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St John Ambulance of Malaysia, Grove Road, PenangSt John Ambulance of Malaysia, Grove Road, Penang (31 May, 2012)

St John Ambulance of Malaysia, Penang branch, is located at Wisma St John Ambulans on Grove Road, Penang, next to the Malaysian Red Crescent Penang Branch. St John Ambulance of Malaysia is one of the many organisations affiliated to the St John Ambulance Association of England and the Islands which traces its origin to the Knights of Malta living in France in the 1820.

The present St John Ambulance of Malaysia is a self-funding not-for-profit organisation with some 6,000 volunteers in Penang, representing 10% of its volunteer force nationwide. It carries out various charitable activities and community services such as providing emergency as well as non-emergency ambulance services, setting up haemodialysis centres and nursing homes for the underprivileged.

The St John Ambulance Brigade, Penang, traces its history to the formation of the first Ambulance Cadet Division in 1938. With the onset of the Second World War, volunteers from the St John Ambulance Brigade were drafted into the Medical Auxiliary Services. It was the only voluntary organization in the country offering first aid medical attention during the duration of the war.

After the Second War World, the St John Ambulance Brigade occupied space at the then Chung Hwa Confucian School on Maxwell Road. Under the stewartship of A. Raja Gopal, the organisation relocated to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Macalister Road, the present site of Museum at Macalister. It remained there until 1978, when its headquarters at Grove Road was completed. The foundation stone was laid by then Chief Minister of Penang, the late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, in 1976.

The St John Ambulance headquarters building has undergone several phases of expansion. The present four-storey complex, called Wisma St John Ambulans, was completed in 2005 and was officiated by the present Governor of Penang, Tun Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas, on 3 July of the same year.


St John Ambulance of Malaysia
24A Grove Road
11400 Air Itam, Penang
Phone: +60 4 828 5972

Getting there

The nearest bus stops are at on either sides of Jalan Air Itam, at Kampung Baru and in front of Shang Wu Primary School. The bus stop is served by Rapid Penang bus 201, 202, 203, 204, 306 and 502. The distance from the bus stops is about 10-15 minutes on foot.

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