General Paediatrics including Community & Adolescent Medicine
There are seven main paediatric wards in the Department of Paediatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Three wards (7H, 6L, 6M) are allocated for general paediatrics; three wards (6H, 6K, 7K) are designated for newborn infants (inborn and outborn); and one ward in the Children’s Cancer Centre is for haematology and oncology patients.
There are a total of 168 paediatric inpatient beds and cots and approximately 10,000 children are currently admitted to these wards annually. There are approximately 40 doctors, 200 nurses and an annual budget of HK$100 million. The neonatal unit admits infants up to 28 days of age. The other wards take in children to 18 years of age. Part of neonatal ward area is designated as a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit admitting children below 12 years of age.
Ambulatory paediatric activities take place in the Li Ka Shing Specialist Clinic. These outpatient clinics, general and speciality, are held on weekdays. Approximately 30,000 outpatients are seen annually.
Acute and emergency admissions are mainly via the Accident and Emergency Department of the Prince of Wales Hospital, but referrals are accepted from other regional hospitals in the New Territories East Cluster and from private hospitals. Elective admissions occur mainly via the Li Ka Shing outpatient clinics. The three general paediatric teams (A,B,C) accept acute and emergency admissions on a three day rotational cycle. Patients admitted directly to the paediatric or hospital intensive care units and subsequently transferred back to the general paediatric wards will be allocated according to the team on-call on the day of initial admission. Likewise acute admissions already under the care of particular team will return to that team for their longer term care.
All inpatients will be under the care of a general paediatric team, with subspeciality consultation and oversight as required. Psychiatric and adolescent consultation service is available from Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po.
A number of the Department’s research activities have a focus on general paediatrics and child health. Basic science focused research is also conducted but will typically involve members of the Department with subspecialty interests.
Selected Research Grants
Europrevall-INCO study: European Commission Funded study to investigate the prevalence, risk factors, pattern of sensitization of food allergy in China, Russia and India
GABRIELGene-Environmental study of childhood asthma: European Funded study to evaluate gene-environmental interaction in the manifestations of asthma
Comparative food allergy study in Children: RGC funded study to investigate urban-rural differences of food allergy in Chinese children
Microbial exposure and asthma in Chinese: RGC funded study to evaluate the role of microbial exposure and manifestations of allergic respiratory diseases
The Department holds regular weekly grand rounds, journal club, clinical update,audit and morbidity/mortality meetings.
Awards and Appreications
Prof. TF Fok: Teacher of the Year Award in the academic year 1996/97, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03. Master Teacher Award 2002/03. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Prof. Gary Wong: Teacherof the YearAwards for five consecutive years from 1996 to 2000, Master Teacher Award 2000/01. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Prof. Albert M. Li: Teacher of the Year Awards for five consecutive years from 2001 to 2005, Master Teacher Award 2005/06. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Prof. TF Leung: Teacher of the Year Award in the academic year 2006/2007, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Prof. Patrick Yuen: Teacher of the Year Award for four consecutive years from 2006-2009. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.