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Hospital Authority closely monitors service demand on New Year holiday
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Hospital Authority (HA) spokesman today (December 29) announced that the authority will continue to closely monitor the service demand in Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments and for inpatients on the New Year holiday and the following days. Public hospitals have strengthened manpower to ascertain proper service provision. The HA has also enhanced holiday general out-patient clinic (GOPC) services, in order to cope with increasing service need from members of the public and to alleviate the service pressure on A&E Departments during the long holiday.
     Increased activity in influenza and some respiratory pathogens has been observed recently. The HA anticipates that the service demand in public hospitals will continue to rise during the New Year holiday and the following days. The HA spokesman said, "The HA will closely monitor various statistics. Public hospitals have implemented various measures according to the preparedness plan, including opening temporary beds and mobilising hospital beds flexibly, enhancing support for discharge procedures, etc, amid increasing manpower to alleviate the pressure of A&E and inpatient services."
     Eighteen GOPCs will provide public holiday GOPC services on the New Year holiday (January 1, 2024) (see table below). Patients may book an appointment either through the telephone appointment system or the "Book GOPC" function of the "HA Go" mobile app.
     The spokesman urges non-urgent patients to avoid attending A&E Departments. They are advised to attend GOPCs, private doctors or the 24-hour clinics of private hospitals as far as practicable. To choose a suitable family doctor and related clinic service, members of the public can browse the Primary Care Directory of the Health Bureau (www.pcdirectory.gov.hk).
     Meanwhile, the HA also appeals to members of the public to get vaccinated early for seasonal influenza and COVID-19, especially high-risk groups, to reduce the chance of getting infected for themselves and their family members. Members of the public may find details at the Centre for Health Protection COVID-19 Vaccination Programme website  (www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/106934.html) and the Vaccination Schemes website (www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/17980.html).
     The HA will continue to closely monitor the situation and flexibly deploy resources and manpower when necessary, and will keep increasing its service volume, in order to provide appropriate services for patients.

     GOPC service arrangements for the New Year holiday (January 1, 2024):
Region List of GOPCs Address Telephone number for booking General enquiries
Hong Kong Island Aberdeen Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 10 Aberdeen Reservoir Road, Aberdeen 3543 5011 2555 0381
Shau Kei Wan Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 1/F, 8 Chai Wan Road, Shau Kei Wan 3157 0077 2560 0211
Violet Peel General Out-patient Clinic LG, Tang Shiu Kin Hospital Community Ambulatory Care Centre, 282 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai 3157 0000 3553 3116
Kennedy Town Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 45 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town 3543 5088 2817 3215
Kowloon Kwun Tong Community Health Centre UG/F, 60 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong 3157 0687 2389 0331
Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital Family Medicine Clinic G/F, Out-patient Block, Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital, 118 Shatin Pass Road, Wong Tai Sin 3157 0118 2354 2267
Robert Black General Out-patient Clinic 600 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong 3157 0113 2383 3311
Yau Ma Tei Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 1/F, 145 Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei 3157 0880 2272 2400
Cheung Sha Wan Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic 2 Kwong Lee Road, Cheung Sha Wan 3157 0122 2387 8211
New Territories Lady Trench General Out-patient Clinic 213 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan 3157 0107 2614 4789
Lek Yuen General Out-patient Clinic G/F, 9 Lek Yuen Street, Sha Tin 3157 0972 2692 8730
Shek Wu Hui Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic G/F, 108-130 Jockey Club Road, Shek Wu Hui, Sheung Shui 3157 0965 2670 0211
Tai Po Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic G/F, 37 Ting Kok Road, Tai Po 3157 0906 2664 2039
Tseung Kwan O (Po Ning Road) General Out-patient Clinic G/F, 28 Po Ning Road, Tseung Kwan O 3157 0660 2191 1083
Tuen Mun Clinic 11 Tsing Yin Street, San Hui, Tuen Mun 3543 0886 2452 9111
Yuen Long Jockey Club Health Centre 269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long 3543 5007 2443 8511
Ha Kwai Chung General Out-patient Clinic 77 Lai Cho Road, Kwai Chung 3157 0100 3651 5411
North Lantau Community Health Centre 3/F, North Lantau Hospital,
8 Chung Yan Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island
3157 0106 3467 7374
Service hours: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Ends/Friday, December 29, 2023
Issued at HKT 14:35
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