Caritas Medical Centre

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Caritas Medical Centre
Hospital Authority and Caritas Hong Kong
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Jockey Club Wai Oi Block, Caritas Medical Centre
Caritas Medical Centre is located in Hong Kong
Caritas Medical Centre
Geography
Location Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°20′28″N 114°09′10″E / 22.3411111°N 114.1527778°E / 22.3411111; 114.1527778Coordinates: 22°20′28″N 114°09′10″E / 22.3411111°N 114.1527778°E / 22.3411111; 114.1527778
Organisation
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type General
Network Kowloon West Cluster
Services
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
History
Founded 17 December 1964 (1964-12-17)
Links
Lists Hospitals in Hong Kong

Caritas Medical Centre (Chinese: 明愛醫院) is a hospital in Cheung Sha Wan, New Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is the major hospital in Sham Shui Po District and managed by the Hospital Authority and Caritas Hong Kong.

History[edit]

Caritas Medical Centre was founded by Caritas Hong Kong and opened by the Hong Kong Governor, David Trench, on 17 December 1964.[1]

The centre is now an acute general hospital with around 1,100 beds situated in Shamshuipo. It provides a full range of acute and rehabilitation care, ambulatory and community medical services, including a 24-hour accident and emergency service, general outpatient service, and inpatient and outpatient specialist services in a one-stop setting - so called single episode care. The hospital maintains close ties with its parent organisation, Caritas-Hong Kong, and a strong Catholic culture under the motto "Love in the Service of Hope".

Services[edit]

The hospital has well-developed supporting services, including Pathology, Radiology, Anaesthesiology and Allied Health services. Other ambulatory and outreach community services include Geriatric Day Hospital and Community Geriatric Assessment Team, Community Nursing service, and Palliative Home Care service. The services provided reflect the needs of the population served - ageing, low income, new immigrants.

Caritas Medical Centre is the referral centre of the Kowloon West Cluster of the Hospital Authority in Eye service serving the entire Kowloon west region. The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Service for Kowloon West Cluster is also based at Caritas Medical Centre. The Palliative Care Unit (inpatient and home care team) serves patients referred from hospitals of the Kowloon West Cluster. The hospital runs the largest Developmental Disabilities Unit (Project Sunshine) for the entire territory of Hong Kong, to provide treatment, training and daily care for severely mentally handicapped patients under the age of 16 in a home-like setting. Despite not being a university hospital, it does provide clinical training for medical and nursing students from the three local universities.

Future development[edit]

To meet the ever increasing demand and expectation in medical services, Caritas Medical Centre has started a major re-development project which has its phase I completed in 2002 - a 14-storey new block, Wai Shun Block, for accommodating all acute services. Planning for re-development of the rest of the facilities of the hospital (phase II - ambulatory, rehabilitation and supporting services) has already started, with completion date planned in 2013.

Scandals at the hospital[edit]

The hospital has been involved in serious governance issues, including the unnecessary death of a patient on its doorstep[2] and the apparent inside-job theft of a computer disc containing sensitive data for thousands of patients.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Caritas Medical Centre Opened By Governor". South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). 18 December 1964. p. 6. 
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