Last updated on August 31, 2021.
Looking to visit a public hospital in Hong Kong? Here is your comprehensive, independent guide to Prince of Wales Hospital 威爾斯親王醫院 in Hong Kong.
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 Prince of Wales Hospital
Prince of Wales is a public hospital in Hong Kong under the Hospital Authority’s Management. It was established in November 1994 and it is a major regional acute hospital serving New Territories East, which has the largest geographical area amongst the seven clusters of the Hospital Authority. Its catchment population is around 1.8 million.
Prince of Wales Hospital has 1,700 hospital beds with 5,500 staff. It is the teaching hospital of the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is also the tertiary referral of department Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Clinical Oncology and also the tertiary referral of services such as kidney transplant, cardiothoracic surgery. Prince of Wales is the only public obstetric care hospital in its cluster.
Prince of Wales Hospital has a specialist outpatient clinic with the below services :
Cancer Treatment (with the Chinese University of Hong Kong)
In collaboration with the Department of Clinical Oncology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital houses the seven-storey Sir Yue Kong Pao Centre for Cancer and Lady Pao Children’s Cancer Centre, two state-of-the-art facilities for cancer treatment, research and education. It integrates cancer diagnosis, surgery, inpatient and outpatient treatments, counselling and education for patients and also research. Because of this, it is a referral centre for tertiary cancer care in the entire Hong Kong, with 4000 new patients every year. The hospital has a team of medical oncologists, haematological oncologists, radiation oncologists/clinical oncologists, palliative medicine specialists, nurses, radiation therapists, medical physicists, clinical pharmacists and other allied health professionals.
The Lady Pao Children’s Cancer Centre at Prince of Wales Hospital treats about 40% of the children’s cancer cases in Hong Kong.
For more information, click here for the website to the Department of Clinical Oncology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Accident & Emergency and Costs
Prince of Wales Hospital has a 24-hour accident and emergency service with a full range of acute specialist and ambulatory services.
Prince of Wales also has the Jockey Club Trauma & Emergency Centre, that provides integrated emergency care to patients suffering from traumatic injuries and critical illness
Costs at Prince of Wales 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 Prince of Wales 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 Prince of Wales Hospital?
Address: 30-32 Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, NT
Phone: 3505 2211
How to get there: Public shuttle bus or green minibus, hospital shuttle bus, car or taxi. For more information, click here under transport.
If you want to learn more about Prince of Wales, visit its website here!
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