Kwong Wah Hospital

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Kwong Wah Hospital
Hospital Authority and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
HK KwongWahHospital2.JPG
Kwong Wah Hospital is located in Hong Kong
Kwong Wah Hospital
Geography
Location 25 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°18′54″N 114°10′20″E / 22.3150°N 114.1722°E / 22.3150; 114.1722Coordinates: 22°18′54″N 114°10′20″E / 22.3150°N 114.1722°E / 22.3150; 114.1722
Organisation
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type General
Network Kowloon West Cluster
Services
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Helipad No
Beds 1,100
History
Founded October 9, 1911 (1911-10-09)
Links
Website www.ha.org.hk/kwh/
Lists Hospitals in Hong Kong

Kwong Wah Hospital (Chinese: 廣華醫院) is a 1,141-bed public, teaching hospital in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, China. Located on 25 Waterloo Road, the hospital was founded by the Tung Wah Group in 1911, and managed by the Hospital Authority since 1991. It provides a full range of medical services to the population of West Kowloon and Wong Tai Sin. It is Kowloon West Cluster's major acute teaching hospital, and also a Neurosurgical and Antenatal Diagnosis referral centre. The Hospital has established various clinical centers, including Lai Kwok Wing Urology Centre, Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Centre and Chan Feng Men Ling Cardiac Centre, to provide quality healthcare services which meet the needs of the society. There are integrated Breast Centre and Dr Stephen Chow Chun-kay Assisted Reproduction Centre to serve patients with needs. It has established a Community Based Geriatric Service, Respiratory Care Unit, Acute Stroke Unit, TWGHs BOCHK Diabetes Centre, Wong Wha San Renal Memorial Centre, and a Nuclear Medicine site equipped with the most advanced technology. Kwong Wah Hospital is also a pioneer in Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine. TWGHs (Tung Wah Group of Hospitals) has established TWGHs Wilson T S Wang Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Treatment Centre in Kwong Wah. The hospital has participated through joint consultation for designated diseases under protocols which developed by both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine practitioners.

The former Main Hall Building of Kwong Wah Hospital is preserved and houses the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum.

History[edit]

In the early days, the hospital offered medical service free of charge to those who could not afford it, with funding provided by local merchants. That tradition continues today.

The hospital played a major role in the SARS epidemic which made its way from Guangdong province to Hong Kong early in 2003. On February 21, Liu Jianlun, a 64-year-old Chinese doctor who had treated cases of SARS in Guangdong arrived in Hong Kong to attend a wedding. He checked into the Metropole Hotel (the ninth floor - room 911).[1] Although he had developed symptoms on February 15, he felt well enough to travel, shop, and sight-see with his brother-in-law. On February 22 he sought urgent care at the Kwong Wah Hospital and was admitted to the intensive care unit. He died on March 4.[2] About 80% of the Hong Kong cases have been traced back to this doctor. On February 25, the 53-year-old brother-in-law of the Guangdong doctor came to the Kwong Wah Hospital. He was not admitted that day but his illness worsened, and he was admitted on March 1. He died on March 19.

Scope of services[edit]

24-Hour Accident and Emergency Service

Specialties
Ambulatory and Allied Health
Community Services
Others

Notable people[edit]

Ma Ying-jeou, the current President of the Republic of China, was born in this hospital in 1950. This information is displayed in the Museum of the Hospital.

Transportation[edit]

Yau Ma Tei Station Exit A2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How SARS changed the world in less than six months". Bulletin of the World Health Organization 81 (8). 2003. 
  2. ^ World Health Organization. Update 95 - SARS: Chronology of a serial killer. Available at http://www.who.int/csr/don/2003_07_04/en/index.html