Territory: Hong Kong
Temporary Community Facilities under the Hospital Authority (HA) in managing COVID-19 patients
Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority (HA) created temporary medical facilities in existing public spaces to guarantee healthcare accessibility throughout the pandemic. HA took advantage of the fact that Hong Kong is home to a number of large convention centers, which had been rendered idle because of the pandemic. To cope with the surge in COVID cases, the HA converted these convention centers and other public spaces into community facilities, with each facility able to accommodate hundreds of patients.
Though these facilities provided enough space, they still had to be extensively repurposed to make them suitable for infection control. Thus, the HA had to overcome limitations posed by each facility’s original infrastructure, location, size, and layout, and make them fit for a healthcare setting. Within weeks, the HA was able to repurpose these large facilities into suitable isolation centers. Each facility features an on-site electronic dashboard that displays vital signs and other necessary information. To maintain isolation and distancing, healthcare workers use tele-consultation to conduct regular checks on each patient. These measures eased the pressure on Hong Kong’s public hospitals and allowed it to successfully curb the pandemic.