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A Matter of Life and Death: Development of Emergency Medicine

A Matter of Life and Death: Development of Emergency Medicine

Date: 2023/9/16 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre)
Speaker: Dr WONG Tai-wai (former Consultant of Accident & Emergency Department of Kwong Wah Hospital and former President of Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine)
Organiser: Jointly organised with the TWGHs Records and Heritage Office
Enquiry: Conducted in Cantonese. Free admission. People who are interested can register via online or call Tung Wah Museum during office hours for reservation starting from 22 Aug 2023.
(Office hours: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays; Tel: 27700867) First-come, first-served.
Online registration:
If Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above or a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or "extreme conditions" announced by the Government is in force 3 hours before the event commences, the event will be cancelled or postponed.
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2770 0867

The Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department is the gateway to a hospital. People with all sorts of health conditions walk through its doors and are never turned away. How do the A&E doctors race against the clock to save patients from the brink of death? Hong Kong’s earliest A&E Department was established in Queen Mary Hospital in 1947. Before the Second World War, how were medical emergencies handled? After the war, Emergency Medicine has gone through various stages of development. In 1997, the Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine became a member of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, and training of specialists in Emergency Medicine was normalised. How do specialists in Emergency Medicine learn the many skills they are required to have?
This talk will give you a glimpse of the A&E Department while illustrating the history of Emergency Medicine as well as its relationship with Hong Kong's social development.