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    Private consultation/delivery in Queen Mary

    Hi,

    We have just discovered that my wife is 8-week pregnant and we are hoping to go for private consultation in Queen Mary and to give birth there. Anybody has any idea whether it is good to go private in Queen Mary, any suggestions on which doctor to go for and roughly how much it will cost?

    Would be grateful if any of you can share your experience as private patients in QM. It would greatly help if we can get some advice and tips on what to expect and watch out for.

    Many thanks.

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    Hi Dad1.

    I am off to Queen Mary on Wednesday to get some info on all aspects of the hospital. I am wondering the same things. If you find out anything - please share!!

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    Hi Dad1 and MisB,
    I gave birth last Nov 07 in QMH as private patient. From my experience, you will not be able to book yourself as private patient until your admission day. I was treated just like everyone, going to the assigned check-up dates, to different nurses and very occasional doctors in different maternity centres, Tsan Yuk and one in Wanchai. So when i was due, i admitted myself fearing i may deliver at night, which i did, 2 days early. So then, i got myself a semi-private room. There is only 1 private room and 6 semi. Luckily, no one shared the room with me, so i was alone. I would say, my experience was generally good. One thing is my bill in the end came out around 50,000+. Coz once you got in a private room, they take you as private patient in all things and everything is chargeable. So, essentially, it might be similar to private hospital. I would recommend you to go private in QMH, if u r at risk pregnancy (older/multiple/overdue/baby in wrong position or placenta problem, etc). If not, better to just admit as regular in public ward, you only pay like HK$250-500, or go completely private to private doctor.
    If u would like further details, let me know.
    Good luck!
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    Thanks babymama for your sharing. MisB, I hope you will have a fruitful visit.

    To my knowledge, and correct me if I am wrong, there is a difference between "giving birth" in a private ward and being taken on as a "private patient" from the start. Starting the regular check-ups in places like Tsan Yuk means you are in the "public queue" - and paying the regular public price.

    On the other hand, if you are registered as a private patient in QM, you will first need to identify a doctor/professor to take up you case and he or she will refer you to do the various tests once your consultation process has begun.

    While it is quite apparent that switching from the "public" queue just before giving birth to a "private" ward in QM would provide the mother the associated comfort and being the most economic route other than delivering in the general public ward, I guess what you do not get is the choice for a particular doctor/specialist to see through your pregnacy - a plus you will get if you are registered as a private patient from the start.

    This is only the impression i got from researchs and word of mouth so far - because we have yet to go for the first consulatiton. Can any of you enlighten us on the following for private patients:

    1) Whether the same doctor will see through the course of pregnancy?

    2) The usual consultation/test charges aside, will we be billed a huge bill as a private patient if my wife suddenly develops some complications and needs to be admitted for a certain period of time before her baby is due? Or will she be admitted as a general public patient despite she was in private consultation with a QM doctor?

    3) When she delivers, will it be the same doctor she has been seeing who will handle the baby's delivery?

    4) Will a private/semi-private room be guaranteed for someone who is registered as a private patient from the start rather than, similar to babymama's case, switch in the later stage of the pregnancy?

    Looking forward to your views.

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Dad1; 12-09-2008 at 04:30 PM.

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    Hi Dad1,
    I know the difference of being admitted in "private room" and "private patient". But, I don't know if you will be able to book yourself as "private patient" in QM from the start. From my experience, No. But you should probably clarify with QM Obstetric dept. So, to your questions, 1 and 3 - i don't know, but probably NO. Q2 - yes, they will charge for every night and medicines and injections. Q4 - as I remember, you cannot book any private room until you are admitted.

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    Hi Dad1

    I was registered at QM as a private patient initially and later re-register as a public patient after I got my HKID as a public patient you need to provide your proof of address.

    Yes you can register as a private patient anytime. You go directly to QM and all you check up are done at QM. As a private patient you can choose the doctor you want and he/she will see you through all your check up and yes he will be the one who deliver the baby.

    As a public patient you would need to register at Tsak Yuk and all the check up is done in Tsak Yuk. You see a different doctor everytime you visit and you would never know who deliver your baby.

    You can PM me if you need more info.

    I hope the info helps.

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    Thanks for your help, ladies. Will write a few words about our experience after we have been to the first consultation.

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    By the way here are some details of the University of Hong Kong doctors running the OB team in Queen Mary. It has the clinic time and the staff list of specialists. This is the link:

    http://www.hku.hk/obsgyn/clinicalServ/clinicalServ.htm

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