In an effort to improve and develop the niche treatment and research of cancer patients in public hospitals, the Ministry of Health, Malaysia has mulled a leading medical facility for cancer management, as one of its 14 institutes and agencies. The construction of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been proposed located next to the Putrajaya Hospital in Precinct 7, Putrajaya.
To be equipped with 252 beds and three operating theatres, the spatial arrangement and facilities of the building will be grouped in nine zones, which are the outpatient services, inpatient services, diagnostic and treatment services, medical support services, non-medical support services, training and education facilities, administrative services, staff facilities and public amenities.
NCI will also serve as a national referral centre for oncology that shall coordinate the network of planned regional radiotherapy and oncology centres throughout the country. Sited on 5.3 hectares of land, close to major institutional quarters and transportation terminal of Putrajaya, the proposed NCI is composed of two main blocks, attached with an enclosed void area covered by a high ceiling atrium. Four entrances are proposed, with separate detached block area for ancillary spaces for future development.
In terms of the architectural design and concept, the NCI will be visualised as a modern hospital facility with the resort architectural look and feel. This is achievable through the enhanced elements of nature, such as natural light and green landscaping, fused with the vigorous interplay of colour coatings and diverse texture finishes across the hospital building.