Ruttonjee Hospital

Ruttonjee Hospital is a hospital in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. It is affiliated with the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Hong Kong, and provides clinical attachment opportunities for the university's medical students.

Ruttonjee Hospital
Hospital Authority and the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association
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Ruttonjee Hospital, viewed from Queen's Road East
Ruttonjee Hospital is located in Hong Kong
Ruttonjee Hospital
Geography
Location266 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°16′34″N 114°10′31″E / 22.27604°N 114.17521°E / 22.27604; 114.17521Coordinates: 22°16′34″N 114°10′31″E / 22.27604°N 114.17521°E / 22.27604; 114.17521
Organisation
Care systemPublic
FundingGovernment hospital
TypeDistrict, Teaching
Affiliated universityLi Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
NetworkHong Kong East Cluster
Services
Emergency departmentYes, 24 hour Accident and Emergency
Beds600
HelipadNo
History
Opened1991; 30 years ago (1991); historical ties to Royal Naval Hospital (Hong Kong) (1841)
Links
ListsHospitals in Hong Kong
Ruttonjee Hospital
Traditional Chinese律敦治醫院
Simplified Chinese律敦治医院

HistoryEdit

 
Ruttonjee Hospital

Centrally located in Wan Chai, the Ruttonjee Hospital is a recently redeveloped hospital[when?] with a history that goes back more than 140 years. It was founded on the Mount Shadwell, Wan Chai site which was formerly occupied by the "Royal Naval Hospital", which was severely damaged during the Second World War.[1]

In 1949, the "Ruttonjee Sanatorium" (Chinese: 律敦治療養院; Cantonese Yale: Leuhtdēunjih Lìuhyéuhngyún) was set up with the support of Mr Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee in memory of his daughter, Tehmi Ruttonjee-Desai, who died of tuberculosis in 1943.[1] It was one of the main institutions specifically treating tuberculosis in Hong Kong. Development and expansion of the hospital was overseen by Sister Dr Mary Aquinas Monaghan, a missionary nun from Ireland.[2]

It was converted into the "Ruttonjee Hospital", a 600-bed general hospital, in 1991 not only because the number of patients suffering from tuberculosis had decreased, but also because patients are increasingly treated by out-patient chemotherapy.[3] The hospital now provides a wide range of services to meet the requirements of the community.

Since reconstruction, the hospital has become an acute general hospital with general medical and surgical specialities. It does not, however, provide paediatric, obstetric or gynaecological cover. Its surgical department enjoys high acclaim as the Ruttonjee is the only hospital in Hong Kong to provide gender-reassignment operations. The geriatrics service has also developed in recent years in response to the ageing population of the Wan Chai district.

ServicesEdit

  • 24 hour Emergency Department
  • Anaesthesia
  • Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit
  • Radiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Infirmary and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

OthersEdit

  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme
  • Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
  • Combined Endoscopy Unit
  • Community Geriatric Assessment
  • Electro-medical Diagnostic Unit
  • Geriatric Day Hospital
  • Health Resource Centre
  • Special Accommodation Ward
  • Specialist Out-patient Department
  • Volunteer Service

ControversyEdit

On 31 March 2010, the Hong Kong High Court approved a settlement in the legal action brought by British author Martin Jacques over the death of his wife Harinder Veriah. She was hospitalised in Ruttonjee Hospital after an epileptic fit on 1 January 2000 and died the following evening. The case seemed to expose racial prejudice and medical negligence by doctors and staff.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Royal Naval Hospital, Hong Kong, private website citing Harland, Kathleen, The Royal Navy in Hong Kong since 1841, Maritime Books, Liskeard, Cornwall, undated; and Melson, Commodore P.J., (ed.), White ensign – red dragon, Edinburgh Financial Publishing, Hong Kong, 1997
  2. ^ O'Neill, Mark (1 August 2019). "Last Word: Remembering Sister Mary Aquinas, who dedicated her life to fighting tuberculosis". Ariana Life. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  3. ^ Michael Humphries (1996). Ruttonjee Sanatorium: Life and Times. Hong Kong: The Sanatorium?.
  4. ^ McVeigh, Karen (31 March 2010). "Hospital pays compensation over 'racism' death". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2014.

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