Chinese medicine hospital to be completed by 2025: health chief

The Chinese medicine hospital is expected to complete construction by 2025 and begin services in phases, said Food and Health Secretary Sophia Chan Siu-chee.

The establishment of the Chinese Medicine Hospital was one of the milestones in the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong, Chan wrote in his blog.

She said the hospital located at Pak Shing Kok in Tseung Kwan O will gradually come into operation from 2025, providing medical, surgical, gynecological, pediatric, orthopedic and acupuncture services.

The hospital will have 400 beds and should be able to accommodate around 310,000 outpatients per year. It would also collaboratively treat specific types of illnesses with Chinese and Western medicine.

Chan added that the hospital was built next to the government’s Chinese Medicines Testing Institute with an overall design blending Chinese and Western cultures.

The institute, run by the Ministry of Health, will specialize in testing and scientific research on Chinese medicines to establish internationally recognized benchmark standards for the safety, quality and testing methods of Chinese medicines.

This would facilitate the development of high-end Chinese medicine technological research, strengthen the quality control of Chinese medicine in the industry, and enhance the brand image of Hong Kong Chinese medicine.

Chan said the government will continue to promote the development of Chinese medicine and strengthen the role of Chinese medicine in public health to ensure citizens can receive appropriate medical services.