What's New


New Maternity Unit Safe, Hi-Tech, Pleasant for Mothers and Newborns

To tie in with the new wards that opened in September 2009, HKSH relocated the Maternity Unit to the new floors. Exceptionally spacious and thoughtfully designed, all facilities including Delivery Suite, New Born Nursery, General Unit, Semi-Private Single Room, Private Room, Deluxe Room and Suite provide a safe, pleasant and private place for mothers, newborns and their families. The introduction of Semi-Private Single Room ensures higher degree of privacy that each mother enjoys a spacious single room and shares washroom facilities with a few other mothers. Each room is specially designed to maintain the privacy of mother and baby while breastfeeding. Besides, each room has a sofa bar for family members.


With the opening of new maternity wards on 27/F, 28/F and 29/F on 23 December 2009, the room charges under the existing maternity packages will be subject to adjustments for different room types. For more information, please click here.

To take better care of mothers and fetus in labour, further enhance baby safety and avoid possible human error, the Hospital has also introduced several systems, namely, Fetal Heart Monitoring (Cardiotocogram) System, Baby Security System and Mother-baby Matching System and IE buddy.

Fetal Heart (Cardiotocogram) Monitoring System
In obstetrical care, doctor's monitoring and continuous trace displays of fetus and mother in labour is of vital importance. On top of the existing Fetal Heart (Cardiotocogram) Monitoring System, an advanced version of the System is now in place in the new Maternity Unit. The new version enables doctors to closely monitor fetus and mother and helps ensure patient privacy.

  • Doctors can gain access to his / her patients from any PC on the hospital LAN or remotely via secure connection from home or clinic.
  • Directly linked with maternity unit (delivery suite) of the Hospital, the System provides real-time and continuous fetal and maternal surveillance and alerting, for example, fetal tachycardia and bradycardia. It makes doctors immediately aware of critical events and taking proper actions if needed.
  • To ensure patient privacy, HKSH incorporated a self-developed security system into the Fetal Heart Monitoring System. Unlike other similar monitoring systems in Hong Kong, individual HKSH doctor can ONLY access trace displays of his / her own patient(s). It safeguards patient privacy and puts patients' mind at ease.
  • The System will be put intoservice in January 2010.


Baby Security System In order to prevent infants from being removed from the Maternity Unit without authorization, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital 

(HKSH) introduced Baby Security System in its new Maternity Unit, which is first of its kind in Hong Kong.

  • Every infant wears a Hugs tag on the ankle and every exit point of the Maternity Unit is electronically monitoredto detect the tags. Only family and hospital staff can move infants freely within the protected zone. If anyone removes an infant without authorization, the system will alert hospital staff.
  • The Hugs tag contains a tiny radio transmitter. Once activated, the tag emits a special Heartbeat signal every 10 seconds. These signals indicate that the tag is present in the protected zone and is functioning.
  • If a tag in close proximity to an open exit is detected by the door monitors, an alarm occurs and the door will be locked.
  • If a tag has been cut, an alarm occurs.

Mother-baby Matching System

To ensure babies are correctly matched with their mothers every time they meet, HKSH installed also the Mother-baby Matching System in its new Maternity Unit. By wearing a small and comfortable Kisses tag, each mother is bonded with her infant's Hugs tag at birth and for the duration of their hospital stay. Every time the two are brought together (e.g. breastfeeding), an audible signal from the infant's tag automatically alerts staff of a mismatch.

IE Buddy (Patient Infotainment Terminal)

The IE Buddy will enable the following new features:

- PictureBuddy (Bedside Baby Photo Album)
- Enhanced User Experience on Windows Browsing
- Better, Safer Web Browsing Experience

Technology Enhances Safety

The IE Buddy also brings an array of functions that help enhance patient safety to a great extent. HKSH is proud to be the first hospital in Hong Kong to introduce this system to patients and service users.

(A) Viewing of Clinical Information

  • Patient Assessment Form
  • Allergy (if any)
  • Radiological images & reports
  • Laboratory results
  • Histopathology results
  • Nuclear medicine & PET reports
  • Patient record

(B) Verification / Data Entry / Ordering

  • Bedside medication verification
  • Patient assessment / record data entry*
  • Laboratory test ordering*
  • Radiology exam ordering*
  • Medication ordering*

* Upcoming IE Buddy functions

(C) Health Education
Patients can view at bedside a series of health education videos and feature articles produced by the hospital, which are informative and entertaining.

(D) Communication / Entertainment / Information

  • Broadband Internet Access
  • VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
  • Various TV channels (including HD TV)
  • Catering menu