Caritas Medical Centre

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Caritas Medical Centre
Hospital Authority and Caritas Hong Kong
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Caritas Medical Centre
Caritas Medical Centre is located in Hong Kong
Caritas Medical Centre
Location within Hong Kong
Location 111 Wing Hong Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 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
Funding Government hospital
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university School of Nursing Cartius Medical Centre
Network Kowloon West Cluster
Emergency department Yes, Accident and Emergency
Beds 1,206
Founded 17 December 1964 (1964-12-17)
Lists Hospitals in Hong Kong

Caritas Medical Centre (Chinese: 明愛醫院; Cantonese Yale: Mìhng'oi Yīyún) is a district general hospital in So Uk, 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.


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 1,206 beds situated in Shamshuipo.[2][3] 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".


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.


The hospital has been involved in serious governance issues. In 2008, a man suffered a heart attack outside the hospital. His son ran for help from a hospital receptionist, but she told him to dial 999. After a lengthy delay in getting the man to the accident and emergency department, he was pronounced dead.[4] The Hospital Authority subsequently reprimanded senior management of the hospital and ordered them to improve staff training and develop a plan to improve staff responsiveness.[5]

On 10 June 2010 the hospital discovered that a computer disc containing the personal information of more than 3,000 eye patients had been stolen from a locked room.[6] The theft was not publicly announced for more than a week.[7]

Recent development[edit]

To meet increasing demand, Caritas Medical Centre recently underwent a major redevelopment project. Phase I, completed in 2002, comprised a new 14-storey building, called the Wai Shun Block, which accommodates all acute services.

The second phase of the redevelopment project was approved by the Legislative Council in 2007. It comprised a redeveloped ambulatory and rehabilitation building, the Wai Ming Block, which topped-out in 2013.[8] The Wai Tak, Wai On, and Wai Yan Blocks were demolished to make way for a new rehabilitation garden. The project was completed in 2015 and officially opened in 2016.[9]


  1. ^ "New Caritas Medical Centre Opened By Governor". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. 18 December 1964. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Hospital Authority Annual Report 2015-2016: Appendices" (PDF). Hospital Authority. 
  3. ^ "Hospital Authority Annual Report 2016-2017" (PDF). Hospital Authority. 2017. 
  4. ^ Lam, Agnes; Lee, Ella; Cheung, Gary (23 December 2008). "Officials apologise for Caritas death". South China Morning Post. 
  5. ^ Chan, Peggy (18 February 2009). "Fatal heart attack earns reprimands". China Daily. 
  6. ^ "A suspected theft case of a computer hard disk at Caritas Medical Centre". Hong Kong Government. 18 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Delay in reporting theft of patients' data". South China Morning Post. 10 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Topping-out ceremony for new hospital block at Caritas Medical Centre". Hong Kong Government. 11 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Opening of redeveloped Wai Ming Block at Caritas Medical Centre (with photos)". Hong Kong Government. 3 March 2016.