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Clinic services during Chinese New Year holidays
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Hospital Authority (HA) today (January 26) announced that 13 general out-patient clinics (see table below) will remain open and increase service quotas by over 1 000 to cope with service demand in the coming Chinese New Year holidays from January 28 to 31. Members of the public are reminded to make advance booking through the telephone system as usual for appointments.

     The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments of public hospitals will also remain open as usual to serve the public with urgent medical needs during the Chinese New Year holidays. The Chairman of the HA's Central Coordinating Committee (A&E), Dr Li Kai-ming, said more patients are expected at A&E Departments during extended holidays. As a result, semi-urgent and non-urgent patients might have to wait longer for consultation and treatment. He appealed to the general public for understanding and co-operation during the wait.

     Dr Li said, "As the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays cover four days, the demand for A&E services will likely surge, especially at the latter part of the holidays and also on the first working day following the extended holidays. A&E waiting time information is available on the HA website and the 'HA Touch' mobile app. As an alternative, non-urgent patients are advised to consider seeking consultation at general out-patient clinics or primary clinics of private doctors."

     Dr Li also took the opportunity to remind people travelling outside Hong Kong during the holidays to avoid contact with birds or poultry and reveal their travel history to healthcare staff when seeking medical consultation. The general public should adopt a healthy lifestyle such as covering the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, maintaining proper hand hygiene and putting on a mask when developing symptoms of respiratory infections in order to avoid further spread of the disease. The general public is also advised to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine as early as possible to protect themselves and others.
     To facilitate public understanding of public hospital services during the winter surge, A&E waiting time information, key statistics such as A&E attendance, the medical in-patient bed occupancy rate and hyperlinks to private healthcare services websites are available on the HA website (www.ha.org.hk/goto/wintersurge/en) and the "HA Touch" mobile app. Members of the public are welcome to call the following hotlines for required information:
  1. HA Infoline: 2882 4866
  2. Hong Kong Medical Association Medilink: 90000 222 322 (operating from January 28 to 31)
    The HA wishes every member of the public a healthy and prosperous Year of the Rooster.
District Name of Clinic Booking Telephone Number General Enquiries
Hong Kong Island
Shau Kei Wan Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0077 2560 0211
Violet Peel General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0000 3553 3116
Aberdeen Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 3543 5011 2555 0381
Kowloon Kwun Tong Community Health Centre 3157 0687 2389 0331
Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital Family Medicine Clinic 3157 0118 2354 2267
Robert Black General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0113 2383 3311
Yau Ma Tei Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0880 2272 2400
New Territories Lady Trench General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0107 2614 4789
Lek Yuen General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0972 2692 8730
Shek Wu Hui Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0965 2670 0211
Tai Po Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 3157 0906 2664 2039
Tuen Mun Clinic 3543 0886 2452 9111
Yuen Long Jockey Club Health Centre 3543 5007 2443 8511

Consultation hours:
January 28 and 29 (Saturday and Sunday)
9am to 1pm
January 30 and 31 (Monday and Tuesday)
9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Ends/Thursday, January 26, 2017
Issued at HKT 10:00
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