Problems include cracks in the walls, paint peeling and water leakages Staff at Prince of Wales Hospital say they have had to work around renovation efforts for so long that they have become used to it. The South China Morning Post yesterday visited the 20-year-old hospital and found cracks on some walls and paint peeling everywhere. One paediatrics ward on the sixth floor was being renovated. In a research section on the same floor, the ceiling was stained by watermarks and peeling paint. Ward caretaker Kum Wai-lin, who has worked in the hospital since it opened 20 years ago, said repair works were common at the hospital. 'I always see workers painting walls in the hospital, especially in the lobby area,' Ms Kum said. 'Some walls are stained with mould. Paint is peeling off. That's why people are covering it with new paint.' Another ward caretaker, who would only identify herself as Ms Chan, also found maintenance work frequent in the hospital. 'I am not a structural expert. I don't know if there's any problem with the structure here. But there are always workers around doing maintenance work. I think it is regular maintenance,' Ms Chan said, who has worked there for nine years. 'I am not surprised to see paint peeling off because sometimes we accidentally hit the wall with our cart wheels. It's unavoidable.' A patient, who was admitted to the hospital 10 days ago, said he was moved from a ward on the 10th floor to the eighth floor this week because of renovations. 'The ward I'm now staying in is quite new because it has just finished being refurbished,' he said. Senior medical bosses support the rebuilding project. Sydney Chung Sheung-chee, outgoing dean of Chinese University's medical faculty, which uses Prince of Wales as its teaching hospital, said water leakage was serious. 'If you are doing endoscopy and there's water leaking from the ceiling, do you think it affects patients?' Professor Chung asked.