Enhanced hospital facilities benefit both patients and staff
Being confined to bed for a prolonged period of time can be tough on patients, as well as their carers. The sad fact is that each year in Hong Kong, thousands of people have health conditions that require long-term medical care in hospital, taking a toll on the patients, family members and healthcare staff.
In an initiative to increase the capacity of the care takers, and make the hospital environment safer and more comfortable for patients and nursing staff alike, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has donated HK$253 million to implement the Jockey Club Inpatient Facilities Modernisation Scheme in all public hospitals.
The Trust’s funding has already enabled more than 6,000 electrically-operated beds to be installed in public hospitals across Hong Kong, benefiting numerous people who need to stay in a hospital bed for any kind of medical care and treatment. In addition, the installation of 520 ceiling hoists is under way and will be completed within two years.
Ms Lau, who has resided in a hospital for over two years because of her high level of disability, finds the modernisation scheme a huge advantage.
“In the past, the care takers had to work together to get me out of bed, including such seemingly simple tasks as transferring me to another bed for procedures such as body checks,” she says, looking back on the experience. “If I had to take a bath, at least three people would take care of me at the same time.”
“Thanks to the [ceiling hoist] system I can now enjoy more out-of-bed time. I can be out and about more often to sit in a wheelchair, do some physical exercises, and the entire experience is less tiring and safer both for me and those around me,” she says thankfully, adding: “At the same time the electrically-operated beds offer me greater convenience, as I can take care of myself more easily when I have to sit straight to have a meal.” Both Ms Lau and her son who visits her in hospital believe patients will definitely benefit from these enhanced facilities.
In a broader community sense, not only does this new equipment donated by the Trust increase the capacity of healthcare personnel in Hong Kong’s public hospitals, it also contributes to raising public awareness of the well-being of patients.
The Trust has been a champion of Hong Kong’s healthcare services for more than half a century, going back to the 1950s and ’60s when it helped establish many of the city’s public clinics amid a surge in population. In more recent years, its donations have helped numerous hospitals expand their facilities or acquire advanced medical equipment.
Still looking to the future, the Trust is contributing a sizeable HK$1.3 billion in funding to support the establishment of a new teaching hospital at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Due for completion in 2018, this pioneering facility will provide around 600 beds with an accent on helping the city’s growing number of elderly residents. It will also offer straightforward package pricing, benefit around 250,000 people from middle-class families who need treatment for common ailments like eye cataracts, but are caught between long waiting lists for public services and the high cost of private healthcare.
One way or another, The Hong Kong Jockey Club and its community donations through the Charities Trust have had a significant impact on the development of the city’s healthcare services over the years, benefiting citizens of all sectors and all ages.