A Visit To Hospital Selayang

A group of 80 Cambridge A-Level and Foundation in Science students accompanied by two lecturers visited Selayang Hospital on the 6th of November.The trip was organized to expose and educate Biology students on the working environment and various job scopes in the biological and medical field.

Hospital Selayang group shot
Arrival at Selayang Hospital

Upon arrival at the hospital at 8.40a.m, we were welcomed by the hospital staff and were then briefed by the Human Resource Director, Puan Nurul Sahmi at the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Auditorium. She briefed us on the management and layout of the hospital. We were in awe when she mentioned that the hospital has over 960 beds and a helipad!

At 9:40 a.m., the students were divided into three groups to visit three separate departments. The three groups took turns to visit the Forensic Department, the Pharmacy Department and the Pathology Department. At the Forensic Department, Dr. Suhaimi, a forensic doctor briefly explained the perks of being a forensic scientist and their duty. According to Dr. Suhaimi, a postmortem can only be carried out under two conditions – if there is no official statement authorizing the removal of the corpse to the cemetery or the deceased has no family and friends. In that case, the corpse undergoes autopsy for research purposes in the institute. There were 12 mortuary refrigerators and freezers allocated for the adult and infant corpses. Various operating equipment and apparatus utilized in autopsies such as the T-knife, S-shaped bait and jute yarn were introduced. Despite the eerie ambiance, students enjoyed the momentary visit at the forensic department.

Hospital Selayang morgue
Mortuary refrigerator (with corpses within!)

Hospital Selayang equipments
Assortments of surgical instruments

Groups visiting the Pharmacy Department was briefed by Pharmacist Rodgne. She introduced various services provided by the Pharmacy Department and the complexity of the system within. These services includes Medication Therapy Adherence Clinic (MTAC) also known as Drug Counseling, Value Added Service for subsequent supply of medicine, Manufacturing and Prepackaging of Drugs*, Drug Information Service and Pharmacokinetic Service (drug monitoring). In addition to that, there is also the Aseptic Unit which provides two services, i.e. Parenteral nutrition and Cytotoxic Drugs Reconstitution (CDR). CDR provides customized chemotherapy regime to patients whereas parenteral nutrition is the feeding of a person intravenously instead of the conventional process of eating and digestion. Students got to spectate the manufacturing of certain medicines like cough syrup and the methods used by pharmacists to set the dosages of medicines according to the patient’s ailment and needs.

At the Pathology Department, Dr. Siti, a pathologist explained that the Pathology Department has six sub-units which consist of the Biochemistry Unit, Forensic Unit, Hematology Unit, Microbiology Unit, Histopathology Unit and Scientology Unit. Students experienced the usage of the centrifuge and visited the blood bank and Transfusion Unit. We could not spend more time in that department due to the hectic working environment.

Hospital Selayang medicine

At 12:00 p.m., we gathered at the canteen to for lunch. After lunch, we bid goodbye to the hospital and thanked the hospital management and staff for their warm welcome and hospitality. We reached the campus around 1:00 p.m. All in all, it was a tiring but exciting trip for the biology students as we’ve gained much from the exposure and many were inspired to pursue a career in medicine and healthcare in the future.

Article By: Ethan Lim Jijian

Photographs by: Tan Qi Yong

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