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  1. News - Hong Kong - MEDICINE

    Discovery Bay cancer family in SOS to Filipinos

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... Father of three extends desperate search to find bone marrow match A Discovery Bay family is appealing for help from the city's Filipino community in its search for a bone marrow match to save a father of three. Rocky Perez, originally from the Phili ...

  2. AmCham boss says show must go on ... and Prince will open it

    Posted Sep 19th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Cancelling Harbour Fest would cost 50 pc of the fees for performers, says James Thompson The $130 million Harbour Fest extravaganza must not be cancelled, as half of the fees already paid to performers could be lost, the American Chamber of Commerce organ ...

  3. Sars-infected officer tells of losing all hope

    Posted Aug 27th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... The police constable who contracted Sars after being posted to Amoy Gardens to enforce an isolation order has told for the first time how he was on the verge of death - and wrote his will from his hospital bed. However, Ko Wing-cheung made a recovery that ...

  4. Hospitals told to cut on-call roster

    Posted Apr 08th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Public hospitals were asked by the Hospital Authority again yesterday to submit new plans to cut the number of doctors on call for emergencies after the landmark court ruling. The authority is surveying individual hospitals on the implementation of the on ...

  5. Hospitals to cut waiting times

    Posted Nov 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The Hospital Authority is pledging to cut waiting times at public hospitals and clinics amid repeated criticism that the long queues have deprived patients of good medical care. Under new performance pledges, specialists' outpatient clinics will cut the first-appointment waiting time for routine cases by 25 per cent in the coming year. The target is to give ...

  6. Health check on patient safety

    Posted Nov 08th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Having hospital treatment can end in an unexpectedly unhappy result: a wrong operation, a medication error or a life-threatening infection. One in every 100 public patients in Hong Kong experiences some kind of adverse incident during a hospital stay, and many are preventable. How to improve patient safety is a challenge for all health care systems. As hospital ...

  7. WHO subject to more checks before issuing travel warnings

    Posted Sep 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The World Health Organisation will not be able to issue edicts on travel restrictions to virus-infected countries as readily as it did during the 2003 Sars outbreak, its director general Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun says. Speaking yesterday at her first Hong Kong press conference since the WHO declared a swine flu pandemic this year, Chan said there would be 'more ...

  8. WHO sees second wave of flu pandemic

    Posted Sep 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee With parts of the northern hemisphere, including Hong Kong, seeing more cases of swine flu, a second wave of the pandemic is imminent, the World Health Organisation's director general warned yesterday. Still, Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun told a conference in the city that there was also 'good news' about the ability of antiviral drugs to stave off ...

  9. Public hospitals to apply lessons of high-risk industries

    Posted Sep 16th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee An investigation into a baby mix-up blunder at Queen Elizabeth Hospital has shown how some staff took 'short cuts' in safety procedures. To enhance patient safety, the Hospital Authority plans to copy models used by 'high reliability organisations'. This means medical staff will work like they were part of high-risk operations like nuclear plants, ...

  10. Can everyone win on health care reform?

    Posted Oct 27th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee A serious illness, even if not fatal, can easily drag a patient into poverty. How money can be best spent for better health, and how society should share the bills are key issues in the upcoming discussion of a voluntary medical insurance scheme that is set to change the health care landscape in Hong Kong. Health officials in the past two decades - since the first consultation ...




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