I have been remiss about not updating the Hospitals in Penang page here. The good people at Carl Corrynton Medical Centre reached out to me to help keep the information that I maintain for the expats living in Penang.
Carl Corrynton Medical Centre
12A Jalan Mesjid Negeri
From their own site:
Located just minutes away from the Penang Bridge, a stone-throw away from Penang Island’s city centre and less than 30 minutes from the Penang International Airport, Carl Corrynton Medical Centre (‘CCMC’) is committed to become the leading and pioneer medical centre in the Northern Region of Malaysia that is focussed on Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery, Wellness & Health Screening, Orthopaedic-Sports Medicine and Kidney/Internal Medicine.
If you are driving in from Penang Bridge, you can take the first right turn immediately after the Penang Bridge. Moving along this road, there would be a petrol kiosk and Tesco on your left. Take the second left turn at the Tesco intersection. Continue driving along the main Jalan Masjid Negeri until you see Trinity Church on your left and the ever famous Greenlane (old name for Jalan Masjid Negeri) McDonald’s. We are located directly opposite this McDonald’s and also the Penang Free School, just before the State’s main mosque – the Masjid Negeri.
Taking over from an existing hospital, we have carried out extensive refurbishment to the Centre to add a touch of class and quality to exude the comfort that our clients and patients will demand of a 5-Star hotel ambience. We have also upgraded the entire electrical and electronic system as well as the latest fire protection plus fire-fighting equipment to provide a sense of security and safety to our valued patients.
Facilities & Services:
Wellness & Health Screening
– CT-Scan 64-Sliced
– Computed Radiography
– Stress Test
– BMD (Bone Densitometry)
– Lung Function Test
Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Aesthetic
– Surgery (Face Lift, Neck Lift, Eyelid, Nose, Ears, Lips, Chin & Cheek,
Breast Augmentation, Body Contour, Tummy Tuck and many more).
– Laser/IPL Treatment (Freckles, Scar, Veins, Birthmarks, etc.)
– Non-Surgical Treatment (Botox, Fillers, Thread Lift, etc.)
– Orthopaedic Surgery
– Non-Surgical Sports Medicine Treatment
– Physiotherapy Centre
Kidney & Diabetes Care Centre
– Management of Kidney & Diabetes Disease
– Management of Difficult or Resistant Hypertension
– Management of Gout and Urate Nephropathy
– Management of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and Pyelonephritis
– Management of SLE and Vasculitides
– Management of Glomerulonephritis
– Management of Other Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease
– Management of Haemodialysis and CAPD Patients with Renal Failure
– Home Dialysis Report (CAPD, APD, NxStage)
– Personal Diabetes Management
– Kidney Care and Correct
– Regenerative Medicine
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Hospitals in Penang
There’s a debate among expats about which hospitals in Penang are to be trusted. Everyone seems to agree that in the past Adventist Hospital was at the top. The debate revolves around whether they are still number one. Those in favor of Adventist Hospital insist that doctors there determine whether the other hospitals in Penang are even accredited. However, the consensus that we’ve heard most is that several top notch doctors have left Adventist taking their high-tech equipment with them, and that Adventist Hospital, while not bad, is not what it used to be.
In general, we recommend three private hospitals in this order, the first two tying for first place and recorded in alphabetical order. They’re all near each other in the western end of Georgetown. They all provide executive health screening.
308 Macalister Road
Tel: +(604) 228 8222 / Fax: +(604) 226 7989
On the recommendation of two other expatriate ladies, one American and one British, this is the hospital we’ve chosen for having our next child. Prof. Dr Narinder Singh Shadan is the only OB in Penang who is qualified to perform water births. We have been seeing him for our pre-natal visits and very pleased with his attention and care. I will have more posts in the future about our experiences having a baby in Penang.
Other doctors that are especially praised are Dr. Malik (endochronologist) and Dr. Aaron Lim (sports orthopedic surgeon).
In our time here, Island Hospital has had construction and renovation going on. They’ve done a good job of keeping it unobtrusive except when it comes to parking there.
1 Jalan Pangkor
Tel: (+604) 2276111, (+604) 2202103 / Fax: (+604) 2262994
Gleneagles is a high-tech state of the art facility with a brand new wing built in 2012.
Dr. Peter Vanasingham—one of Gleneagles’ founders, is an excellent surgeon, despite his advanced age.
465 Jalan Burma
Tel: (+604) 222 7200 / Fax: (+604) 226 3366
Our advice would be to go to Adventist Hospital first only if you know you have a specific condition that can best be treated by a strongly recommended physician there.
19 & 21, Logan Road, 10400 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: (+604) 238 8888 / Fax: (+604) 229 0287
Emergency: +604 226 6911
Also located near the other hospitals in Penang, the Specialist Centre is in the heart of Georgetown.
12A Jalan Mesjid Negeri
Other hospitals to consider:
It is located in the center of the island. We’ve had two sets of friends give birth to twins here.
Hope Children Hospital
Of the hospitals in Penang, this one specializes in Pediatrics and has been recommended by many parents of students at Dalat International School.
Located at the south end of Jalan Gottlieb, this is a pediatric care hospital with a walk-in clinic as well. A walk-in consultation is only RM 35. We have taken our children to Hope Children Hospital for routine check ups and immunizations as well as checking on other issues, like allergies and persistent coughs.
Penang General Hospital
In general, we do not recommend Penang General Hospital. My anecdotal review can be found on this site. However, we know one family whose son was diagnosed at Island Hospital with a rare disease, but advised that the pediatric specialist for this disease practiced only at Penang General Hospital. Reluctantly they went to him, got treatment that brought full recovery and paid very little—because it was at the general hospital.
If you check out our list of recommended hospitals, you will notice that Hospital Pulau Pinang is not on the list. We recently had an experience that underscored the lack of recommendation. I will not risk any problems with the hospital, so I’ll just state the facts and leave it up to you to decide how you feel about this place.
We have an Indonesian friend who sells purses in Batu Ferringhi. One day she called my wife to tell her that she’s got some stomach pain and would miss an appointment that they had set up. We expressed that if she needed help seeking medical help that we were willing to be there for her.
Sunday night at 11pm, she took us up on that offer. I stayed home with the sleeping children and my wife took her. After two hours of waiting, they finally saw her, and confirmed that they needed to operate, so they admitted her. My wife tried to pay but her card was low in funds so they said “No problem, pay tomorrow.” She left and came home at 2:00.
The next morning we heard from our friend that she couldn’t get surgery until she paid for it. I rushed around getting the cash into the hands of her husband.
They ran tests and confirmed that it was appendicitis and didn’t get to surgery until 6pm. The next morning, Tuesday, we found out from the husband that they went in, found a healthy appendix and then opened her up in two more places, looking for problems. A doctor tried to explain to my wife in broken English that he took out some bad blood (a clot maybe?) from the burn (no idea what that means).
By Thursday afternoon she felt well enough to go home, but needed more money. We helped them out some more and drove her home, so she wouldn’t have to ride home on a motorbike.
Epilogue: We just got an SMS from her that she went back to hospital last night, was operated on again, and was told this morning that they will need to operate again today. We have no idea what is going on.
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