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 Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang    

1, Jalan Pangkor, 10050 Penang, Malaysia

Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang is an acute care general hospital established in 1973 as the first private hospital in the island of Penang, commonly known as the Pearl of the Orient. It has a wide range of specialist services and facilities to offer to the medical tourism industry.

Owned by Parkway Holdings Limited of Singapore, Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang is located in the heart of Georgetown and is easily accessible. Redevelopment of the hospital which started in October 1996 completed in December 2000. This has given the hospital a cutting edge in the delivery of care to the medical travel patients.

Working as a team with the Mission "A Leading International Healthcare Provider With A Passion For People And Progress", our staff are privileged to serve your health tourism needs. Furthermore, all of the hospital's services are delivered with your comfort, needs and recovery in mind.


Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang being the first private hospital in Penang & the Northern Region to be accorded with 3 Years Full Accreditation by The Malaysian Society for Quality In Health (MSQH) for the period from 28th Oct 2002 - 27th Oct 2005.

This has marked an important milestone for Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang. We are now acknowledged to have the followings:

  • Good Organization and Management
  • Good Human Resource Development And Management
  • Good Policies and Procedures
  • Good Facilities and Equipments
  • Good Quality Improvement Activities


Twenty-five years ago, a group of prominent businessmen in the State of Penang conceived the idea of establishing the island's first private hospital.

The businessmen - Tan Sri Dato' Loh Boon Siew, Dato' Tan Kim Yeow, Choong Eng Kim, Dato' Yeap Hock Hoe, Tuan Hajee Mayen Abubacker and Dr R.N. Pannikar had at some time or other, been under the care of several senior consultants at the Penang General Hospital.

These consultants had built up many years of reputable service of the hospital, and were among the State's most notable medical consultants. Thus, when it was learned that these senior consultants were due for transfer out of Penang, the businessmen became concerned that the people of Penang would lose the services of these consultants.

The businessmen took it upon themselves to invite the four pioneer consultants - Dato' Dr. A Tharmaratnam, Dato' Dr. V Thuraisingham, Dato' Dr. P C Vanniasingham and Dr. Goh Kay Wah - to start up a private medical centre.

The idea was challenging, but met with some hesitation from the four. Private medical centres, as we know them today, were non-existent then. Furthermore, the depressed economic climate at the time cast some doubts about the future of the proposed private hospital. The people of Penang, they felt, would not pay for private medicine.

The consultants were also concerned about "burning their bridges" if they left the Government service, especially after having served for 70 years collectively.

"It was with a certain amount of trepidation and reservation that we finally consented, after we had been guaranteed a minimum amount of remuneration to start with", recalls Dato' Dr. Tharmaratnam.

Shortly after, a private limited company was formed under the name of Cantonment Medical Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd and incorporated on February 12, 1971. (The company later changed its name to Pulau Pinang Clinic Sdn Bhd on June 7, 1971). Its medical centre was to have been housed in a rented bungalow, sited at the junction of Jalan Cantonment and Jalan Bell.

While plans were being made to renovate it, the building was razed by fire, resulting in the cancellation of its lease. In hindsight, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The company acquired a 2 1/2 acre piece of land at Jalan Pangkor to site its new medical centre.

Construction of the new medical centre commenced in May 1972, and was completed in March 1973. In the meantime, staff recruitment began. Matron Tan Swee Kee was hand-picked by the doctors, and started work on March 1, 1973 to organize the hospital and train its first batch of nursing aides.

The Penang Medical Centre officially opened for business on July 1, 1973. This was a three-story building with 70 beds, providing medical services in general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesia and radiology. Supporting facilities included a laboratory and two operating theaters.

"The prophets of doom were proved wrong from the first day that the PMC (Penang Medical Centre) opened for business. Many of the patients from the general hospital, and even staff, moved from GH to PMC," says Dato' Dr Thuraisingham.

"Within the first month, the doctors' earnings had exceeded the guaranteed minimum amount of remuneration. Half of our profits went back to the hospital, towards purchasing new equipment and keeping bed costs down."

With such encouraging response from the public, the Board Of Directors soon realized that it had been too conservative by building three floors for the PMC building, although the original piling work allowed for six floors.

As a result, in 1975 it was decided that three floors be added to the building thus creating a total of 132 beds.

The expansion was subsequently completed in 1977 and the scope of specialist services provided by the hospital was also expanded to include radiology, paediatrics, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology (ENT), orthopedics and neurosurgery.

In 1989, the majority control of the company was taken over by Gleneagles International (S) Pte Ltd - a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parkway Holdings Limited, a public company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange


Divisions of Surgery


  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adults & Children)
  • Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery (Otorhinolaryngology)
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecological Oncology
  • Hand & Microsurgery
  • Minimum Invasive Surgery (laparoscopic/ endoscopic)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology & Vitreo-Retinal Surgery
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthopedics
    • Joint Replacement
    • Spinal Surgery
    • Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Urology

Divisions of Medicine

  • Cardiology
  • Child Developmental Psychology
  • Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Hepatology
  • Infertility Management
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Respiratory Medicine


  • 24-Hour Accident & Emergency Department Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • Cardiac Diagnostic Centre (non-invasive & invasive)
  • Clinical Research Centre
  • Delivery Suites & Nursery
  • ESWL / Stone Treatment Centre
  • Executive Health Screening Centre
  • Fertility Centre
  • Haemodialysis Centre
  • Hematology, Oncology & Transplant Centre
  • Intensive Care Unit / Coronary Care Unit
  • Neurophysiology Laboratory
  • Night Pediatric Clinics
  • Operating Theaters
  • Pharmacy
  • Scope Centre
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Flexible Cystoscopy
    • Gastrointestinal Endoscopies (both diagnostic & therapeutic)

Ancillary Services

  • Apheresis
  • Diagnostic services
    • Audiology
    • Pulmonology
    • Urology
  • Dietetic Counseling
  • Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Imaging
    • 64-Slice Computed Tomographic Scan (C.T. Scan)
    • Bone Mineral Densitometry
    • General X-ray
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    • Mammography
    • Ultrasonography
  • Laboratory (including blood bank services)
  • Physiotherapy


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