland's location. The doctor himself has years of experience. A lot of people I know did their surgery there and had no issues.

However, there's another eye surgery clinic in Midvalley Megamall. Fancy location and all but not as great or as advanced compared to the Taman Tun location. I think I get where you're coming from. Let's hope that the SIMC will combine all the great things into one. Great facilities, beautiful surroundings and exceptional experience.

Going on a tangent here, every professional would call up others if they're not sure on certain things. I myself call friends in other firms when a legal question baffles me. It doesn't surprise me that doctors call surgeons in Timberland. If Normah does that, I have no issues. Means that they are getting more expert advice to be safe.

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Yup yup.. agree on that. It would be alright if it were a surgeon from the same field o.O Imagine a poor patient who comes in walking thru the door... having this specific condition... be it burns or cataract.. And the doctor on call.. has no exposure or no expertise in the field... What should they do? Of course call the consultant on call in the hospital or the consultant specialising in the field to come!! Especially if it's an emergency, that can affect the patient's future!

Surprisingly, although the only consultant in kuching specialising in this field is in the visiting consultant's list in this hospital, they do not ask him to come immediately and treat this poor patient... can you imagine this?... In fact, they have the nerve to call up and ask for advice via the phone, and prefer advice over the phone rather than ask the specialist to visit or have a look at the patient so that they don't have to share this poor patient's money with the consultant(who i hear happens to work full time at timberland).

OK so i hope they understood what an emergency is... and that was a severe condition requiring EXPERTISE... so what were some unexperienced donuts doing standing around and trying to act smart in another field when there's a SPECIALIST available....?
It's like an colorectal surgeon trying to do a jaw reconstruction with a plastic surgeon in the next room... or a physician doing open heart surgery when a cardiothoracic surgeon is a phone call away! Well, maybe not so exaggerated, but you get the geist.

So there it was, advice via the phone about the entire procedure.. costing the poor patient(not a local) thousands!! when in fact, a specialist was available in kuching!! Only goes to highlight a certain selfishness and greed of certain people... Whatever happened to patients come first? That's only the beginning of the horror storries i've heard. Is money the only thing certain establishments care about?

Patients are only passed on when they've finished leeching off the money, and after the stay when they really do not know HOW else to treat, they send them along.... guess where o.O!!! to the very specialist who could've treated them in the first place! With that kind of time frame, when the damage has already been done, tissues fibrosing and the like.... they have the nerve to pass the buck. Not to say that it was a bad job, but his condition would've been much better if he had had specialty care at the start!

Most ppl should probly know which 'exclusive hospital' i'm talking about:- hopefully things change, but this is just what happened to someone I know, and... he really regrets it but he just really cant get back the TENS of thousands he spent at this other 'o my god wow so beautiful' hospital! The service food etc may be good but then.... where is the medical ethics and expertise!? Taking the 'patient' out of 'patient care'?

WTF is the only thing i can say... and thank goodness my relatives and most of the people i know never go there.. its too far away frm kuching city for me to bother.

Sorry about the rambling... don't take everything I say at face value... just feeling grumpy about the treatment he had.


On a lighter note, :) any problems with your LASIK op so far? i'm thinking of maybe doing either a LASIK op or mole removal soon, possibly at the plastic surgeon.. wonder if there's laser at kuching tho? Anyone knows?

Posted on: 2007/7/26 0:22
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Sound like General Hospital...

But then again, didn't you know Sarawak is the ONLY public hospital in the whole of Malaysian Borneo to have high tech facilities, a complete cancer ward/whatever they call it..

Sadly, they havent thought of building a multistory carpark there.. The wait there is ages... Parking is a disaster..

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SGH is building a multi-storey car park at the back, it's just that they have too many things to build at the same time. The old nurses college/residence will be gone, and a new car park will be built over at the Keretapi Road entrance, so my sources tell me.

As far as I know, there are no LASIK surgeons in KL. I suggest you stick with Optimax Taman Tun, KL. Had it done there when I was back home, very good service and excellent referrals. I was referred to a doctor in Kuching when I was recuperating back home, and then another good doctor here in Sydney.

The nearest location I can think of for LASIK is Optimax KK, but I'd rather stick with Taman Tun because of the expertise down there. They plan to open one in Kuching because quite a number of their patients are from Kuching. Not sure about mole removal or plastic surgeons in Kuching.

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Sorry, correction, I meant no LASIK facilities in Kuching.

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Yep.. there's a plastic surgeon Dr Peter Wong in Timberland who i hear is very good... don't think there's any other plastic surgeons in kuching. And the general hospital isnt too bad... except the parking is horrendous and the queue is unbelievable. Doubt many hospitals would do a palliative care ward though, in kuching as running cost > profits i should think.

SGH is good in that sense, that it has a proper palliative care unit.

Thanks for your info on LASIK btw.. how much did u get yours done for?

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Hoho... lol.. guess wrongliao.... Sarawak General Hospital where got nice environment... already narrow downliao... if cant guess can jump in river lol.

When i say poor, i kinda mean ko lian... haha.. not bo lui patient.
haha.. have a bit lui lor... but not have money tree at home.

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Sound like General Hospital...

But then again, didn't you know Sarawak is the ONLY public hospital in the whole of Malaysian Borneo to have high tech facilities, a complete cancer ward/whatever they call it..

Sadly, they havent thought of building a multistory carpark there.. The wait there is ages... Parking is a disaster..

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I had Epi-LASIK which was roughly RM5000. Epi-LASIK is the high end, really high technology procedure. 3 hours for preparation but less than 1 minute for the actual procedure. That was 2 years ago, quite possibly, the price should have gone down by now.

Be thankful that the state government is quite literally rebuilding the entire general hospital. The entire area from SGH to the UNIMAS Health Sciences faculty is slated to become an entire medical precinct. For now, they're just focusing on the core buildings.

I know people in the State Health Department offices who can't even get parking in the area. Hopefully the SIMC's parking facilities won't be a pain.

In Australia and other Western countries, you need to wait for 2 hours or more at least to be served. Even the Countess of Wessex, a member of British Royal Family, had problems getting medical attention.

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