SCM advocates Chinese medicine teaching hospital for Hong Kong

7 February 2013

 

The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has formed a working group to advocate the setting up of a Chinese medicine teaching hospital in Hong Kong and to bid for the southern part of the former Lee Wai Lee Institute site for the construction of the teaching hospital. The School held a media session today (7 February) to explain the urgent need for a Chinese medicine teaching hospital in Hong Kong and why the Lee Wai Lee site is the most ideal location for the hospital. Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU, said that a teaching hospital is an indispensable part of medical education and serves as a base for clinical teaching and learning, clinical internship and clinical research. Since there is no Chinese medicine teaching hospital in Hong Kong, Chinese medicine students have to go to Chinese medicine hospitals on the Mainland for practicum and internship. Due to the difference in the healthcare systems in Hong Kong and the Mainland, the knowledge and experience that the local Chinese medicine students acquire on the Mainland cannot be fully applied in Hong Kong. In addition, Professor Lu said there is a high demand for Chinese medicine in-patient services in Hong Kong and the School of Chinese Medicine of HKBU is in the best position to establish a Chinese medicine teaching hospital. He is of the view that the Government should not delay the matter and should grant HKBU a site on which to build a Chinese medicine teaching hospital so as to cater to the needs of the community. Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President and Director of the Clinical Division of SCM, HKBU, pointed out that the former Lee Wai Lee Institute site is the best location for constructing the Chinese medicine teaching hospital. He said that a teaching hospital adjacent to the School of Chinese Medicine would offer great convenience and efficiency – the teachers would be able to engage in clinical teaching and research and the students could undertake clinical practicum and internships without travelling long distances. The Lee Wai Lee Institute site in Kowloon Tong is surrounded on three sides by the HKBU campus and is right next to the School of Chinese Medicine Building. There are no other sites suitable for a Chinese medicine teaching hospital in the vicinity of the HKBU campus. Professor Bian added that as it will be the first Chinese medicine teaching hospital in Hong Kong, a prime urban location would be much more convenient for patients. In addition, Mr. Yu Siu-chun, a Chinese medicine alumnus of HKBU who is now practising at the HKBU Chinese medicine clinics, shared why he cannot practise all he learnt during his clinical internship on the Mainland. The SCM working group will organise a series of activities, including surveys to solicit support from the Chinese medicine sector, patients and the community for the establishment of a Chinese medicine teaching hospital. ~ END ~ Media enquiries: Connie Ko of the HKBU School of Chinese Medicine (3411 2132) or Jasmine Lau of the Communication of Public Relations Office (3411 7828 or 7472 2122).

 

(From left) Mr. Wong (the patient); Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President and Director of the Clinical Division of SCM, HKBU; Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine; and Mr. Yu Siu-chun, a Chinese medicine alumnus of HKBU, explain the urgent need for a Chinese medicine teaching hospital in Hong Kong

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