Advanced specialist medical complex to open in August

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Issue 742, Page 5
Word count: 440
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Kiang Wu Hospital’s new 17-storey specialist medical building that will provide 156 sickbeds, out-patient services and also keyhole surgeries is expected to operate in August this year.

The Kiang Wu Charitable Association held a press conference yesterday to announce details of the new facility and activities to celebrate the completion of the three-year construction.

Funded by the Macau SAR Government, the Henry Fok Foundation and the Kiang Wu Charitable Association, the nearly 500 million pataca Kiang Wu Hospital Dr. Henry Y.T. Fok Specialist Medical Center will be inaugurated at 11am on June 28, with the presence of Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah, China’s Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu among other guests.

Occupying an about 27,000 square metre floor area, the building has two carparks located on the basement, while the ground floor houses the reception, pharmacy and a coffee shop.

Out-patients services will operate from level 1 to level 6 with various kinds of specialist services, such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery, anti ageing, health management, orthopedic and rehabilitation, urology and men’s health, cosmetic surgery as well as a laparoscopic or keyhole surgery and an endoscopy centre.

In addition, the in-patient wards will be on levels 8 to 13 (level 7 is reserved for future specialist medical services expansion) where a total of 156 sickbeds will be provided.

An auditorium, conference room and a laparoscopic training centre are to be located on the 14th floor.

Hospital director Dr. Zhang said the complex is expected to officially operate in August, with the out-patient services and part of the sickbeds being the first to open to the public.

Moreover, he said the hospital will relocate the three categories of “first-class” in-patient services to the new complex, and afterwards the old wards will be renovated and make room for more regular sickbeds funded by the Kiang Wu Charitable Association.

According to the hospital’s deputy director Dr. Manson Fok, Kiang Wu aimed to make use of the advanced teaching and training facilities in the building to foster professionalism of Macau’s specialist medical services.

Dr. Fok said he believed that by heading towards this direction, the quality of Kiang Wu’s specialist services will be upgraded significantly in the next couple of years.

On the other hand, in order to celebrate the operation of the new complex, an all-day academic seminar about medical and health strategies and specialist medical development, three agreement signing ceremonies as well as a welcome dinner will be held on June 27.

The press confernece yesterday was chaired by the Kiang Wu Charitable Association’s deputy president Liu Chak Wan, chairman Ma Iao Lai and hospital director Dr. Zhang Xuming.

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