University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) or
Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM) (formerly
known as University Hospital or Hospital
Universiti) is the first university hospital in Malaysia.
The University Malaya Medical Centre
(UMMC) main building
The hospital is a teaching and public hospital which comes under
the Ministry of Higher Education. Other university hospitals in Malaysia are Hospital
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Cheras, Kuala Lumpur) and Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (Kubang Kerian, Kelantan).
The main objectives of UMMC are to provide health services,
learning and research in the fields of medicine. UMMC is the place
to get modern medical facilities for the Klang Valley
area and was the first learning
centre that provided medical and paramedic staffs in the health
UMMC also have a private wing which is the UMSC - University Malaya Specialist
1950s, the Faculty of Medicine, National
University of Singapore, which was known previously as King Edward VII
College of Medicine had been the only medical school in Malaya and Singapore.
The output of doctors at that time was small: 60 per year. Many
Malaysians had to go overseas to seek undergraduate medical
education. It was not until 1960 that a determined effort was made
to double the intake of students to 120 per year in
In 1960, a
board of studies of the University of Malaya was appointed to study the feasibility of
establishing a medical school with its own teaching
The board recommended the early establishment of
both. To this end, the Government
agreed and the Ministries of Education and of
Health provided the necessary capital funds.
In 1962, Tan Sri
Professor T.J. Danaraj was appointed
the Foundation Dean for the Faculty of Medicine, University of
Malaya in Kuala
The first batch of medical students was
admitted to the Faculty in 1964. A year earlier, these students, 40
of them, were placed in the Faculty of Science as pre-medical
students. Construction of the faculty building began in July 1963,
was completed in 10 months, so that the pioneer students were able
to begin their course in May 1964. The first batch of doctors from
University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur graduated in 1969.
The building programme continued and the second phase was ready in
time for Year II teaching the following May. Throughout this
period, planning, building, ordering and receiving of equipment,
recruitment of staff, organization of the Faculty, and discussions
on the curriculum continued unremittingly.
The first born of University Malaya
On 2 August 1965, The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, the late
Tun Haji Abdul Razak Bin Hussein
officiated the opening ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine,
University Malaya and also laid the foundation stone for the then
University Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Phase I of the University Malaya Medical Centre consisting of the
main block together with podium or “technical box” (operating
theatres, radio-diagnostic, accident and emergency, polyclinic,
pharmacy, central sterile supply, cafeteria, administration and
medical records) was completed in December 1966, and the first
wards were opened as on March 1967.
Phase II of the Hospital consisting of Paediatric, Maternity and
Rehabilitation Units was completed in December 1967, and became
functional in March 1968. The total construction period for the
Medical Centre consisting of the Faculty departments, Hospital (740
beds), Hostel for Clinical Students, Nurses Quarters with Nursing
School and Central Animal House was three and a half years.
On 5 August 1968, the opening ceremony of the University Hospital
was officially graced by His Majesty Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri
Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan
Agong Tuanku Ismail
Nasiruddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin
Hospital spread rapidly with preparation of some facilities and
infrastructure such as 2 pediatric wards and 2 surgery orthopedic
wards in 1975, Perubatan Rawatan Utama building in 1992, Clinical
Diagnostic Lab and Clinical Services Complex on 1997 and Trauma
& Emergency building in 2003.
Over the past three decades, the medical centre has expanded
tremendously, and today it has 900 beds (the number will be
increased to 1200 beds after renovation).