Serdang Hospital Cardiology Centre expects twice as many patients  

We will be able to increase the number of heart procedures from 35,000 up to 60,000 heart procedures a year, says Khairy

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic credit: serdangcardiology.com

THE Serdang Hospital Cardiology Centre is expecting to receive twice as many patients as the National Tertiary Cardiac Referral Centre. 

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said Serdang Hospital’s heart service is the busiest with the highest workload among all 10 heart service facilities under the Health Ministry (MoH) with over 40,000 outpatients a year and over 12,000 invasive treatments a year including angiograms and coronary angioplasty.

“With the opening of the Serdang Hospital Cardiology Centre, we will be able to increase the number of heart procedures from 35,000 up to 60,000 heart procedures a year.

“This Cardiology Centre was established to speed up treatment for patients and is expected to reduce the waiting time for angiogram treatment from 18 to nine months for stable elective cases. “However, emergency cases will still be treated immediately,” he said at the Hospital Serdang Cardiology Centre project handover yesterday. 

The project has been approved under Rolling Plan 4 Year 2015 of the 10th Malaysia Plan with a total cost of RM546 million, of which RM311 million is for building construction and RM235 million is for the procurement of equipment.

Built with an eight-storey cardiology block that accommodates 262 beds and a nine-storey parking block, the Cardiology Centre will commence operation on Dec 12, 2022.

The centre is also equipped with four operating rooms; coronary care unit; cardiology care unit; cardiothoracic intensive care unit; pediatric cardiothoracic intensive care unit; invasive cardiac laboratory (ICL); non-invasive cardiac laboratory; cardiac rehabilitation unit; drug transfer unit; supply centre and sterile department; Department of Cardiac Radiology; and Cardiac Emergency Department.

“According to statistics, the number of patients admitted to the cardiology ward at Serdang Hospital shows an increasing trend from 2015 to 2018 — with an average annual increase between 800 and 1,200 patients. 

“At the same time, the bed occupancy rate also increased from 101% in 2015 to 159% in 2018. This situation has increased the waiting time for patients between six and 18 months,” Khairy said.

The centre also has six ICLs, of which there are two ICLs have not yet been completed. 

Accordingly, the MoH will formulate a direction to complete the 2 ICLs which will cost RM30 million, at the same time allowing the Heart Centre to receive an additional 6,000 cases a year.

In addition, the new centre is also equipped with the first ICL in the Emergency Department in Malaysia, the First Hybrid Operating Room, a 3.0 Tesla MRI machine unit for cardiac patients, as well as ICT equipment. 

The Serdang Hospital Cardiology Centre was successfully completed five days earlier than the contract completion date with project cost savings exceeding RM10 million — RM292 million from the original contract cost of RM307 million.

On the number of cardiologists at the Serdang Hospital Cardiology Centre, Khairy said out of 300 cardiologists throughout Malaysia, 70 are from Serdang.

“Malaysia has a total of 300 cardiologists. However, out of that number, only 10% of specialists work at MoH and the rest at private hospitals. “Although MoH only has 10% of the available specialists, its heart service has three times more workload than in private hospitals,” he added. 

Meanwhile, there are 30 consultants and 20 clinical specialists at the Serdang Hospital Cardiology Centre.