Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum is the latest attraction to Sibu town. Located at original site of the Lau King Howe hospital at Sibu Town Square Phase 2.
Admission is free. Closed on Monday and public holiday. There are clear notices inside and outside that the area this museum is scrutinized by CCTVs.
The museum houses records of the life of the late Lau King Howe, pictures and materials depicting the development and tools used in this hospital as well as other hospitals in Sarawak
The Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum is the first of its kind in Sibu and the only one of such magnitude in Malaysia
This is the original layout of the original Lau King Howe Hospital. However, almost all the structures had been demolished to give way to the construction of the town square. Only one small fraction remain and is converted to this museum.
The famous surgeon of the hospital as well as Sibu, Dr. Wong Soon Kai who turn into politician at some stage of his illustrious career.
There is also a section depicting a dark room, where X-ray films were developed
I am glad Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing receive some recognition here.
Some history on the nursing school in Sibu, evolution of nurse uniforms and etc. Interesting arrays of badges, belt buckles and epaulette to indicate the rank of the nurses and their personal achievement.
Before the introduction of trolley, this basket was widely used (known as rattan basket system) to move the critical tools and equipment
Equipment used in the labs are also on display here. I think most of these testing equipment were obsolete now and been phased out in our modern hospital.
There is a small section which highlight the pharmaceutical department in a hospital. Tools, reference books and equipment used by the pharmacist are displayed here.
Those who live in Sibu long enough should be familiar with KK tablet, which is actually Paracetamol. I remember I used to take this pill when I was a kid. The history of the tablet and how it is manufactured is well illustrated here.
Been told, these are the cradles used back then to put the new born babies and method used to weight the babies.
Tools used to bath and clean the babies born in the hospital. Notice the metal container used for this purpose
The lighting system used back then to serve the rural area. Portable battery was used to light electric lighting.
Another antic refrigerator on display which can be powered up by 3 methods, AC (wall socket), DC (battery) and gas. This refrigerator was used in the 1960s to preserve vaccines in clinics for a longer period. With its versatility, it is therefore portable and suitable to be used in rural area.
The contribution of Lau Ling Howe to the Sibu community will always be remembered and immortalized here at this museum
Some suggestions to improve this museum
- Established an interactive section (such as video room and etc) for visitors to view
- Lack of modern medical equipment on display, almost all equipment on display are antics.
- Include booklet or leaflets for visitor to gain more information on the museum and its history