Princess Margaret Hospital, the major provider of oncology services in the area, registered over 59,000 clinical oncology attendances in 2014, an increase of 10% in the past three years. Population of the area accounts for 11% of Hong Kong, and those families are also some of the most socially and financially fragile. The official poverty rate in the area is the 3rd highest in Hong Kong, making the free services provided by CancerLink Kwai Chung an essential lifeline.
CancerLink Kwai Chung is going to be a centre with a difference. It will allow us to expand our range of rehabilitation programmes, provide a stable venue for the wellness classes, as well as to add new and upgraded services such as in-house physiotherapist, diet and nutrition workshops. The centre will also provide our regular services, including a centralized hotline, peer support, psychosocial counselling, home care, palliative care, drug subsidies and hardship fund.
We project that 17,800 cancer patients, 4,800 family members and 740 of the general public will be served by CancerLink Kwai Chung in year 3 of the support centre operation.
What is CancerLink?
CancerLink support centre in Kwai Chung