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Application for Hospital Privileges

Doctors are advised to study the guidelines & information for applicants before the application

Guidelines & Information for applicants

1. Code of Practice of PHA [pdf format]

2. Criteria & Category of Hospital Privileges

Category of Hospital Privileges granted
  1. Admission of patients
  2. Anaesthesiology
  3. OT : Surgical procedures relating to specialty / trainingI
  4. OT : Minimally invasive surgical procedures relating to specialty / trainingII
  5. OT : Minor surgical procedures onlyIII
  6. OT : Robotic assisted surgical proceduresIV (Da Vinci Xi / Makoplasty)
  7. OT : Procedures as specified
  8. Endoscopy : Bronchoscopy
  9. Endoscopy : Gastroscopy
  10. Endoscopy : Colonoscopy
  11. Endoscopy : ERCPV
  12. Cardiac Catherisation & InterventionV
  13. Lithotripsy
  14. Maternity
  15. Invitro-FertilisationVI
  16. Radiotherapy
  17. Haemodialysis & Peritoneal Dialysis
  18. ICUVII
  19. Transcatheter Renal Denervation (RDN)VIII
  20. Cyberknife IX

Remarks:
  1. OT : operation privileges are granted in accordance with the specialty / training of the doctor.
  2. OT : minimally invasive surgical privileges are granted in accordance with the specialty & training of the doctor.

    For gynaecology - there are 2 levels, intermediate and advanced.
    1. For Privileges to perform minor/intermediate procedures:
      - Gynaecologists who have been accredited by the HKCOG at the Intermediate Level (Levels 2 & 3 of the HKCOG Guidelines, excluding all Myomectomy and Hysterectomy operations).
    2. For Privileges to perform major/advanced procedures:
      - Gynaecologists who have been accredited by the HKCOG at the Advanced Levels (Levels 4 & 5 of the HKCOG Guidelines, including all Myomectomy and Hysterectomy operations).
  3. Not applying to Doctors with privileges item 3.
  4. There are 2 levels, Provisional & Full.

    (A) For Da Vinci Xi Privilege Applications - Surgeons who already have minimally invasive surgery privileges of the Hospital may apply for :
    - Provisional Privilege
    • Surgeons who have undergone a recognized course of training and could provide documentation of completion of:
      1. Basic System Training on the Si Console as certified by the Intuitive Surgical Inc.; or
      2. Refresher Course on the Si Console as certified by the recognized Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre, or
      3. Proof of Experience in Operating the Si Console and
      4. Hands-on Session on the Xi System as certified by Chindex Hong Kong Limited.
    - Full Privilege
    • Surgeons who
      1. fulfill the requirements of Provisional Privilege; and
      2. have been certified to have performed not less than 5 cases of Robotic surgery with any models of da Vinci system independently in another institution and assessed to be competent; or
      3. after certification, have undertaken a minimum of 5 cases as a primary surgeon operating together with another surgeon who has been granted with Full Privilege of Robotic Assisted Surgical Procedures.
    (B) For Makoplasty Privilege Applications – Specialists in Orthopaedics and Traumatology may apply for :
    - Provisional Privilege
    • Surgeons who have undergone a recognised course of training and have been certified.
    - Full Privilege
    • Surgeons who have undergone a recognised course of training and have been certified; and
    • Surgeons who have been certified to have performed not less than 3 cases of Makoplasty surgery independently in another institution and assessed to be competent; or
    • after certification, have undertaken a minimum of 3 cases as a primary surgeon operating together with a surgeon who has full Makoplasty Privilege granted by the Hospital and are assessed to possess the necessary skill by the Hospital Management Committee.
  5. Updated & Valid Irradiating Apparatus Licence (IAL) from Radiation Board is required.
  6. IVF (male procedures) granted to urologists upon application.
  7. Supplementary application is required. Applicants should have proper training and adequate experience in management of acute critical diseases in their field and they must accept, acknowledge, and abide by the Admission and Discharge Guideline for ICU of the Hospital.
  8. Supplementary application is required. There are 2 levels, Provisional & Full.
  9. Training Certificate from recognised institution is required.

3. Authority for granting or revoking hospital privileges

  • The authority to grant Hospital Privileges of the Hospital to registered doctors and dentists rests with the Hospital Management Committee.
  • The Hospital Management Committee is entrusted with the responsibility to review and deal with matters relating to Hospital Privileges granted to doctors and dentists from time to time as considered necessary.
  • The Hospital Management Committee reserves the right to suspend or revoke Hospital Privileges to doctors and dentists.
    • Who have committed any criminal offence or serious professional misconduct;
    • Whose registration has been suspended or removed from the General Register of the Medical/Dental Council of Hong Kong;
    • Whose management of patients does not measure up to a standard of high quality medical practice as judged by their peers;
    • Who have been reprimanded by the Medical/Dental Council for unethical conduct or behaviour.
    • Who have been found to be unfit, physically or mentally, to continue to practice medicine;
    • Who have repeatedly breached the policies, regulations and practices laid down by the Hospital.

4. Requirement for application


Any doctor or dentist must satisfy the following requirements before his/her application can be considered by the Hospital:
  • Current registration with the Medical/Dental Council of Hong Kong.
  • Specialist registration in a specialty with the Medical/Dental Council of Hong Kong; or Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, or equivalent qualification / training.
  • Evidence of good clinical training and experience (in particular relating to special procedures); and preferably have supervised training in a recognised institution for a minimum of 5 years post fellowship.
  • Good character and professional standing.
  • Subscription to medical indemnity insurance for private practice.

5. Application Procedures

5.1 Submission of the following documents to the Hospital Administration :
  • Recent Photo
  • Completed application form;
  • Copy of identity card;
  • Copies of diplomas and certificates;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Copy of Medical/Dental Council registration certificate;
  • Copy of current annual practicing certificate;
  • Copy of specialist registration certificate;
  • Copy of current medical indemnity insurance certificate (in the field of practice);
  • Two letters of reference from local medical/dental practitioners of good standing;
  • Evidence of training in special procedures (as applicable).

5.2 How to submit the documents to the Hospital

Please contact the Hospital Administration (telephone no. 2835 8800) for a copy of application form or download the application form from the Hospital's website (http://www.hksh.com/doctorsCorner/hosp_privilege.htm).

Completed application form together with the documents listed under paragraph 5.1 should be returned to the Hospital Administration Office at 38/F, Li Shu Pui Block, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, 2 Village Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.


5.3 Application result notification

Application processing normally takes 6-8 weeks. An interview will be arranged as an requirement of awarding Hospital Privileges. A letter will be sent to applicants by post to notify them their application result.

If joint management of patients is required, doctors should apply for the temporary hospital privileges, which such privileges may be granted to doctors / dentists for a specified period of time in a specified capacity. The applicant is required to complete a form to provide information for consideration by the Hospital Management Committee. The applicant must possess medical indemnity insurance for private practice.

6. Updating of Doctor's information

Doctors are required to send copies of their annual practicing certificate and medical indemnity insurance certificate, after annual renewal, to the Hospital to update the doctor's database. The Hospital conducts an updating of all doctor's personal data once every three years. Doctors are also required to inform the Hospital in writing whenever there is any change in personal or other data.



Last Modified: 4 August 2014