(added on 2014/10/17)
Different waiting time by location 等級有別
To enhance the transparency of health service delivery, waiting time for new case bookings at orthopaedics specialist out-patient clinics (SOPC) has been posted on the website of the Hospital Authority (HA) since July 31, 2014. The map shows the distribution of orthopaedics SOPCs and the waiting time for a new clinically stable orthopaedic patient by HA hospital clusters.
As indicated by pushpin symbols, there are currently 19 orthopaedics SOPCs in 7 hospital clusters. The size of the pushpins varies by the number of out-patient attendances in 2012/2013. The number of out-patient attendances was relatively evenly distributed in SOPCs in Kowloon West cluster. In other HA clusters, cases were clustered in some larger regional hospitals.
As depicted by graduated colours, the difference in waiting time for a newly referred orthopaedic case to receive specialist consultation could be more than 80 weeks. Population structure and variation of resource allocation may have affected the demand and supply for orthopaedics services, and consequently the waiting time for patients.
Data for the map were obtained from Hospital Authority.