Sarawak General Hospital

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Kuching, Malaysia

Hospital description

Sarawak General Hospital (Hospital Umum Sarawak) was established in 1870. It is the largest hospital in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is the main tertiary and referral hospital in East Malaysia. lt is also the department of Radiotherapy, Oncology and Palliative Care Unit, founded in 1985. It is the only government oncology centre in East Malaysia serving a population of 2.3 million. In 1994 began their Palliative care service with inpatient care as well as home care service for the whole state.
In its earlier years it was known as Kuching General Hospital. SGH serves as a teaching hospital for a wide field of medical and allied health personnel. The medical faculty of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak uses the hospital as a teaching hospital for its medical students.

SGH is also a popular place for elective attachment for medical students. Elective students from UK, Australia & New Zealand started to come regularly after 1987 when the department of medicine was headed by Dr Chew Peng Hong. Since then it has become a favourite elective destination for British medical students as well as medical schools in Germany & Denmark. Nearer to home students from Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong & Japan are coming in increasing numbers in addition to medical schools in Malaysia, both public & private.

The hospital has fairly old fashioned wards, although has equipment of a similar standard to many western hospitals.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language Malay
Funding Status Public


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