The Kuala Lumpur Hospital or commonly known as HKL (Hospital Kuala Lumpur) has 53 different departments and units. These include the administration & finance department, the pharmaceutical department, training and research, 28 clinical departments and 12 clinical support services.

Hospital Kuala Lumpur is now the largest hospital under the Ministry of Health of Malaysia and is considered to be one of the biggest in Asia. It is a government tertiary referral hospital, located on 150 acres of prime land with 83 wards and 2300 beds.

View of the 5-storey hospital's main block as you approach from the Maternity Hospital. The building on the right foreground is part of the Radiotherapy Outpatient Clinic. HKL has a huge staff of 7 000 workers with almost 100 professions in various fields and disciplines. Out of the total number of staff, there are about 200 consultants and specialists, 500 medical officers and registrars, 32 matrons, 221 sisters (ward managers), 3,101 registered nurses, 253 community nurse, 6 trained assistant nurses and 1 trained mid-wives. The remaining staff are pharmacists, tutors, assistant pharmacists, medical assistants, administrative personnel and hospital attendants.     

1870 : It was developed as a district hospital comprising of 3 wards i.e., the Tai Wah Ward, the Choudhry Ward and the Malay Ward.

1920 : Upgraded to 25 wards (1st. class in Bangsar, 2nd. class and 3rd. class).

1962 : Development of HKL from Phase I to Phase IV. The development of the various phases were as follows:

♦ Phase I (1962 - 1968): Maternity Hospital, North Ward Block, Radiotherapy Department and Hostels for staff were built.

♦ Phase II (1968 - 1972): South Ward Block, Neurology Institute, Surgical Block, Radiology Block, National Blood

                                       Transfusion Centre and more hostels were added.

♦ Phase III (1972 - 1973): Specialist clinics, Outpatient Department and Doctor's hostel were constructed.

♦ Phase IV-A (1973 - 1974): Trainee Nurses hostel and Clubhouse added.

♦ Phase IV-B (1975): Orthopaedic Institute, Urology Institute, Artificial Limb Centre and Radiology Block built.    

The last phase of HKL was completed at the cost of RM 77 million.

1973 : HKL started functioning as a teaching hospital for UKM medical students.

1986 - 1988: Repairs and refurbishment of old building (Wooden Block) were performed.

1989 - 1992: Paediatric Institute was constructed.

1994 - 1997 (Phase II) - Upgrading of the Institute of Radiotherapy, Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.

2013 : Specialist Complex & Ambulatory Care Centre (SCACC) is located along Jalan Pahang and next to Institute of Medical Research (IMR). The building consist of 16 clinical departments, support services such as pharmacy, pathology, radiology, Central Sterile Supply Unit (CSSU) and allied health services. SCACC providing 30 beds for daycare patients, 184 consultations rooms, 7 seminar rooms and CRC room.

2015 : Multi-storey Car Park was initially open to the public on 15 February 2015. This building is located near Maternity Hospital. The building consist of seven (7) level of car park, gymnasium, tennis court, cafeteria and PABX building. The car park was built with light parking system and automated calculation of available space as well as panic button for security system.

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