Hospital Sees Steady Growth of Patients but a Low Number in its International Medical Center
A steady growth in the number of patients is seen by the University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital outpatient department, even when the number of the patients in the International Medical Center is surprisingly very low. Opened in July of 2013 the hospital’s outpatient department saw an average of 10,000 patients of less a month during the first eight months of its operation. But the numbers are growing steadily since March of this year and have jumped up to 50,000 per month in the past quarter.
However the International Medical Center is not being received well by local residents, as the people’s misconceptions are still based on tradition and is still the biggest challenge in the reforms in medical practice. The international medical center is aiming to offer personalized medical services to local residents and expats. There are 30 doctors from Hong Kong and overseas that are coming over to regularly practice at the medical center and provide an English language service. The low number of patients is due to the lack of marketing and the hospital needs to start promoting its international services starting next month.
Located near the intersection of Baishi Road and Qiaocheng Road East in Futian, the Hong Kong University Shenzhen Hospital is designated as a pilot facility for reforms in the public medical health care and is hoping to create a sense of international community and at the same time improve the city’s health care standards.
The hospital is now taking the lead in promoting an appointment system, group diagnostic consultation and general medicine practices. The hospital will be using the Hong Kong style triage system in which emergency patients will be quickly examined and will be classified into five levels that will be based on the severity of the injury so those seriously injured are treated first.