Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital to open with 15-hour emergency service in first phase

City’s 12th private hospital promises to upload price lists and match costs of competitors; renowned medical names on its doctors’ directory

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 March, 2017, 11:08pm
UPDATED : Monday, 20 March, 2017, 11:11pm

Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital will open its doors to patients on Tuesday with the introduction of a 15-hour emergency service in its first phase of operations.

While almost all major services except obstetrics will be ready at 9am in the city’s 12th private hospital, fees and charges of rooms and specialist clinics were not disclosed at press time, a day before the opening.

Dr Alexander Chiu, chief operating officer of the Southern District hospital in Wong Chuk Hang, which is in a partnership with NWS Holdings and the University of Hong Kong, said detailed price lists would be uploaded to the hospital’s website on Tuesday morning.

“The charges will be similar to other private hospitals on Hong Kong Island,” Chiu said.

Only package charges of 50 common surgical procedures ranging from HK$13,180 to HK$186,846 were revealed last month. Higher prices are expected for patients opting to stay in rooms other than the standard double room.

The other five types of rooms included premium double, single and VIP suites.

The accident and emergency service, which will operate from 8am to 11pm after the first day of operations, can handle at least 100 patients a day.

Patients of the emergency service, which is expected to become a 24-hour operation in about six months, are classified into three categories of urgency, with a maximum waiting time of 30 minutes.

Chiu said victims of industrial accidents or car crashes would not be sent to the private institution, which was more likely to handle patients with relatively milder conditions, such as heart attack or bone fractures.

Chiu did not disclose how many members of medical staff were supporting the emergency ward, but he stated that the headcount would be “sufficient” to support the current 15-hour service.

Those requiring ambulances to take them to Gleneagles have to contact St John Ambulance, as vehicles called by 999 will only take patients to the nearest public hospital.

Dr Kelvin Loh, the hospital’s interim chief executive officer, said there are currently 600 visiting doctors, more than 400 nurses and about 50 on-site doctors.

The doctors’ directory displayed in the hospital lobby showed that some renowned names, including Professor Hextan Ngan Yuen-sheung, head of HKU’s obstetrics and gynaecology department, and private neurosurgeon Dr Dawson Fong To-sang, were offering their services.