Hong Kong, 2 June 2022 — The groundbreaking of the Chinese Medicine Hospital (CMH) and the Government Chinese Medicines Testing Institute (GCMTI) marked a new milestone for the development of Chinese medicine (CM) in Hong Kong. The two flagship projects are expected to be completed by 2025, with services commenced in phases.
Located in Pak Shing Kok in Tseung Kwan O, the CMH and the GCMTI cover 4.29 and 1.72 hectares of land respectively. The two projects are planned and coordinated by the Architectural Services Department and delivered by the contractor through a design-and-build contract. The CMH will be the first multi-storey hospital project adopting modular integrated construction technology.
The CMH will be developed into a local flagship CM institution and a change driver promoting the development of services, education, training, innovation and research of CM in Hong Kong. The CMH will provide clinical services of pure CM, CM playing the predominant role and integrated Chinese-Western medicine, covering inpatient and outpatient services. The CMH will also support the clinical placement of the three local universities and serve as a clinical training platform for CM practitioners. Concerning the promotion of CM research, the CMH will collaborate with universities and educational bodies in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas to conduct clinical research and other CM-related research.
The GCMTI, to be managed by the Department of Health, will specialise in testing and scientific research of CMs, focusing on research and establishing internationally recognised reference standards on the safety, quality and testing methodology of CMs through state-of-the-art technology. The GCMTI will continue to promote the standardisation and internationalisation of CMs. It will also empower the CMs industry through the transfer of testing technology to strengthen quality control of products, establish the brand image of Hong Kong’s CMs, and develop Hong Kong into an international hub for testing and quality control of CMs. The Government Laboratory will also set up laboratories in the GCMTI for CMs-related work. — Construction+ Online