Big guns join new private hospital

Local | Carain Yeung 21 Mar 2017

The private 500-bed Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital comes into service today boasting of big-name clinical professors.

But the hospital management admitted some disciplines will not be taken care of by any on-site specialists.

Opening at 9am, the SAR's 12th private hospital in Wong Chuk Hang has recruited about 400 nurses, 600 accredited doctors, and 50 resident doctors and clinical or associate clinical professors through its clinical partner the University of Hong Kong.

There are 65 specialists of 22 disciplines listed on GHK's doctors' directory. Big names include former Tuen Mun Hospital neurosurgery chief Dawson Fong To-sang and head of HKU's department of obstetrics and gynecology Hextan Ngan Yuen- sheung. But the hospital has said it will offer the services of specialists and sub- specialists in 35 areas.

"For some specialties, such as cardio-thoracic surgery, we don't need a resident doctor on site because they are rather special," GHK chief operating officer Alexander Chiu said. "If necessary, we have a network of doctors who can be called in."

Other specialties and sub-specialties without doctors on site include nephrology and geriatrics.

Apart from obstetrics, Chiu said most services will be available from today.

In-patient rooms come in six types: standard (two-bed room), premium double, single, premium single, junior suites and VIP suites. About 210 beds are allocated to standard rooms, 66 to premium double, 90 to the two types of single rooms and 10 to suites. Other beds are for day services.

Packaged fees released earlier showed charges are comparable to the hospitals that cater to the wealthy such as Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital in Happy Valley.

Chiu said pricing details are to be released on its website today.

He said the accident and emergency ward will be available from 9am to 11pm on the first day and 8am to 11pm from the second day. The ward has a capacity of at least 100 cases daily, said Tan See Leng, chief executive and managing director of Parkway Pantai, a Singapore-based company co- managing the hospital.

But Chiu said the hospital cannot handle patients injured critically in industrial or traffic accidents and burns patients.

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