Ipoh hospital launches drive-through initiative to ease congestion

Modified 30 Mar 2020, 1:31 am

CORONAVIRUS | A team of medical frontliners from Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh has conducted drive-through Neonatal Jaundice screenings to ease congestion in the clinic during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah the check-up is for newborn babies who need following up to prevent severe jaundice.

Yesterday, the team, led by Dr Chua Bee Sim, screened 63 babies using the facilities at Klinik Kesihatan Greentown.

"Only 11 babies required venesection, and three babies required admission for phototherapy," Noor Hisham said in a Facebook post yesterday.

He said the hospital's Paediatric clinic has been using the handheld Transcutaneous Bilirubinometer (TCB) for the past two years to complement venesection to decide jaundice levels.

"A TCB is an excellent method to decrease the need to do venesection in Neonatal Jaundice Clinics (NNJ).

'When used within its limitations, it is a useful tool to improve client satisfaction and NNJ management," he said.

As for the drive-through initiative, Noor Hisham said it would prevent potential overcrowding in the clinic and ensures social distancing.

- Bernama

Keep up with the latest information on the outbreak in the country with Malaysiakini's free Covid-19 tracker.

Malaysiakini is providing free access to the most important updates on the coronavirus pandemic. You can find them here.

Help keep independent media alive - subscribe to Malaysiakini

Share this story


By posting a comment, you agree to our Terms & Conditions as stipulated in full here


Foul language, profanity, vulgarity, slanderous, personal attack, threatening, sexually-orientated comments or the use of any method of communication that may violate any law or create needless unpleasantness will not be tolerated. Antisocial behaviour such as "spamming" and "trolling" will be suspended. Violators run the risk of also being blocked permanently.


Please use the report feature that is available below each comment to flag offending comments for our moderators to take action. Do not take matters in your own hands to avoid unpleasant and unnecessary exchanges that may result in your own suspension or ban.