Sterilisation, lack of staff, hinder hospital

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 July, 2010, 12:00am

A shortage of nurses and lack of an updated centralised sterilisation system are the two major challenges faced by the new chief of a top city public hospital.

Queen Mary Hospital, which is also the University of Hong Kong's teaching hospital, was now short of about 20 experienced operating theatre nurses, Dr Luk Che-chung said.

Speaking in his third month in the job, Luk, who also heads the Hong Kong West group of hospitals, said the whole group was short of about 200 nurses of various specialties, a hole which even 150 new nursing graduates this year would be unable to fill. Luk also said Queen Mary Hospital should have set up a centralised system to sanitise and disinfect medical equipment, as many other hospitals had done.

But Queen Mary Hospital lacked the facilities to centralise sanitisation, which hospital staff must do 'batch-by-batch' - time-consuming and prone to mistakes.

Luk took over from Hospital Authority veteran Lawrence Lai Fook-ming.