Our goal is to provide undergraduate and postgraduate training to an international standard, offer a first-class orthopaedic service to the community, enhance basic and clinical research, foster strong links with reputable regional and international orthopaedic centers, and maintain the international character of the department.
The department has access to some 400 beds in four hospitals: 132 beds in Queen Mary Hospital; 85 beds in The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital; 80 rehabilitation beds in Fung Yiu King Hospital (FYKH); and 100 rehabilitation beds in the MacLehose Medical Rehabilitation Centre (MLMRC).
Queen Mary Hospital is one of the biggest hospitals on Hong Kong Island with over 1,000 beds, an Accident and Emergency Department, and all major medical and surgical specialties represented, including treatment of the entire range of musculoskeletal problems. It is a tertiary and quaternary referral centre for a number of conditions, including musculoskeletal tumours and spinal deformities. It also serves as the main teaching hospital of HKU’s Faculty of Medicine.
The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized for its treatment of paediatric orthopaedic problems and spinal deformities. To date, it remains the only paediatric hospital in Hong Kong. It has an excellent medical record system. More recently, it was one of the first hospitals in Hong Kong to adopt a digital radiography system to facilitate the permanent storage and ease of retrieval of images. It has celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2005.
Fung Yiu King Hospital and MacLehose Medical Rehabilitation Centre is for patients requiring longer term rehabilitation after initial treatment in Queen Mary Hospital. Both have day and in-patient facilities and are specifically designated to look after particular categories of patients (see later section on Rehabilitation).
The department is divided into eight independent sub-specialty divisions, Each headed by a division chief with autonomy in organizing its service, teaching and research.