Hospitals in Penang

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.

Island Hospital

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.

Gleneagles Medical Centre

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.

Penang Adventist Hospital

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.

Specialist Centre (Loh Guan Lye)

238, Macalister Road, 10400 Penang, Malaysia.
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.

Carl Corrynton Medical Centre

12A Jalan Mesjid Negeri

Phone: 04-829 9188
Email: [email protected]

Other hospitals to consider:

Lam Wah Ee (Non-Profit, Private) Hospital

It is located in the center of the island.  We’ve had two sets of friends give birth to twins here.

Hope Children Hospital

Jalan Gottlieb

tel: 04-2286557

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.