Some of you may know that I gave birth to baby James in Columbia Asia Nusajaya hospital. We decided to switch from Raffles Hospital SG to Columbia Asia when I was about 7 months pregnant, mainly due to the hospital's proximity and flexibility of going home post delivery (Myself and baby would be stuck in Singapore for weeks if we're to deliver in SG as we'd need to wait for James' passport to be completed).
Columbia Asia Nusajaya is quite a new hospital located near Bukit Indah (10 mins drive from East Ledang).
Columbia Asia Sdn Bhd is 30% owned by the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and 70% by a US-based fund, the International Columbia USA LLC (ICU), which comprise over 150 individual and institutional investors. The hospital provides quite an extensive range of health services as you can see here.
- Obstetrician and Gynecologist
The Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Columbia Asia that I see is Dr Teh Jin Teik. He's the most popular Obstetrician in the hospital and is always busy. For Saturday's appointment, we would usually arrive ta 7.45 am (or before) to queue for registration and return to hospital at around 10.30 - 11 am for our consultation. There's no appointment system in the hospital, you have to register and queue.
Dr Teh has been very wonderful, friendly & soft spoken and very patient. He did my C-section surgery successfully and even removed an inflamed appendix in the process. If I have any emergency questions, I could sms and he would reply :) He also answered our questions on our baby even though he's not a pediatrician.
The pediatrician in Columbia is Dr Razlina Johari. We've been to 1 consultation with her (1 week post birth) and I am far from being impressed, in fact I wouldn't recommend engaging her unless if you absolutely have no other choice. We found that she has poor bedside manner and was not forthcoming to provide details about the health concern she raised for James.
- Hospital facilities
Operating room was very new and follow standard health and hygiene regulation. I remember one of the assistant surgeon was extremely helpful and friendly. I was petrified going into the surgery room and she helped to calm my nerves. THANK YOU!
The delivery wards are also very new and clean. There was only 1 other lady who gave birth in the same period as I did so the wards were mostly empty and we had more than enough nurses to cater to the two of us. The nurses were very nice. I really liked the Chinese older nursery nurse who gave me a lot of tips about breastfeeding & postnatal care as well as an Indian younger nursery nurse who was always bubbly and cheerful.
I stayed in the hospital for 2 nights post my C-Section. The total delivery hospitalization and medication charges were ~ RM 11K (including appendix removal). Overall, I am happy with my delivery experience in Columbia Asia. The only regret/downside is that Ian was not allowed into the surgery room, I would have much preferred to have him by my side during the labour process.
P/S: We have a friend who cut himself and severed some nerves on his thumb. He was hospitalised and engaged Dr Yoga Raj to do micro surgery to fix the cuts. Surgery went well and our friend's since recovered. Our friend is happy with Dr Yoga Raj' professionalism and expertise.
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All the best for all pregnant ladies out there!