Maternity wards filling up fast

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 January, 2007, 12:00am

A total of 697 non-resident mainlanders have booked maternity packages in the past few days.

Public hospitals fully booked

Of the eight public hospitals providing obstetric services, the quota for mainland mothers at Tuen Mun and Prince of Wales hospitals is full until May 31; Queen Elizabeth Hospital until March 31; United Christian Hospital until February 28

Places available

Kwong Wah, Princess Margaret, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern and Queen Mary hospitals have beds available

Private hospitals

Nine private hospitals offer maternity services. By yesterday, the following were fully booked:

Baptist Hospital, until April 30; St Paul's Hospital, until February 28; Union Hospital, until April 30; Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, until April 30; Adventist and Tsuen Wan Adventist hospitals, until April 30

Canossa, Matilda International and St Teresa's refused to provide figures

Sources: Hospital Authority, individual private hospitals