Hong Kong Children’s Hospital (HKCH), in the Kai Tak Development Area, in Kowloon Bay, opened yesterday. It is the city’s second specialist children’s hospital, after The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay, in Pok Fu Lam.
HKCH will treat patients below 18 across the territory who are suffering from serious illnesses.
Construction on the HK$13 billion hospital began in August 2013 and it is expected to have 468 beds when fully operational. At the moment, the hospital does not have a clinic for patients sent there by non-specialist doctors, nor will new cases be accepted at the moment.
The first patients at HKCH’s specialist outpatient clinics will be follow-up cases currently being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital, or the children’s cancer centres at Queen Mary Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital.
Other outpatient clinics and inpatient services for specialist clinics will open next year.
In a press release, HKCH chief executive, Dr Lee Tsz-leung, said it would take time for the hospital to become fully operational. The hospital needs to ensure patient safety and service quality, Lee added.