A ‘Safe Home’ For Cancer Patients

It is all happening so quickly. As we write, many countries are in lockdown and Malaysians are confined with the Movement Control Order. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the 2019 novel coronavirus, the best way to ward off the virus is to practice social distancing and excellent hygiene. The outbreak affects us all, and yet it also calls upon our better judgment to do our part in being mindful of each other and in protecting the health and safety of all those around us.

Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital is taking every possible precautionary measures to make sure the hospital is safe from the COVID-19 virus.

> Limited access into the Hospital for better control, to only one entry & exit.

This is to ensure that everyone who is granted access into the Hospital has gone through the mandatory body temperature screening and self-declaration.

> Mandatory body temperature screening at the entrance, for everyone who enters the Hospital which includes all staff, patients and visitors.

Anyone who has temperature above 38° Celsius will be escorted to the quarantine room for further observation. Our Infection Control team will access the person and if needed, will refer to Penang General Hospital for screening.

> Everyone who enters the Hospital must fill in a declaration form to disclose their travel history and other exposure which may put them at risk of being infected.

Everyone is obliged to disclose any information which might put themselves and others at risk, such as spouse or family members who are living together who tested positive for the virus, or attended any gathering involving 30 or more people.

This declaration form is applied to patients and visitors that return on a daily basis for treatment as this will be our tracking method should any confirmed case be reported for the day.

Mandatory body temperature screening at the entrance, for everyone who enters which includes all staff, patients and visitors. Everyone must also fill in a declaration form to disclose their travel history and other exposure which may put them at risk of being infected. The Hospital has been limited to only one entry of access for better control.

> Increased frequency of disinfection at common areas such as the elevator and waiting areas.

Our Housekeeping team are frequently and diligently disinfecting & cleaning the elevator and waiting area benches & chairs.

> Increased number of hand sanitizer stations in the Hospital.

Hand sanitizers are being placed at almost every area of the Hospital. Furthermore, notices are placed around to prompt the importance of hand hygiene.

> Practicing and encouraging social distancing in the Hospital.

Lines have been drawn on the floor to ensure social distancing while lining up at the cashier, cafeteria and other areas in the Hospital.

Moreover, notices are placed on the connecting benches in the waiting areas to encourage social distancing.

It is vital for Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital to stand strong as a ‘safe home’ for cancer patients during this period. Cancer patients need treatment and care, which cannot be delayed or postponed.

We have made infection prevention our priority so cancer patients are safe and protected while they are here with us. Cancer patients need us. Our Mission is all the more crucial at times like this as we must not abandon the cancer patients. Let’s leave no one behind and go through this together.” said Ms Joan Lim-Choong, Chief Executive Officer.

The Hospital hopes that all patients and visitors are honest with their travel history and other risks. Dishonesty as such will put other cancer patients and our front-liners at risk.

Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital will continue to undertake these necessary measures for as long as they are required as the safety of our patients and staff are paramount to our Mission. Patients can have the confidence and trust that they will be safe when they come for treatment at Mount Miriam.

We are a safe home for cancer patients.

– Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital is open and our services for cancer patients will continue as usual during this period. This includes supporting needy cancer patients through our Needy Cancer Patient Fund. We understand that in this challenging times, many of us are facing financial concerns and difficulties. This only means our Mission is all the more so crucial, and we vow to provide the love and care to all cancer patients. Let’s leave no one behind and go through this together. Thank you all for your kind donations and support. –