Stamp of approval for Happy Valley hospital

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am

Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital has gained an international hospital accreditation - the first one in the city to get such recognition.

Five local public hospitals are also under scrutiny from the Australian Council on Health Care Standards, which was hired by the Hospital Authority as part of an accreditation exercise to standardise the quality of care in city hospitals.

The council said the five public hospitals - Queen Mary, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern, Tuen Mun, Queen Elizabeth and Caritas Medical Centre - 'had done quite well' in a preliminary check in December. It was confident they would meet the standards set by the council before a formal assessment in the third quarter.

The Sanatorium, in Happy Valley, was praised for its IT infrastructure and was given an 'outstanding achievement' rating for its bedside screen that allows patients to go online, watch television and see films of X-ray tests.

But the hospital needed to improve corporate governance and staff performance monitoring, where it scored only a 'little achievement'.

The hospital's deputy medical superintendent, Dr Kwong Kwok-hay, said the quality of newly recruited nurses varied. 'Some do not even know how to adjust the height of wheelchairs,' he said.

Kwong said as a result it hired a mentor nurse in July to advise new nurses.

In order to obtain accreditation, a hospital has to obtain a 'moderate achievement' or above in 14 areas related to patient safety. It can score no less than 'some achievement' in 24 of 30 remaining areas.

Council chief executive Brian Johnston said it would train more than 60 people in the city to cope with the rising demand for accreditation.

It is expected that all hospitals in Hong Kong will need some form of accreditation in the future.