Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) is the largest hospital under the Ministry of Health Malaysia and is also one of the largest in Asia. It is a government tertiary referral hospital, located on 150 acres of prime land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. HKL strives to be an institution of excellence in health care education and research, driven by a dedicated team providing professional client-centered service. The hospital provides secondary and tertiary care to the community. It is also a training centre for house officers, paramedics, radiographers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health care workers as well as postgraduate trainees and subspecialty trainees.


Provide quality healthcare that:

  • Is responsive to public, clients and employees needs;
  • Is delivered by a team of skilled, innovative, committed and compassionate personnel;
  • Involves partnership with individuals and the community for promotion of health;
  • Will undertake education and continuous professional development for all levels of staff; and
  • Conduct clinical research


  • To provide quality patient oriented service based on humanistic values emphasing customer satisfaction and encompassing promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative aspects;
  • To provide health education service to its clientele and provide post basic and continuing medical education to its staff to promote professionalism;
  • To instil excellent work culture and to create a conducive environment to deliver quality services;
  • To make HKL a centre of excellence and national referral centre,
  • To establish HKL as a clinical research centre.



Hospital Kuala Lumpur was selected to be included in the initial wave of Prime Sites, a collaboration between the Government of Malaysia (represented by the Ministry of Health) and Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) with Quintiles.

Prime site is defined as a site targeted for intensified infrastructure and human resources development for improved participation of investigators in conducting clinical trials. The vision is to establish Prime Sites locally for clinical research, conducting benchmark trials with global impact.

The Prime Sites will develop long term strategic relationship with Quintiles to increase the number of industry sponsored research, improve start-up time and to meet or exceed patient recruitment targets.

There are currently 11 Prime Sites in Malaysia and this include:

  • Hospital Umum Sarawak
  • Hospital Sibu
  • Hospital Queen Elizabeth II
  • Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun
  • Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah
  • Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II
  • Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah
  • Hospital Selayang
  • Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Hospital Pulau Pinang
  • Hospital Seberang Jaya




It was developed as a district hospital comprising of 3 wards i.e., the Tai Wah Ward, the Choudhry Ward and the Malay Ward.

Upgraded to 25 wards

Development of HKL from Phase I to Phase IV. The development of the various phases were as follows:

  • Phase I (1962 – 1968) Maternity Hospital, North Ward Block, Radiotherapy Department and Hostels for staff were built.
  • Phase II (1968 – 1972) South Ward Block, Neurology Institute, Surgical Block, Radiology Block, National Blood Transfusion Centre and more hostels were added.
  • Phase III (1972 – 1973) Specialist clinics, Outpatient Department and Doctor’s hostel were constructed. Phase IV-A (1973 – 1974) Trainee Nurses hostel and Clubhouse added.
  • Phase IV-B (1975): Orthopaedic Institute, Urology Institute, Artificial Limb Centre and Radiology Block built.

HKL started functioning as a teaching hospital for UKM medical students.

1989 – 1992
Paediatric Institute was constructed.

1994 – 1997 (Phase II)
Upgrading of the Institute of Radiotherapy, Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.

Specialist Complex & Ambulatory Care Centre (SCACC) was constructed.

Multi-storey Car Park opened to the public on 15 February 2015.

Current ongoing construction of Maternal & Child Hospital.





CRC HKL aims to capture investigator initiated research (IIR) conducted within HKL to observe the departmental performance. In 2015, a total of 217 IIRs were registered with CRC HKL. It has been encouraging to note that IIR spans across the 33 clinical departments in the hospital, with increasing activity among certain departments.

CRC HKL was established in November 2012. It is located at Level 7, Specialist Complex & Ambulatory Care (SCACC) Building, HKL where it actively assists investigators in various clinical research areas including Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) & Industry Sponsored Research (ISR). Since then, it expanded very well by leaps and bounds. The establishment of CRC HKL is essential to the growth of the research spirit among healthcare providers in HKL.

Currently, Dr. Hajjah Salina Abd Aziz spearheads the unit consisting of 8 dedicated medical officers and 5 allied health staffs. The symbiotic relationship with Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) enables both sides to achieve our common goal. As of 2016, 11 CRM study coordinators have been placed in HKL to work hand in hand with CRC HKL and various investigators within the hospital.

CRC HKL aims to make HKL a main clinical research hub in Malaysia. Its’ mission is to improve the quality of health of patients through the application of high quality research studies.

Together, the team at CRC HKL is very committed to promote positive research attitudes and also in creating awareness amongst healthcare providers. The outreach is not only to doctors, but to all health care providers. Excellent programs have been implemented and are currently running to deliver that message to everyone especially to HKL staff. We hope to place Hospital Kuala Lumpur on the world map as a renowned hub of clinical research.



HRRC was established in May 2014. It began as one of the implementation of a new framework for research approval in Ministry of Health (MOH) through a pilot study that involved 3 other public hospitals. Recruitment of the HRRC members was done from various departments in HKL; consisting of Consultants, Specialists, Surgeons and Allied Health Officers. It started off with only 15 members and has since expanded to 38 members. The meeting is held every week and reviews an average of 4 proposals each week.


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