Hospital to boost medical travel

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 12:00am


The state-of-the-art Chinese PLA General Hospital Hainan Sub-Hospital at Haitang Bay is expected to give a boost to the development of medical tourism in Sanya.

With a total investment of 1.32 billion yuan (HK$1.61 billion), the new hospital - also known as Hainan 301 Hospital - was established with a mission to support Hainan's development as an international tourism island by providing world-class health-care facilities and services.

The hospital is owned and operated by the Chinese PLA General Hospital in Beijing, one of the best general hospitals on the mainland under the Central Military Commission, providing medical treatment, research and recuperation services. This is its first sub-hospital and the first time it has exported its know-how.

Construction of the Hainan hospital began in August 2009 and was completed in December last year. It is on the waterfront of Haitang Bay, covering an area of 383,000 square metres. It has three sections: medical treatment, recuperation, and services and support. The services and support section also includes a 450-room hotel, operated by Gloria Hotels and Resorts, the Haitang Bay Gloria Sanya.

The hospital has 15 operating theatres and 500 beds. It is manned by more than 1,200 medical staff and specialists, mostly seconded from the PLA 301 Hospital. It is fitted with advanced diagnostic equipment, costing more than 400 million yuan.

These include a da Vinci robotic surgical system, positron emission tomography - computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging systems and digital subtraction angiography.

Apart from providing medical services to residents and visitors, the hospital will also support the development of health tourism in Sanya.

Until recently, the Sanya Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital was the only facility in the city that handled patients.

Over the past three years, the hospital has treated 20,000 foreign visitors, mainly from Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Austria.