The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society (HKACS) - Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Chinese Medicine Centre cum Integrated Chinese & Western Medicine Rehabilitation Unit was officially opened on 9 June.
The HKACS - HKBU Chinese Medicine Centre, which has been providing integrated Chinese and Western medicine inpatient services to cancer patients since 2009, has recently extended its scope of service to non-cancer patients. This is the first centre of its kind providing integrated Chinese and Western medicine inpatient services in Hong Kong.
Officiating at the event were Dr. Lam Ping-yan, Director of Health, Department of Health; Professor Ng Ching-fai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Dr. Ko Wing-man, Chairman of HKACS; Professor Liu Liang, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU; and Dr. Pamela Leung, Honorary Hospital Superintendent of the HKACS Jockey Club Cancer Rehabilitation Centre.
At the ceremony, Dr. Lam Ping-yan said the collaboration between HKBU and HKACS demonstrates the complementary advantages of Chinese medicine and Western medicine which will ultimately benefit the patients and is a step towards the integration of Chinese medicine and Western medicine.
In his speech, Professor Ng Ching-fai said HKBU has been promoting the development of Chinese medicine. The opening of the Integrated Chinese & Western Medicine Rehabilitation Unit paves way for Chinese medicine inpatient services as well as the establishment of a Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong.
Dr. Ko Wing-man regarded the opening of the new unit as an important step in serving as a role model for the management of a Chinese medicine hospital and the integration of Chinese medicine and Western medicine.
Located at the HKACS Jockey Club Cancer Rehabilitation Centre in Nam Long Shan Road in Wong Chuk Hang, the Chinese Medicine Centre has been offering a wide range of Chinese medical outpatient services as well as integrated Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine oncology specialist services to cancer patients since its inception last year.
HKBU recently enhanced its cooperation with HKACS by setting up the Integrated Chinese & Western Medicine Rehabilitation Unit, also located at the HKACS Jockey Club Cancer Rehabilitation Centre. A total of six beds at the unit are designated for cancer patients as well as stroke patients and those suffering from painful diseases. During their stay, patients will be advised by both Chinese Medical Practitioners and Western doctors and will receive intensive Chinese medical treatment using Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, tuina (Chinese massage manipulation), baguan (cupping), guasha (scraping), qigong, etc.
At the opening ceremony, Professor Liu Liang also presented a souvenir to Dr. Mak Kam-wing and Dr. Mak Pun-wing in recognition of the generous donation of HK$1 million by the Mak family to the HKAC-HKBU Chinese Medicine Centre.
(From left) Dr. Pamela Leung, Dr. Ko Wing-man, Dr. Lam Ping-yan, Mrs. Mariana Cheng, Honorary Vice-President of HKACS; Professor Ng Ching-fai and Professor Liu Liang officiate at the opening ceremony