Early Stage of Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The original Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu was built in Jesselton in the year 1957, just after the Second World War at Mile 1, Jalan Tuaran near the building of Radio Malaysia Sabah (RTM). The original hospital was built from wooden boards with roofs.
Front view of Jesselton Hospital
At that time the hospital consists of only one building block, the block nowadays was known as the old hospital building.
The new Hospital was built on the hill at Mile 1 ½, Jalan Penampang, Kota Kinabalu. At the beginning, the hospital consists of 208 beds. At the same time Tuberculosis Hospital was built on the nearby hill, consists of 135 beds. Since opening in 1957, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital(QEH) has undergone rapid developments. The changes make the hospital getting larger and more complex with the addition of several new buildings and renovation of its buildings from time to time.
Old Building Blocks in 1970
In 1967, a new block was built to accommodate the Outpatient Department and the Central Laboratory. The existing Outpatient Department has developed into a Physiotherapy Unit. In 1980, the Maternity and Nursery Block was constructed. Then, in May 1981 the First Class Maternity Unit was turn into Children's Ward. Administrative Office was relocated to the first floor in the old building and the vacated area was taken over by the Laboratory. At the same time the Emergency Unit is located in the Outpatient Department was developed in a cost of RM75, 000.
Queen Elizabeth's visit in 1971
The biggest development is the construction of the Tower block at the cost of RM 20 million in 1981. Opening of Tower Block in December 1981 have changed the entire hospital that was once just an ordinary small building to a high-rise building and equipped with various other facilities better than before.
QEH in the 1980’s
The Tower Block consists of CSSD, Inpatient Pharmacy, Radiology Department, Department of Ophthalmology, some surgical wards, First Class Ward and VIP ward. At the present, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is the largest hospital in the state of Sabah. It is the reference point for all district hospitals and consists of 589 beds. QEH also provides a number of key areas of medical care, including Burn Unit and Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit. However Queen Elizabeth Hospital development is still ongoing. A master plan that began in 1995 will be implemented in two phases. Included in the plan is the construction of two new tower blocks that consists of new Accident and Emergency Unit, Laboratory Centre, some wards and extension to the existing Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with the addition of a Coronary Care Unit. These developments will lead hospitals confidently into the 21st century and will play an important role for the development of a healthy and progressive society.
Patient Visiting Hours in Hospital Queen Elizabeth:
Monday - Friday:
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat/Sun & Public Holiday:
12:30 pm - 7:30 pm