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History

Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH), opened in 1990, is the major acute hospital of New Territories West Cluster of Hong Kong Hospital Authority serving a population of 1.2 million in the northwest region of Hong Kong. It provides in-patient, ambulatory and community care services with a comprehensive range of clinical specialities and allied health services. The hospital is headed by a Hospital Chief Executive and under the Hospital Governing Committee.

Profile

TMH has 1900 beds with over 7,000 staff. Oncology (nonsurgical) and palliative care services are provided by the Department of Clinical Oncology through an integrated approach. The department sees more than 3,000 new cancer patients per year and has 16 qualified clinical oncologists with 8 also qualified in palliative medicine, and 14 residents. There is also a dedicated team consists of medical social workers and clinical psychologists in the department to provide psychosocial care.

The oncology centre is the first one in Hong Kong to provide a comprehensive oncology service from diagnosis to end-of-life care. The Department of Clinical Oncology adopts an integrated approach in providing radiation oncology, medical oncology, palliative care and hospice services. There are 48 oncology beds, 43 palliative care & hospice beds, out-patient clinic, Hospice Day Centre, Ambulatory Chemotherapy Centre, Cancer Patient Resources Centre, and Child and Family Bereavement Centre under the department. Radiation oncology facilities include four linear accelerators, one linac based radio-surgery system, one integrated remote afterloading brachytherapy system and one CT simulator providing high-tech treatment from 3D conformal to intensity modulated and image guided radiotherapy.

The centre partners with various non-government organizations in enhancing psychosocial support to cancer patients. The first Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre outside United Kingdom was established at TMH in 2008.

Specialities

TMH has 18 specialities including Accident & Emergency, Anaesthesiology & Operating Theatre Services, Intensive Care, Clinical Oncology, Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Ear Nose and Throat, Medicine & Geriatrics, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Clinical Pathology, Primary & Community Health Care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre, Rehabilitation, and Community Nursing Services. A full range of allied health services are also provided, including Dietetics, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Prosthetic-orthotic Services, Speech Therapy, Audiology, Podiatry, Clinical Psychology and Optometry.

Palliative and Supportive Care

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Palliative care service for cancer patients is provided by a multi-disciplinary team comprising palliative care specialists, nurses, clinical psychologists, social workers, dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chaplains and volunteers. The service includes out-patient clinics, in-patient care, day care, home care and bereavement. There are dedicated clinics and programmes to deal with specific symptoms such as breaking bad news clinic, pain clinic, ascites clinic, lymphedema programme. Various integrated cancer care pathways are established including cancer pain, brain metastasis, end-of-life care. A dedicated Child and Family Bereavement Centre has been established to provide psychosocial support for the family members of deceased patients. In addition, integrated Chinese and Western medicine programme has been established for symptom control.

Last update: November 2020

Tuen Mun Hospital, New Territories, Hong Kong

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