Kwong Wah Hospital

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Kwong Wah Hospital is a major hospital
A hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment by specialized staff and equipment. Hospitals often, but not always, provide for inpatient care or longer-term patient stays....

 in South Kowloon
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 of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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. It is located at Waterloo Road
Waterloo Road, Kowloon
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 in Yau Ma Tei
Yau Ma Tei
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The former Main Hall Building of Kwong Wah Hospital is preserved and houses the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum is housed in the formly Main Hall Building of Kwong Wah Hospital, located at 25 Waterloo Road, Kowloon. Only this building was preserved when Kwong Wah Hospital was re-developed in 1958–1963...



The hospital began in 1911 as a Chinese medicine hospital operated by a local charity body. After the hospital grouped with Tung Wah Hospital
Tung Wah Hospital
Tung Wah Hospital is a hospital in Hong Kong under the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. Located above Possession Point, at 12 Po Yan Street in Sheung Wan, it is the first hospital established in Colonial Hong Kong for the general public in the 1870s.-History:The hospital was declared for construction...

 and Tung Wah Eastern Hospital
Tung Wah Eastern Hospital
Tung Wah Eastern Hospital is a hospital under the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.Opened in 1929, the hospital is located in So Kon Po, Causeway Bay and became a public hospital in 1991....

 to form the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals , with a long history from 1870, is the oldest and the largest charitable organisation in Hong Kong. Their education Services and Community Services to the community with a total of 194 service centres spreading over the territory of Hong Kong.Although it appears a...

, Kwong Wah gradually became a full scale hospital in both Chinese and Western medicine.

In the early days, the hospital offered medical service free of charge to those who could not afford it, with funding provided by local merchants. That tradition continues today.

The hospital played a major role in the SARS epidemic which made its way from Guangdong
Guangdong is a province on the South China Sea coast of the People's Republic of China. The province was previously often written with the alternative English name Kwangtung Province...

 province to Hong Kong early in 2003. On February 21, Liu Jianlun, a 64-year-old a Chinese doctor who had treated cases of SARS in Guangdong arrived in Hong Kong to attend a wedding. He checked into the Metropole Hotel (the ninth floor - room 911). Although he had developed symptoms on February 15, he felt well enough to travel, shop, and sight-see with his brother-in-law. On February 22 he sought urgent care at the Kwong Wah Hospital and was admitted to the intensive care unit. He died on March 4. About 80% of the Hong Kong cases have been traced back to this doctor. On February 25, the 53-year-old brother-in-law of the Guangdong doctor came to the Kwong Wah Hospital. He was not admitted that day but his illness worsened, and he was admitted on March 1. He died on March 19.

Notable people

Ma Ying-jeou
Ma Ying-jeou
Ma Ying-jeou is the 12th term and current President of the Republic of China , commonly known as Taiwan, and the Chairman of the Kuomintang Party, also known as the Chinese Nationalist Party. He formerly served as Justice Minister from 1993 to 1996, Mayor of Taipei from 1998 to 2006, and Chairman...

, the current President of the Republic of China
President of the Republic of China
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, was born in this hospital in 1950. This information is displayed in the Museum of the Hospital.

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