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Emergency Medicine

Letters Question, August 13, 2012

Cut-price help.

Should the health minister increase the HK$100 fee for emergency ward consultations in public hospitals in an effort to deter people who do not require emergency treatment and thereby cut waiting time?

Monday, 13 August, 2012, 9:58am

Labourers get advice on how to avoid heatstroke

Construction workers toiling in the hot sun have a new guide setting out how long they can stay on the job without risking heatstroke.

The guide, drawn up by a research team from Polytechnic University, takes into account different factors including the nature of the job, the worker's fitness and habits, the weather and pollution.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Workload may force A&E exodus

HONG KONG - Seven out of 10 doctors working in accident and emergency (A&E) departments may quit within a year because of the heavy workload, a survey claims.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Reality check for drama

The patient lies immobile, and the droning beep from the heart monitor and the flat line across its screen suggest there's only one possible course of action left. The defibrillator paddles are fired up, someone shouts 'Clear!' and the patient is given a jolt of juice.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Flak flies over doctors plan

The Hospital Authority has taken its plan to hire overseas doctors a step further despite strong opposition from local doctors.

After interviewing 15 applicants last week, the authority will recommend 10 to the Medical Council to go through the council's screening for registration by the end of the year without having to sit a licensing exam.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Man sues after bone infection is missed

A man who was left unable to lift his head is suing the Hospital Authority for negligence after doctors failed to diagnose that his neck pain was a result of an infection in his vertebrae, despite six visits to an accident and emergency department.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Take me to a private hospital, driver

Patients being transported in public ambulances may request to be taken to a private hospital under a new policy.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Outpatient department to have electronic queue control system

I am writing in response to the letter by Anthony R. C. Green ('Long waits at specialist clinics show need for a more efficient system', February 27).

I wish to outline the improvement measure we are implementing in our queuing system in the Specialist Out-Patient Department (SOPD).

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Training for life

As a member of Hong Kong Red Cross, I am familiar with first aid and CPR. I was trained when I was younger. But the majority of Hong Kong people do not have such skills and don't seem to care about learning them.

Whenever there is an emergency, people rely on first aid workers and doctors. People are not aware that they can do something.

19 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Review of home care for mental patients

When he heard the tragic news about a mental patient chopping two people to death in Kwai Shing East estate last month, Frank Leung was fearful - not for himself, but for his neighbours. 'I worry that one day in the future I will also be a violent attacker,' the 30-year-old schizophrenia patient said.

28 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

No miracles on the front line, just care

When Chung Chin-hung took over the Prince of Wales Hospital emergency room in 1984, the operating procedure was very different from today.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Medical schools should cater to society's needs

Medical advances notwithstanding, the role of family medicine in the efficient delivery of modern health care is well established in developed societies. But few of Hong Kong's future doctors want to specialise in it and, as we report today, our medical schools are accused of neglecting the teaching of its broad-based skills.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Common sense versus rules

The Hospital Authority makes much of its policies, procedures, rules and regulations. A series of blunders at public hospitals in recent months has meant the protective measures have been frequently reviewed and strengthened.

Yet another report has been ordered, this time into an alleged delay by Caritas Medical Centre in treating a seven-year-old boy with an eye injury.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Rules are no substitute for common sense

The Hospital Authority makes much of its policies, procedures, rules and regulations. A series of blunders at public hospitals in recent months has meant the protective measures have been frequently reviewed and strengthened. Yet another report has been ordered, this time into an alleged delay by Caritas Medical Centre in treating a seven-year-old boy with an eye injury.

21 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Hospital office staff learn how to give emergency first aid on new one-day course

Office and medical staff working in public hospitals are being encouraged to attend a special first aid course to teach them how to respond to patients needing immediate medical attention.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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