There is a huge demand for ophthalmology services in public hospitals, with approximately 130,000 people visiting the ophthalmology department of public hospitals each year. The waiting time for new cases and surgeries is measured in years at any time.
The ophthalmology department of the Hong Kong Island East Hospital's network has reintegrated resources and diverted general eye examinations and treatments to the Tung Wah East Hospital. The Eastern District Hospital focuses on eye surgery. By making good use of existing resources and manpower, it is expected that the waiting time for eye examinations can be reduced by about half.
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Under the reorganization plan, the ophthalmology department of Donghua East Hospital will be converted into an ophthalmology day hospital, which will provide general eye examinations and treatments, and patients can be discharged immediately after treatment.
Eastern District Hospital is responsible for handling more complicated ophthalmology cases and providing surgical services that require general anesthesia.
When the relevant plan was proposed, Dr. Gao Dequan, head of the ophthalmology department of Hong Kong Island East Hospital, pointed out that some eye examinations, such as fundus macular scans, have a large number of people in the Eastern District Hospital, and the waiting time can be as long as half a year. On the contrary, the staff of the East China Hospital is relatively sufficient. Keep the waiting time for eye examinations at 3 months.
Gao De said that it is hoped that this plan can divert patients with different needs, thereby shortening the waiting time for eye examinations and reducing the workload and pressure of the ophthalmology department of Eastern Hospital.
The current increase in the number of ophthalmologists in public hospitals is far behind the increase in the number of patients, which has caused great pressure on the ophthalmology department and the resignation of many middle-level doctors.
It is hoped that the plan can improve the working environment of ophthalmologists in order to retain more senior doctors.
Gao Dezheng said frankly that the plan involves adding new operating rooms and hiring additional clerks, and the cost is about millions of yuan per year.
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Gao Dezheng said that the Donghua East Hospital has about 20 inpatient beds since 1993. However, with the advancement of medicine and the assistance of medical equipment, many ophthalmology patients can be discharged immediately without the need for such inpatient beds.
He hopes that through this plan, the relevant bed resources will be allocated to the Eastern District Hospital, and the medical staff who originally worked in the ward of the Tung Wah Eastern Hospital can also be re-allocated to provide the hospital's daytime services.
The ultimate goal of the plan is that the ratio of ophthalmology patients in the East China East Hospital and the East District Hospital can be 8:2.
Gao Dezheng said that he most dislikes working in the emergency department and surgery, because these two departments have to face life and death.
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The reorganization plan was proposed as early as 2014, but it was not until September this year that ophthalmology patients from the Eastern District Hospital were transferred to the Donghua East Hospital for a period of three years.
Gaode is acknowledging that the process of formulating the plan is long, because the plan must go through a lot of discussion and negotiation, and it also involves different manpower and job deployment.
He plans to retire at the end of August this year, which means he will not be able to witness the implementation and results of the plan during his tenure.
He said frankly that "it is a pity," but he is still grateful that he can start the plan in person.
He also won the Hospital Authority’s 2021 Outstanding Staff Award. He said that he had never thought of winning the award and was happy to receive it.
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