Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong

Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Chinese: 伊利沙伯醫院; Cantonese Yale: Yīleihsābaak Yīyún), QE or QEH in short, is one of the largest acute general hospitals in Hong Kong. It was named after Queen Elizabeth II. The hospital is a major tertiary hospital in southern Kowloon, with over 1,900 beds. It employs more than 500 physicians and surgeons.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital in February 2008
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong is located in Hong Kong
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong
Location30 Gascoigne Road, King's Park, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°18′34″N 114°10′32″E / 22.30934°N 114.17561°E / 22.30934; 114.17561Coordinates: 22°18′34″N 114°10′32″E / 22.30934°N 114.17561°E / 22.30934; 114.17561
Care systemPublic
FundingGovernment hospital
TypeDistrict General, Teaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Hong Kong and CUHK Faculty of Medicine
NetworkKowloon Central Cluster
Emergency departmentYes, accident and emergency and trauma centre[1]
Opened6 September 1963; 58 years ago (1963-09-06)
ListsHospitals in Hong Kong
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese伊利沙伯醫院
Simplified Chinese伊利沙伯医院
Literal meaningElizabeth Hospital

The hospital was once the largest in the Commonwealth.[3]


Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1969

Queen Elizabeth Hospital was officially opened on 6 September 1963 by then-Governor of Hong Kong, Robert Black. At the time, it was the largest general hospital in the British Commonwealth, built at a cost of HK$70,300,000.[4] Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh laid the hospital's foundation stone on 7 March 1959.[5]

The hospital is now a major acute general hospital in Kowloon. It has 1,906 beds and 13 clinical departments, and a staff force of about 6,850.[2] It serves an effective population of about 900,000 and about one-third of all cancer patients in Hong Kong. It is the largest acute hospital in Hong Kong despite not being a university hospital.

The hospital has a full complement of services including 24-hour Accident and Emergency and specialist services. Clinics are located at three different sites to serve the district. They are the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Specialist Clinic, Yau Ma Tei Polyclinic, and the 'L' Block Clinic.

The hospital provides high-intensity care for all clinical specialties, and a tertiary referral centre for major specialties. It is also a teaching centre for basic and post-graduate training of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Through its cluster network, the hospital is closely linked with Kwong Wah Hospital and the United Christian Hospital for acute services, as well as Kowloon Hospital and Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital for convalescent rehabilitation and hospice services. Other general and speciality services are supported by Wong Tai Sin Hospital, the East Kowloon Clinic and Pamela Youde Clinic.

To enhance community participation, an annual health promotion programme and a patient resource centre were established in 1993, giving support to seven self-help patient groups. The hospital organised a Healthwork Campaign for the staffs of 28 hotels in Yau Tsim Mong District, and formed partnership programmes with the Hong Kong Hotels Association in 1995–96.

In 1994–96, the hospital completed some major service expansion projects. They included the provision of an Open Heart and Thoracic Surgical Services and an Adolescent Medical Centre.

A 24-hour multidisciplinary trauma service was introduced in 1995–96, and various patient-centred services re-organisations were introduced. The medical record system and electronic medical record systems were also introduced in phases beginning in 1994.

The hospital pioneered a two-year training posts of Family Physicians in QEH in July 1996 to promote high quality health care practitioners and expanded the initiative into a wider programme with corporate support in 1997. It is now an established mandate for HA.

To meet growing demand for its services, a number of renovation and reconstruction projects were carried out. These include air conditioning for all hospital wards by the end of 1996. With a donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Jockey Club Institute of Radiotherapy and Oncology, and the Jockey Club Institute of Radiology and Imaging were redeveloped. Redevelopment of the Ambulatory Care Centre, with specialist clinics, day surgery and rehabilitation services included under one roof, was completed by 1997. The new Rehabilitation Block opened for service in 1999, and a new surgical centre with 21 operating theatres opened in 2000.

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  1. ^ a b http://shatinsj.org/ambaid/ambaid007.php
  2. ^ a b "Hospital Authority Annual Report 2016-2017" (PDF). Hospital Authority. 2017.
  3. ^ "Description: Hong Kong under the microscope. Hong Kong's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the largest general hospital in the Commonwealth".
  4. ^ "Opening Today: Largest General Hospital in the Commonwealth". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. 6 September 1963. p. 23.
  5. ^ "Duke lays foundation stone of Orient's largest hospital". South China Sunday Post – Herald. Hong Kong. 8 March 1959. p. 1.

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