The Complete 2022 Guide to Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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Here is your comprehensive, independent guide to Queen Elizabeth Hospital 伊利沙伯醫院 in Hong Kong: maternity, A&E, inpatient services, outpatient services, costs and more.
Special COVID-19 Measures
Due to the activation of the Emergency Response Level, the Hospital Authority has announced a special visiting arrangement. Please note that some new measures have been taken for special outpatient clinic appointments in light of the pandemic. Important notes for visitors going to General outpatient clinics can be found here, as for specialist outpatient clinics, information can be found here.
As the situation in Hong Kong continues to evolve, it is always best to call ahead of time if you have any questions or concerns.
Overview of Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened in 1963 and is the largest of Hong Kong’s 43 public hospitals. Like other public hospitals, it is under the supervision of the Hospital Authority (HA). Queen Elizabeth Hospital is managed by both the HA and its own Governing Committee to ensure quality care.
Located in Kowloon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital offers medical care in both inpatient and outpatient services. It has over 1,906 beds and a workforce of over 6,500 staff including about 500 doctors. It handles about ⅓ of all cancer patients in Hong Kong. It is not a university hospital but is the largest acute hospital in Hong Kong.
With its established reputation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital provides clinical services in the following areas:
- Accident & Emergency
- Ambulatory Care Centre & Staff Clinic
- Anaesthesia and Operating Theatres
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Combined Endoscopy Unit
- Clinical Oncology
- Ear, Nose & Throat
- Electrographic Diagnostic Unit
- Family Medicine and General Outpatient Clinics
- Multidisciplinary Simulation and Skills Centre
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
- Orthopaedics & Traumatology
- Private Wards
- Radiology & Imaging
It offers private wards for patients’ comfort. There are First Class Private Wards for mixed-gender patients, Second Class Private Wards for males, and First/Second Class private wards for females.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital began opened in 1964. There are 126 beds in this unit, with options for first and second class. In May 2016, Queen Elizabeth was named the first “Baby Friendly Hospital” hospital for its high-quality service by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong.
This department provides the following services:
- General Obstetric Service
- General Gynaecology Service
- Maternal & Fetal Medicine Service
- Gynae-Oncology Service
- Urogynaecology Service
- Reproduction Medicine Service
- Minimal Invasive Surgery Service
- Links of Scope Service
For more information about maternity services, click here.
If you are looking for community clinics, you can go to any of the clinics under the Hospital Authority. The clinics can be found on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. Some of them are open for service in the evenings, Sundays, and public holidays, but in general, most of the outpatient clinics open at 8:30 in the mornings.
Here is a link to all the outpatient clinics you could go to.
For more information about outpatient care, click here.
Accident and Emergency (A&E)
Queen Elizabeth Hospital does provide Accident and Emergency services. There are specialists on-site 24-hours, tending to over 500 patients per day. Patients who are not in an emergency state are encouraged to visit consultation clinics in outpatient or private clinics.
For more information, click here.
Costs at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Costs at Queen Elizabeth Hospital are determined by the Hospital Authority. Costs are categorized into 3 groups: eligible persons, non-eligible persons, and private charges.
Eligible persons are defined as:
- Holders of Hong Kong Identity Card
- Children who are Hong Kong residents and under 11 years of age
- Approved by the Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority
As a reference, here are the costs for eligible persons:
|Service||Fee / HK Dollar|
|Accident & Emergency||$180 per attendance|
|Inpatient (acute general beds)||$75 admission fee, $120 per day|
|Inpatient (convalescent / rehabilitation, infirmary & psychiatric beds)||$100 per day|
|Specialist outpatient (including allied health clinic)||$135 for the 1st attendance, $80 per subsequent attendance, $15 per drug item|
|General outpatient||$50 per attendance|
|Dressing or injection||$19 per attendance|
|Psychiatric day hospital||$60 per attendance|
|Geriatric day hospital||$60 per attendance|
|Rehabilitation day hospital||$55 per attendance|
|Day procedure and treatment at Clinical Oncology Clinic or Renal Clinic||$96 per attendance|
|Day procedure and treatment in ambulatory facility||$195 per attendance|
|Community nursing service (general)||$80 per visit|
|Community nursing service (psychiatric)||Free|
|Community allied health service||$80 per visit|
Medical insurance coverage at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
If you are an eligible person (i.e. holder of a HKID) and have medical insurance, public hospital costs can be reimbursed. Considering how low public fees are, most patients pay out-of-pocket.
If you are not an eligible person (visiting / tourist), public hospital costs will be much higher and it is important to ensure you are well covered.
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How to get to Queen Elizabeth hospital?
Address: 30 Gascoigne Road, Kowloon
How to get there: Public shuttle bus or green minibus, hospital shuttle bus, car or taxi. For more information, click here.
If you want to learn more about Queen Elizabeth Hospital, visit its website here!
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital specializes in clinical services including areas such as accident & emergency, cardiothoracic surgery, clinical oncology, ENT, neurosurgery, OBGYN, paediatrics and radiology, etc.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.