Klang Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) has closed its outpatient treatment services from yesterday (July 9), as it moves to focus on the increasing number of Covid-19 patients, said its director Dr Zulkarnain Mohd Rawi.
He said among the services affected due to the closure are the treatment of the Outpatient Specialist Clinic at the Ambulatory Care Centre (ACC), as well as the Physiotherapy and the Occupational Therapy services at the Main Building.
“Patients who have an appointment at the specialist clinics are advised not to come to the hospital until further notice,” Dr Zulkarnain said in a statement today.
On Wednesday, Klang MP Charles Santiago said the government must immediately intervene to improve the situation in the hospital’s emergency department, where patients were lying on camp beds outside the building.
Calling the situation a “tragedy”, he added that he will be writing to Health Minister Dr Adham Baba for an immediate increase in funding for the hospital.
In just two days, Malaysia has logged a total of 18,533 Covid-19 cases, with a record 9,353 cases reported today.
Of them, 61% or 11,346 cases were recorded in the Klang Valley alone.
According to Zulkarnain, a number of medical officers will be tasked to monitor and rearrange all the patient’s appointments at the specialist clinics, including new prescriptions for patients who have run out of medication.
He said the hospital will notify patients of new dates and times for appointments and medication collection from the pharmacy by text message (SMS).
“Patients are advised to be alert to the SMS notification given, so that they don’t miss the appointments or run out of medication,” he added. – TMI