Patients await admission for over 12 hoursSince last December, the HA has activated the contingency response plan for winter surge. Latest public hospital service statistics indicated a persistently rising trend in service demand.
“In the past week, hospitals with patients awaiting admission for over 12 hours included Kwong Wah Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Tuen Mun Hospital and United Christian Hospital. The healthcare staff in A&E Departments have to accord priority to treat patients with severe conditions and monitor patients awaiting for admission. This has led to longer waiting time for semi-urgent and non-urgent patients. Some of these semi-urgent and nonurgent patients have to wait for over eight hours in a number of hospitals.”
Cheung said that over 1,500 extra beds have already been opened recently to cope with the winter service demand surge. He hoped members of the public could apprehend the overcrowded situation in the wards, and cooperate with healthcare staff in transfer and discharge arrangements.
Patients with mild ailments are advised to consider seeking consultation at GOPC or private doctorsTo relieve service demand pressure and reduce long queueing time in A&E Departments, Cheung also appealed to patients with mild ailments to consider seeking consultation at General Outpatient Clinic (GOPC) or private doctors. He said the HA has already added about 18,000 GOPC quotas to cope with the higher service demand during the winter surge.
In addition, Cheung thanked frontline healthcare staff for their patient-centred professionalism in working overtime and deferring vacation leaves.
He also expressed gratitude to various community partners in rendering support to HA, including private hospitals, private doctors, Chinese Medicine practitioners, and various voluntary healthcare organisations. MIMS
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