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Opening of Wu Ho Loo Ning Cataract Centre (with photos)

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The grand opening ceremony of the Wu Ho Loo Ning Cataract Centre under the Hospital Authority (HA) Kowloon East Cluster (KEC) was held today (November 17).  With the new centre in place, the capacity of cataract surgery performed in KEC will be doubled up to 5 000 cases annually and patients' waiting time will be shortened to less than two years. The cataract centre in Tseung Kwan O Hospital was established with the generous donation of $18 million by the Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation.

     The officiating guests of the ceremony today include Director of Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation, Dr Philip Wu; HA Chairman, Mr Anthony Wu; HA Chief Executive, Dr Leung Pak-yin; Dean of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, Professor Lee Sum-ping; and Cluster Chief Executive of KEC, Dr Joseph Lui.

     In his welcoming speech, HA Chairman, Mr Anthony Wu said, "HA aims to shorten the waiting time of cataract patients. We not only allocate more resources and manpower with flexibility, but also focus on training specialists to help more patients."

     Director of Wu Ho Loo Ning Cataract Centre, Dr Kenneth Li added, "There are two operating rooms set up in the centre designating for cataract surgery. Design of the centre and sophisticated equipments can also increase efficiency of operations. Apart from serving patients, the centre will also be a specialist training base in future."

     The KEC will be responsible for the management and clinical service of the centre whilst The Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong will provide training and prospective audit to the centre ensuring high quality and safety services are provided to patients.

Ends/Thursday, November 17, 2011
Issued at HKT 20:06


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