The newly renovated Occupational Health Clinic on the ground floor of the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) main building is now operational. The clinic has its soft launch on the 24 January 2020 and after the launch, we received our first patient. The clinic managed occupational diseases and injuries cases for Universiti Malaya (UM) and UMMC staff, and also the public. The clinic also conducts medical surveillance for UM and UM staff. The clinic is the first occupational health referral clinic in a hospital in Malaysia.
It was established to allow postgraduate students from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, the Universiti Malaya to learn occupational health clinical skills and to provide service to the surrounding communities. When we see a patient in the clinic and suspect an occupational cause, we will also conduct a Walk-through Survey at the workplace of the patient. All the workplace walk-through surveys conducted are without any additional cost to the patient or the company. The workplace walk-through surveys is a key essential part of the management of any occupational disease and injuries.
The clinic was opened back in March, 2005 with the support of Tan Sri Datuk Dr Mohd Amin, the then Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and the Director of UMMC. With the continued support from the subsequent director, Prof Dr Ikram Shah Ismail and the strong support of Prof Dr Tunku Kamarul Zaman the current Director of UMMC, the clinic was able to offer service to the community and a platform for our students to learn Occupational Medicine. We would like to thank Prof Dr Tunku Kamarul for providing us with our own space and budget for the renovation. This is the first time we have our own clinic. Our clinic has been using other Department’s facilities before moving to a new location in 2019. We have to use ENT, RUKA, O&G and UMMC Staff health facilities.