Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology



The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of University of Malaya is a clinical department of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and was formed in 1964. Since its inception the department has been actively involved in providing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as providing excellent health care services in the field of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Over the years this department had become a major tertiary referral centre for the various Obstetrics & Gynaecological problem in Malaysia.

The department was formed in 1964 - one year after the founding of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Malaya. The foundation chair was held by Professor Donald P.C Chan who held the post till 23rd May 1971.

Ever since its formation, the department has been involved in teaching undergraduate medical course leading to the degree in Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Since 1988 the postgraduate Masters in Obstetrics & Gynaecology was introduced and many young medical specialists in Obstetrics & Gynaecology had graduated and now serving the public and ensuring safer motherhood throughout Malaysia. The department also helps in providing lectures and supervision to basic and post basic nursing students.

INTRODUCTION TO THE OBSTETRIC UNIT

A) CLINICS AND WARDS

i) Antenatal Clinic

The antenatal clinic caters for all pregnant women in the Klang Valley. In particular we booked in high risks pregnant cases referred by the general practitioner or other centres in the surrounding areas. These include all primigravida, grandmultipara and patients who have had complications or operative deliveries during previous pregnancies or have medical complications during the present pregnancy. These mothers are advised to book as early as possible. At the booking visit, details of the present and past obstetric, medical, surgical, family, social and marital history, menstrual pattern and contraception are noted.

Blood investigations carried out at the booking visit include a full blood count, blood grouping and Rhesus typing, RPR test and Hepatitis B Serology. Screening for HIV is also carried out for those who have consented after counselling. Urine is routinely tested for albumin and sugar.

A complete and systematic physical examination is carried out including height and weight. The blood pressure, weight and the presence of oedema or pallor are noted. Particular attention is paid to the thyroid gland, breasts, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. An abdominal palpation is carried out to assess the fundal height and to check the presentation, lie and engagement of the presenting part. The presence of foetal heart is assessed with a Pinard stethoscope or a Daptone. Ultrasound examinations are done at booking and when indicated.

In the absence of any complications, the patient is followed up every four weeks until the 28th week, fortnightly until the 36th week and then weekly until delivery. At each follow-up visit, the urine is tested for albumin and sugar. An abdominal palpation is carried out mentioned above.

Haemoglobin count is routinely checked at booking and at 32 weeks gestation. All patients are given prophylactic iron, folic acid and general advice regarding hygiene, nutrition, exercise, breast care and breastfeeding. If complications arise, they are admitted to the antenatal wards.

ii) Labour Ward

On admission, a history is taken. If the patient is in labour, an enema is given. The patient is then sent into the delivery room. During the pelvic examination, an artificial rupture of membranes is carried out if there is an indication. The partogram is used to monitor all patients in labour.

Vision

The Vision of Department, in view of the above, is to become an institution of excellence which will provide leadership in the activities for the education, training, research, development, spread and the provision of service in the domain of obstetrics and gynaecology and in all the subspecialties associated with it.

Mission

The Department views its mission at the undergraduate level as being charged with the responsibility, via the medical undergraduate instructional program, for the preparation of the potential graduate to take up duties in the running of health services for the community effectively and efficiently in all part of the nation.

The Department views its mission at the post-graduate level as being charged with the responsibility, via its post-graduate training programs, to produce a doctor who may be considered as a professional and a specialist in the general domain of obstetrics and gynaecology as well as in a particular chosen sub-specialty within it. The Department also considers it its mission to share the knowledge and skills gained in its various activities with others who are interested. This is envisaged to be achieved in various ways including the conduct of short courses from time to time.

Generally, the main function of the department is to conduct undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, research and clinical services in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Contact Information

Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology,
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,
MALAYSIA

Tel : +603-7949 2059
Fax : +603-7955 1741

Email: szawiah@um.edu.my

The Department of O&G provides consultation, diagnosis, treatment, counselling, prevention and rehabilitation to patients that include the following program and services:

  • General Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    • Outpatient Services (Antenatal, Postnatal and Gynaecology Clinic)
    • Inpatient services as detailed separately.
    • Delivery services
    • Day Care Services
  • Subspecialties
    • Gynaecology Oncology
    • Foeto-Maternal Medicine
    • Reproductive Endocrinology & Subfertility
    • Urogynaecology

Outpatient Services

  • Provision of diagnostic, curative and specialist care for patients requiring Antenatal, Postnatal and Gynaecological management and follow-up care.
  • The outpatient clinics operate during office hours according to schedule.

Inpatient Services

The Department of O&G has the following inpatient services that include Antenatal, Postnatal, Gynaecology wards and Delivery Suite.

  • Antenatal & Postnatal
    1. Provision of facilities for the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, nursing care and rehabilitation of all antenatal and postnatal mothers and newborn babies.
    2. Provision of services for breast feeding initiative.
  • Gynaecology care and surgery
    1. Provision of facilities for the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, nursing care and rehabilitation of Gynaecology and Gynaecology Oncology patients aged 13 and above.
  • Delivery Services
    1. Provision of delivery facilities for mothers in labour/maternal emergencies.
    2. Management of newborn babies.
    3. Provision of emergency delivery service through ambulance call.   

Day Care Services

Provide Day Care facilities for the delivery of chemotherapy, review and performance of minor procedures and other procedures without the patients being admitted to the wards. Examples are patients for blood transfusion, wound dressing, and radiological examination such as CT scan, ultrasound, etc.

Subspecialties

Gynaecology Oncology

Provide care and treatment to patients with gynecological cancer.

Feto-Maternal Medicine

Provides service for various procedures such as:

  • Obstetrical and Gynaecology Ultrasound
  • Invasive Prenatal Procedures such as Amniocentesis, CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling) and Cordocentesis

Reproductive Endocrinology & Subfertility

Provide the latest technology in the examinations and management of infertility such as sperm analysis and artificial reproductive technique.

Urogynaecology

Management of the patients with urogynaecology problems



ADDRESS

  • Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya,
    Lembah Pantai ,
    59100 Kuala Lumpur

EMAIL

  • Email: ummc@ummc.edu.my

TEL

  • Phone No : 03-79494422
  • Fax: 03-79492030

WEBSITE

  • Website: www.ummc.edu.my