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  • Nov 29, 2014
  • Updated: 6:10am


Follow-up system inadequate, experts say

An incomprehensive follow-up system where social and health workers seek out psychiatric patients who fail to turn up for appointments could create violent 'time bombs', psychiatrists and patients' groups say.

Monday, 10 May, 2010, 12:00am

Case managers to supervise mental patients after discharge

The Hospital Authority plans to recruit 80 case managers from nurses, social workers and professional therapists to take care of about 5,000 mental patients discharged from hospitals.

The trial programme is to be launched in Kwai Tsing, Yuen Long and Kwun Tong in April next year, with the aim of improving the patients' recovery in the community.

25 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Sponge-in-eye case 'not result of human error'

A tiny sponge fragment has been left in the eye of a glaucoma patient during surgery at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.

But a top Hospital Authority executive officer has ruled out any human error in the incident.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Don't abuse ambulance service

Some Hongkongers call for an ambulance even though it is not an emergency. This cannot be solved by grading calls according to their urgency. It is difficult for paramedics to classify emergency calls without the public's co-operation.

5 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

1,200 sought help from hotlines in past 17 days

About 1,200 people have sought help in the past 17 days from hotlines set up to assist people with problems caused by the financial meltdown, welfare director Stephen Fisher said yesterday.

31 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Medics on site for riding mishaps

A biological or other terrorist attack is the worst-case scenario that Hong Kong's equestrian organisers have prepared for. But in reality, the worst that is likely to happen is riders falling off their horses - a nasty enough experience, according to the Hospital Authority.

21 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

On the critical to-do list

Good governance involves doing many things not because the public is clamouring for them, but because leaders know they are important for the long-term good of the people.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, an administrator with 40 years experience, vital issues are nevertheless falling between the cracks.

Let us take three examples.

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Screening system leading to long waits

Priority for patients with urgent needs

A screening system to classify patients according to medical urgency has been blamed for longer waiting times at specialist outpatient clinics.

Under the 'triaging system' introduced in 2004, cases are classified as urgent, semi-urgent or routine cases.

4 May 2006 - 12:00am

Tributes pour in for medical teams

The festive season has come early at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the shape of a Christmas tree in the foyer of the block housing some of the most critically ill Sars patients.

20 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Torment of the survivors

One scene more than any other in Scott Anderson's novel about war graphically portrays the agonising pain with which survivors search for ways to come to terms with their dead.

10 Apr 1999 - 12:00am