DEPARTMENT NAME : FORENSIC MEDICINE DEPARTMENT
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT : DR. NORLIZA BINTI IBRAHIM
LOCATION : OPPOSITE BLOOD BANK
FORENSIC MEDICINE DEPARTMENT, SARAWAK GENERAL HOSPITAL.
Forensic Medicine Department of Sarawak General Hospital at the beginning of its establishment in 1969 was known as the morgue; which was originally placed as one unit under the Department of Pathology.
Forensic Medicine Department of Sarawak General Hospital was officially separated from the Department of Pathology on 11th of April 2014. The Department is housed in a new two-storey building, the ground floor which consists of an autopsy suite and clinical examination room. The upper level caters the management office and a laboratory. The department has been equipped with strict security system in order to protect the confidentiality and safety of all Medico Legal cases.
The purpose and goals of the establishment of the Forensic Medicine Department of Sarawak General Hospital is in line with the establishment of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN), which is to improve the quality of Forensic Medicine services in the state of Sarawak as a whole.
- DEPARTMENT OBJECTIVES
The core objective at Forensic Medicine Department, Sarawak General Hospital is to provide Forensic Medicine Services, a specialized field in medicine that utilizes the principles of medicine and medical sciences in assisting legal authorities in the adjudication of justice in accordance with requirements of the Laws of Malaysia and in compliance with the current quality standards.
- SERVICES PROVIDED
The services provided by Forensic Medicine Department, Sarawak General Hospital includes Forensic Pathology, Clinical Forensic Medicine, and Forensic Science Services.
The Forensic Pathology covers the management of deaths inside and outside the hospital, as well as conducting forensic postmortem examinations to provide assistance in medicolegal inquiries of death. In addition, the postmortem reports are managed with a secured and systematic filing system in this department.
The Clinical Forensic Medicine plays an important role inclusive of consultation in management of forensic specimens to ensure its compliance with principles of chain of custody. Apart from that, consultation is also provided for the examination of patients involved in police cases and cases referred from One Stop Crisis Center (OSCC).
The Forensic Science Service provides lab services in management of forensic histopathology samples, forensic entomology samples, as well as forensic anthropology cases.
Last but not least, the team in Forensic Medicine Department, Sarawak General Hospital is actively involved in research and publications.
Forensic Medicine Specialist UD56
Medical Officer UD48
Medical Officer UD44
Forensic Science Officer C44
Forensic Science Officer C41
Senior Assistant Medical Officer U32
Assistant Medical Officer U29
- “Jabatan dengan prestasi terbaik KPI Klinikal Program Perubatan 2017”
- Accreditation Award for Substantial Compliance for Forensic Medicine Services from Malaysian Society for Quality from 13th April 2017 to 22nd June 2018.
- DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES
Even though the target is to conduct one course in relation to Forensic Medicine and Jurisprudence annually, the Forensic Medicine Department of Sarawak General Hospital strived further by conducting 4 courses in 2017, including a National level course.
- Pre-Conference, 1st Malaysia Borneo Medicolegal and Forensic Aspect in Clinical Practice Conference at Forensic Medicine Department, Sarawak General Hospital, 1st April 2017 (National Level)
- 1st Malaysia Borneo Medicolegal and Forensic Aspect in Clinical Practice Conference at Pusat Islam, UNIMAS, 2nd – 4th April 2017. (National Level)
- Forensic Medicine Update 2017 at Forensic Medicine Department, Sarawak General Hospital, 29th – 30th July 2017 (Hospital Level)
- Legal Astuteness in Medical Practice 2017 at Forensic Medicine Department, Sarawak General Hospital, 21st October 2017 (State level)
- FUTURE PLAN
Forensic Medicine Department, Sarawak General Hospital is becoming more mature and independent with all the experiences and exposure obtained in the period of almost three years since establishment. With all the achievements gained so far, it shows that this department has the capability to go further and strive for more excellence in the near future despite of all the problems and challenges faced since its establishment. All of this cannot be achieved if this department is not supported by a line of staffs that are dedicated and responsible in carrying out their duties and not easily give up with all the challenges faced. It is hoped that this department will continue to progress and advance in the future in order to elevate the image of Forensic Medicine in Sarawak and also at the National Level.