Matilda International Hospital
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Matilda International Hospital (Chinese: 明德國際醫院) is a hospital in Hong Kong located at 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, Hong Kong Island. The hospital was built as a result of the last will and testament of Granville Sharp, the husband of Matilda Lincolne Sharp. Granville Sharp was a highly successful banker descended from the well-known Sharp family of Romsey, Hampshire, United Kingdom, a well-known member of which was 'Conversation' Sharp. Matilda Lincolne is thought by some to have been related to the US President's family.
Originally from the UK, Granville Sharp and his wife Matilda travelled a long way, encountering many adventures (including shipwreck) along their way, before arriving in Hong Kong. Matilda died in 1893, and Granville bequeathed a hospital to be constructed in his wife's memory upon his own death.
The hospital admitted its first patients in 1907, at that time providing free care to expatriates. Non-British were barred from The Peak by legislation, and could not benefit from being treated in the hospital. The original building, which is still in use today, is outstandingly beautiful, as is the hospital's location in The Peak, Hong Kong Island.
In the past it was known as the Matilda Memorial & War Hospital, but nowadays, it has been renamed Matilda International Hospital (MIH), and is a not-for-profit hospital serving all the people of Hong Kong and the wider region. It provides four core services: maternity, orthopaedic, surgical, health assessment and outpatient services.
The Matilda Medical Centre (MMC) was opened in the Central area of Hong Kong to mark the hospital's centenary celebration in 2007, and extended its quality services to Kowloon in Tsim Sha Tsui serving a wider public and corporate clients.
In Feb 2010 the state-of-the-art[peacock term] new OT5 was opened to provide fully integrated system and facilities for mainly orthopaedic & spine surgeries followed by another advanced theatre in 2011.
Matilda International Hospital used to be surveyed and accredited bi-annually by the Trent Accreditation Scheme of the United Kingdom. In 2010 MIH adopted the standards of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), becoming fully ACHS accredited in December 2010. The hospital has also obtained the ISO 9001:2008 certification, a non-clinically orientated quality management system.
As with most private hospitals in Hong Kong, specialists are not employed directly by the hospital. Doctors wishing to use the hospital facilities apply for privileges and go through a credentialling process.
Health and safety are top priorities for the hospital. Strict safety measures are taken but medical risk does exist.
A claim on behalf of a child who suffered brain damage at delivery in 1998 was settled.
In 2011, the hospital defended its role in the treatment of a patient who had complication during a procedure. The court agreed and the defendant was asked to settle the outstanding hospital charges.
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- Royal Naval Hospital (Hong Kong)
- First houses on the Peak
- "List of the 1,444 Historic Buildings in Building Assessment" (PDF). Antiquities Advisory Board. Hong Kong. 27 December 2013.
- Knapman, David:Conversation Sharp 1759–1835, the Biography of a London Gentleman in Letters, Prose and Verse. Private Pub.2003.British Library.
- Smith Joyce: Matilda – A Hong Kong Legacy. Pub. by the Matilda and war Memorial Hospital, 1988. p3
- Michael Ingham. Hong Kong: A Cultural History. p131. Oxford University Press (2007)
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