29th May 2023 – (Hong Kong) Kwong Wah Hospital (KWH) has announced the completion of the Phase 1 building of the hospital’s redevelopment project. The new Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department, which is nearly 2.6 times larger than the existing department and offers additional facilities such as an Emergency Medicine Ward, isolation areas for infection control, and 24-hour computerised tomography (CT) scan service, will begin providing 24-hour emergency medical care to patients from 31st May.
The new A&E Department is located on Pitt Street instead of Waterloo Road. Patients seeking A&E services are advised to take note of the new entrance and drop-off point.
Dr. Tang Kam-shing, the Hospital Chief Executive of KWH, said, “The capacity and facilities of the new A&E Department have been further enhanced, which can streamline the consultation process. The number of consultation rooms will increase once the new A&E Department commences service. Together with the newly added Emergency Medicine Ward, it will help improve patients’ waiting situation.”
Dr. Chan Tung-ning, the Chief of Service (Accident & Emergency) of KWH, added that the new A&E Department would strengthen the overall A&E services of the Kowloon Central Cluster.
In line with the development of “Smart Hospital,” eAED and In Patient Medication Order Entry (IPMOE) will be implemented in the new A&E Department of KWH.To ensure a smooth operation of the electronic systems, the two systems have been put into a trial run in the existing A&E since late April.
With the opening of the new A&E Department, the existing A&E located on the ground floor of the East Wing will be closed. KWH has notified the Fire Services Department and various public transport operators of the relevant arrangements and has put up notices at the Yau Ma Tei MTR Station and the main streets in the vicinity of the hospital to remind the public of the relocation of the A&E Department.
The hospital’s website has also been updated with the information regarding the relocation arrangement, and a hotline has been set up to answer any enquiries from the public during office hours.
The completion of the Phase 1 building of the hospital’s redevelopment project and the opening of the new A&E Department represent a significant improvement in KWH’s emergency medical care services. The larger capacity and additional facilities will help to streamline the consultation process and improve patients’ waiting situation, while the implementation of “Smart Hospital” technology will enhance the overall quality of care.