Kwong Wah Hospital (KWH)  in Hong Kong is set to open the new accident and emergency (A&E) department, which is nearly 2.6 times larger than the current department.

The Phase 1 building of the hospital’s redevelopment project has been completed, allowing for the opening of the new department.

Covering an area of approximately 6,400m², the new department includes additional facilities such as an emergency medicine ward, a 24-hour computerised tomography scan service, and isolation areas for infection control.

With the opening of the new department, the existing department on the ground floor of the east wing will be closed, and the entrance and drop-off point will be relocated.

The hospital expects that the increased capacity of the new department and the additional services will improve the waiting situation for patients.

The new A&E department will also enhance the Kowloon Central Cluster’s overall A&E services.

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KWH chief executive Dr Tang Kam-shing said: “The average daily attendance is around 300 at present. The capacity and facilities of the new A&E Department have been further enhanced, which can streamline the consultation process.

“The number of consultation rooms will increase once the new A&E Department commences service.”

In addition, the hospital will implement eAED and In Patient Medication Order Entry (IPMOE) in the new A&E department in line with the development of a ‘Smart Hospital’.