Hong Kong Children’s Hospital will open in October, specializing in difficult and rare pediatric cases.
However, it will take sometime before it becomes fully operational, largely due to manpower shortage, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The hospital, located at the south apron of the former Kai Tak airport, will focus on cancer and kidney diseases among children in the first phase of its opening.
The hospital is equipped with a hydropool with a lift platform, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. It has various facilities for children, including a classroom for long-term patients.
However, the hospital will not have clinics or emergency rooms. Patients will need referrals to the hospital.
Dr. Lee Tsz-leung, the hospital’s chief executive, said in a press conference on Wednesday that the hospital will take difficult cases like cancer and renal failure.
The hospital has so far recruited 83 doctors and 227 nurses, Lee said.
He said he is optimistic that enough medical personnel will be recruited to meet the first stage of the opening.
The specialized pediatric units of regional hospitals will be “flexibly relocated” to the hospital, Lee added.
He sought to reassure the community that the hospital’s recruitment activities will not strain the medical system as it has different functions from the regional hospitals that provide pediatric clinics and emergency surgery.
The hospital is scheduled to provide day services and wards by January next year and neonatal intensive care, general pediatric surgery, and cardiologic and cardiothoracic surgery services in the second half of next year.
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