Mar 06 2013
Langkawi has most of your health needs covered with, hospitals and clinics available. Here are some words of advice to keep in mind ahead of a trip there — just in case something goes wrong.
Langkawi has very good facilities and services available for all but the most critical of medical conditions. Langkawi Hospital (website is in Malaysian only) accepts all walk-in patients seeking medical attention, from simple ailments to emergencies. For a flat fee of 50 ringgit for your basic examination, the cost of prescriptions is also covered as well as X-rays if they are deemed necessary. Emergency room wait times are long, however, so consider your ailment before wasting your time or theirs. You won’t become a priority because you have a flight to catch; it’s first come, first served and triaged per medical need.
If you’re suffering from a cold or flu or even a minor laceration or twisted ankle, the better option is one of several small private clinics on the island that are a usually open daily, often except Fridays and public holidays. The standard fee of 50 ringgit still holds true, but any additional services or supplies such as prescriptions are extra.
In Padang Mat Sirat, Klinic Govin is a convenient option and walking distance from the international airport, directly across from Airport Corner restaurant at the roundabout. Dr Govin offers personal consultation and has a fully stocked pharmacy in house. Clinic staff are professional yet personable, which can be quite comforting when you find yourself freaking out over some mysterious rash. In Kuah town, Klinik Perdana has up to three doctors on site or on call at any given time. It’s located near the Pier restaurant just off the main highway into Kuah.
If you’re really pressed for time or one of those people who can find any excuse not to go to a doctor, a local pharmacist may be willing to advise you. Joe Pakiaraj of Joe’s Pharmacy in Kuah, has the first and oldest pharmacy on the island, as well as a wealth of knowledge on remedies from basic ailments to those mysterious rashes. He’s usually more than willing to chat with anyone, despite his hectic schedule — in fact he’ll even look at photos of your injury via cell phone, if you happen to find yourself offshore. Though his pharmacy stock is priced a bit higher than other pharmacies, he also has the most requested products and ensures he doesn’t run out.
In case of a severe accident dial 999 (the local emergency number). Be aware however that the 999 dispatch is actually on the mainland, so relaying information back to Langkawi could take time that you might not have to spare. For immediate emergency medical service dial the hospital direct — or dial both 999 and the hospital just to cover all the bases.
Finally, if you find yourself in Langkawi with a tooth ailment then local dentist Dr Chew (yes that’s her real name) is well versed on the latest technology in dentistry and can provide service for everything except surgical procedures such as root canals. Normally appointment based, her office will alter their scheduling for emergencies.
Langkawi emergency number: 999
Langkawi Hospital for ambulance assist: (04) 966 1804/(04) 966 3333
Dr Govin (Mat Sirat): (04) 955 9499
Joe’s Pharmacy (Kuah): (04) 966 0180
Kinik Pergigian Chew: (04) 966 0661
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