The Duchess of Kent Childrenˇ¦s Hospital at Sandy Bay

Located at Sandy Bay in Pokfulam, the Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital at Sandy Bay was formerly run by the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children, a voluntary body established in 1953. The hospital has 133 beds and a staff force of over 250, provides specialist services in paediatric orthopaedics, spinal surgery, paediatric neurology, developmental paediatrics and paediatric dental surgery, serving child patients from throughout the territory. It also provides treatment, rehabilitative services and accommodation for patients over 18 years old, especially orthopaedic patients with spinal problems.

The hospital is a renowned centre for the treatment of paediatric orthopaedic problems such as scoliosis, spinal deformities and cerebral palsy as well as provides treatment for children with neuro-developmental disorder, neurological and degenerative diseases. It also serves as a training centre for local and overseas orthopaedic surgeons, paediatric neurologist, and developmental paediatrician.

The hospital has an excellent reputation in the management of spinal deformities, not only in Hong Kong but also world-wide. Complicated cases that cannot be dealt with in neighbouring Asian countries are constantly being referred to the hospital for treatment.

The Children's Habilitation Institute (CHI) is the only center within the Hospital Authority with the facilities of child assessment services - a continuum habilitation and rehabilitation program. Children with various neuro-developmental problems are managed through a transdisciplinary team approach. It also serves as a model center for habilitation and rehabilitation of children with chronic handicap in China and in South East Asia. In addition, it is the first and only international center to be subscribed for the use of ˇ§Wee FIMˇ¨ (Functional Independence Measure for children) for outcome measure of rehabilitation.

To further develop into a tertiary center, CHI has expanded its services, including motor rehabilitation management of spasticity such as selective dorsal rhizotomy and Botulinium toxin injection, oromotor assessment and rehabilitation, communication and visual rehabilitation, auditory rehabilitation with cochlear implant, neuro-pulmonary rehabilitation including sleep studies and rehabilitation program for ventilator dependent children, etc.