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Centre of Surgical Outcome Research Established

With a generous donation from Wong Tze Lam Foundation, Hing Tak Charity Company Limited and the Wong family, CUHK established the Wong Tze Lam–Hing Tak Centre of Surgical Outcome Research. The centre is the first of its kind in Hong Kong with the mission of improving the quality of surgery through surgical outcome research by promptly identifying common complications and initiating measures to fix problems or reduce the risk of complications.

Based at the Prince of Wales Hospital, the teaching hospital for the Faculty of Medicine, the centre was inaugurated on 3 July. Officiating guests of the ceremony included Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung (2nd left), Vice-Chancellor of CUHK; Mr. Wong Yee-soong (4th right), Mr. Wong Yee-hou (4th left), Mr. Wong Yee-yeung (3rd left), and Prof. Wong Yee-ding Patrick (3rd right), representatives of Wong Tze Lam Foundation and Hing Tak Charity Company Limited; Prof. Fok Tai-fai (2nd right), Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK; Prof. Francis K.L. Chan (1st left), Dean of Medicine; and Prof. Paul B.S. Lai (1st right), chairman of the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, and director of the centre.

The Department of Surgery initiated a department-wide surgical audit programme in the hospital in January 2010 to audit patients undergoing surgical operations. The surgical teams produce monthly reports on post-operative surgical complications and mortalities for their specialists and trainees to go through all these cases monthly. The data collected through the surgical audits are made available on the departmental intranet so that continual self-monitoring could be conducted.