The Complete 2019 Guide to Princess Margaret Hospital 瑪嘉烈醫院

Looking to visit a public hospital in Hong Kong? Here is your comprehensive, independent guide to Princess Margaret Hospital 瑪嘉烈醫院 in Hong Kong.

Overview of Princess Margaret Hospital

Princess Margaret Hospital is a public hospital in Hong Kong under the Hospital Authority’s Management. It is a major acute general hospital and one of the most important hospitals in the Kowloon West Cluster. It was established in 1975 and in 1981 was built a new building (Lai King Building), 5 minutes away from the main hospital.

Princess Margaret Hospital had 1,733 beds and 4,445 Staff as of June 2017. It is a tertiary referral centre for Infectious disease, Nephrology and Urology and also it is the cluster referral centre for Oncology, Trauma, Renal Transplant and Dialysis, Lithotripsy, Pulmonary Medicine and tuberculosis, high-risk Obstetrics care, and also Paediatric and Neonatal intensive care.

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Outpatient Services at Princess Margaret Hospital

Princess Margaret Hospital has a Specialist Outpatient Clinic which caters to:

  • Care to HIV / AIDS patients 愛滋病患者護理
  • Medical and nursing care 醫護服務
  • Comprehensive health protection 綜合健康保障計劃
  • Psychiatry service 精神科服務
  • Paediatric care and screening 兒科護理及篩檢
  • Hepatitis and treatment care 肝炎治療及護理
  • Speciality consultation service 專科轉介
  • Clinical psychology 臨床心理學家
  • Post-exposure prophylactic 接觸後處理方法及預防措施
  • Partner counselling and referring service 伴侶輔導及轉介
  • Positive prevention program 患者正向預防計劃
  • Family planning 家庭計劃
  • Hotline service 熱線服務

HIV Clinical Services

In Hong Kong, there are only three designated HIV clinical services in the public sector, and Princess Margaret is one of them. Here is a list of the services provided:

  • Medical check-up.  
  • A treatment plan, health care and counselling.  
  • Therapeutic monitoring of immune response and viral suppression.  
  • Opportunistic infections prevention and antiretroviral treatment workup and monitoring.  
  • For in-patient care, if necessary

Hospital Authority Infectious Disease Center

Princess Margaret Hospital is the designated Infectious Disease (ID) centre in Hong Kong. Since officially opening on 22 June 2007, the ID Center has been managing various kinds of infectious diseases including avian influenza, hospital-acquired infections, as well as tropical infections. There are 108 isolation beds with 14 ICU beds.

Four basic principles have been used in the design of its infection control facilities:

  • Segregate ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ zones
  • Contain contamination
  • Control and remove contaminants
  • Minimize cross physical contacts.

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A&E services and Costs at Princess Margaret Hospital

Princess Margaret Hospital does have a 24-hour accident and emergency service with a full range of acute specialist and ambulatory services.

Costs at Princess Margaret 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

How is medical insurance coverage at Princess Margaret 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 cost much higher and it is important to ensure you are well covered.

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How to get to Princess Margaret hospital?

Address: 2-10 Princess Margaret Hospital Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon

Phone: 2990 1111

How to get there: Public shuttle bus or green minibus, hospital shuttle bus, car or taxi. For more information, click here.

If you wish to learn more about Princess Margaret, visit its website here!

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