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Visiting Dr Google can lead to a case of misdiagnosis

Using the internet to self-diagnose health problems may make people more prone to believing they are sicker than they really are, a local study has found.

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

Second doctor attacked while at work

A doctor was seriously wounded by an unidentified man yesterday while she was treating a patient in her office at Peking University People's Hospital in Beijing - the second attack on a doctor at work on the mainland in the past three weeks.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Inquiry hears doctor phoned in treatment

The Medical Council yesterday looked into a complaint against a doctor who gave instructions by phone for the treatment of a patient who died shortly afterwards.

Dr Vivian Cheung Yee-nin, a registered medical practitioner since 1991, was charged with professional misconduct for failing to provide adequate treatment to the patient at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital in June 2005.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Records lost on 600 psychiatric patients

Records on 600 psychiatric patients have been lost, the Hospital Authority announced last night.

It said a doctor in the accident and emergency department made a report to the management at United Christian Hospital (UCH) that she suspected a box of reprinted patient records, stored in the A&E doctors' office, was stolen on Tuesday.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Patient dies in drug mix-up, woman given wrong blood in latest risk list

A chronically ill patient died after being given incompatible drugs, and another is recovering from a transfusion of the wrong blood type - the latest cases in a growing list of blunders at public hospitals.

The Hospital Authority would not elaborate on the two incidents, which were revealed yesterday in its latest 'Risk Alert'.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Study could shed light on causes of epilepsy

Lack of a particular protein in early brain development might be the root of certain types of epilepsy.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hospitals should own up to errors

I wish to discuss the recent increase in medical blunders. On October 4, a newborn baby was dropped at Baptist Hospital. But the baby wasn't seriously injured, so the hospital didn't regard it as a serious case, or report it.

Problems with blood transfusions and staff damaging a baby's arteries at other hospitals also made the headlines.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Mass screening for breast cancer hardly the best or only way to reduce mortality

The sponsored feature ('Should we have population based breast screening in Hong Kong? The Community needs evidence', August 16) incorrectly credits universal mammography for cancer detection as 'the only modality' for reducing mortality.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Medical blunders put in perspective

It is nearly two years since special teams were sent to patrol public hospital wards and monitor compliance with patient safety guidelines, following a spate of medical blunders. Health secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said at the time this was because the mishaps involved repetition of the same kinds of mistakes in routine procedures.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Antibiotics rules must be followed

The dangers of misusing and abusing antibiotics are well established. But the message obviously is not getting through, as the hundreds of deaths at our hospitals from drug-resistant infections prove. Better education and tighter controls are clearly needed. Getting the message across should not require a personal medical tragedy.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Long hours mean errors in diagnosis, doctors say

Most public doctors say working long hours affects their job performance and medical judgment while on duty, according to a new survey.

Eight out of 10 doctors surveyed said overwork affected their ability to conduct proper diagnosis, and four out of 10 admitted they had committed medical errors as a result.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hard to swallow

One of the major proposals of the government on health care reform is to make private hospital charges more transparent and predictable, to enhance efficiency and contain costs. At present, most private hospitals use a pay-as-you-go system, where there is full cost recovery and no upper limit to what patients may pay - that is, retrospective cost-based reimbursement.

6 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

At accident and emergency

Mrs West is the receptionist on duty at St Luke's Accident & Emergency Department tonight. She books in four patients. Listen to the conversations and then fill in Mrs West's notes about each patient.

Patient 1

Contact phone:

Nature of injury:

How caused:

Patient accompanied by:

25 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Doctor prescribed blood thinner based on dubious diagnosis

A doctor was found guilty yesterday of prescribing a blood-thinning drug to a patient who complained of erectile dysfunction based on an unreliable diagnosis and failing to inform the patient fully of the potential risks of taking the drug.

The Medical Council ruled Dr Yeung Sing should lose his licence for a month, but the sentence was suspended for a year.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Risk of relapse for patients with mental illness

Patients with mental illness who do not show symptoms for up to two years can still suffer a relapse if they stop taking medicine, according to the latest study by the University of Hong Kong. Continued medication could reduce the risk of relapse by half, researchers said. They urged patients to talk to doctors before deciding to stop taking medicine.

7 Sep 2010 - 12:00am