The new clinic in Persiaran Desa Rishah 2 was opened in mid 2009 and the three-storey building is one of the beautiful modern clinics in the country. The clinic was built at a cost of RM27m, including the cost of medical equipment and other facilities.
The clinic currently provides the following health and medical services: outpatient clinic, consultation for diabetes, asthma and hypertension, care of pregnant mother and child, postnatal care and immunisation, dental clinic, medical examination and vaccination for prevention of cervical cancer. The clinic has its own laboratory. Emergency services are available during office hours. Each clinic has a play area for children.
The X-ray department will soon be operational as soon as equipment glitches are resolved as will rehabilitation services for back ache, post stroke and occupational therapy.
There is more than fifty staff including six doctors, eleven nurses and three medical administrators. The nurses make house visits for pre and post natal care.
The clinic primarily caters to the needs of residents of Buntong which has a population of about 102,000. Most of the patients come from Buntong.
Medical Officer, Dr. Fauziah bt Abdul Karim said that the clinic is open from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on weekdays and closed on weekends. She added that treatment is given to every person who comes regardless of their residential status. More than 4,000 patients visit the clinic every month. However signage to the clinic is inadequate and most people are unaware of its existence.
Raja Pitchay, Treasurer of the Advisory Panel that liaises between the patients and the hospital authorities and highlights the problems and needs of the patients, informed Ipoh Echo about the Open Day in December 2010 which was launched by Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, Chairman, Perak Health Committee to popularise the clinic. The building is new and smells of new paint; all the furniture and equipment are new. It is hoped that the authorities will maintain them. The public must also be made aware to not damage the furniture and other facilities and keep the premises clean.