We should be proud of staff in Hong Kong's public hospitals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2007, 12:00am

A lot has been written in the media of late about Hong Kong's health care system, and I would like to share my experience with your readers.

We went through the government system with the birth of our first child. Our initial contact was that with Tsan Yuk Hospital for the pre-natal screening.

It became apparent that our daughter had a congenital heart problem. Her main arteries were connected in the wrong way to the heart. This condition can be fatal if left untreated, and our daughter faced major surgery.

The hospital staff were exceptionally busy, and yet throughout this difficult time, they provided us with thorough checks of our daughter, and this went a long way to prepare us for the complexities of the birth and subsequent operation.

Our daughter was born in Queen Mary Hospital and yet again staff faced a huge workload. Whilst the hospital was missing flowers and flat screen TVs associated with the more expensive private facilities, the staff maintained a thoroughly professional and caring approach to us.

At the time of the birth, I was very impressed with their dedication.

Our daughter was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Grantham heart hospital. Again the Grantham facility was exceptionally busy with some fairly scant resources for a heavy workload.

Some two weeks later, our daughter went through almost eight hours of corrective surgery and was then put on life support systems.

We are pleased to say that more than two months have passed since the birth of Ally, and she is progressing well.

All through this particular involvement with the government health care system in Hong Kong, we have been impressed with the teamwork, professionalism and outlook of the health care staff, which was admirable.

With fairly tight resources, the doctors and nurses of all three institutions proved they are a credit to Hong Kong, and we are very fortunate to live in a part of the world where this service is available to all who live here.

Nicholas and Angel Crouch, Sai Kung