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Message from the Executive Director
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Message from the Executive Director

We are all proud of Hong Kong, a city with remarkable economic achievements. What makes it even more commendable is that people from all walks of life enjoy a certain degree of medical protection , making Hong Kong one of the cities in the world with highest average life expectancy. Even though the Government has allocated 17% of its recurrent expenditure to public health care, the changing demographic structure, aging population and shortage in medical professionals pose tremendous pressure on the local health care system. Fortunately, many caring community organizations continue to offer appropriate services to the needy which help alleviate problems arising from limited public resources.

Adhering to the principle of "Hospital without Walls" by our founder Dr Paterson, UCN is the pioneer in primary health care services and has been dedicated to providing professional, comprehensive and affordable medical services to the public. Since its establishment in 1972, UCN has been responding to the needs of all sectors of the community and set up community health centres in Kowloon and in the New Territories to provide "one-stop" service including out-patient, health check-up and health education to promote the idea of "Leading a Healthy Life". Our Jockey Club Wo Lok Community Health Centre and Jockey Club Tin Shui Wai Community Health Centre are accredited by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians as Family Medicine Training Centres, offering training and internship opportunities to medical students. Our 46 year hard work has earned us a good reputation. We will continuously promote "Family Medicine" and "Primary Health Care" to contribute to the well-being of the community.

Elderly Health is one of our key concerns. With the funding from the "Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Community Geriatric Health Maintenance Program", UCN has been able to provide affordable health assessment and maintenance services for the elderly aged 60 or above since 2005. Last year, around 6,700 elderly benefitted from the program. Besides, UCN actively takes part in the Community Care Fund Elderly Dental Assistance Programme to provide good quality and affordable dental services to the low-income elderly.

In view of the increasing acceptance and popularity of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong, UCN has set up Chinese medicine clinics in different districts since 2003. Our registered Chinese medicine practitioners deliver comprehensive services to help patients improve their physical fitness and enhance their quality of life. We regularly organize educational activities of different health issues such as cancer to enhance people's health knowledge for better prevention and cure. UCN is also actively involved in the study of new therapies to meet the needs of different patients. The tripartite programme by our Clinical Research & Training Centre, the Hospital Authority and the Chinese University of Hong Kong on a clinical study "Acupuncture and Herbal Moxibustion for Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms" to investigate the effectiveness and efficacy related to the treatment of nasal allergic issues is an example. It is expected to benefit more patients in the future.

To cope with the development of Tin Shui Wai, Jockey Club Tin Shui Wai Community Health Centre was established in March 2012. Besides being a Training Centre of Family Medicine, the centre is a certified member of the "Health Promoting Hospital and Health Services" scheme under WHO collaborating centre. The centre was an awardee of "Age-Friendly Hong Kong Appreciation Scheme 2014", the "Social Capital Builder Awards 2016-2018" and "SEE Mark – Advanced", recognizing its contribution to the society.

We are committed to delivering continuous, comprehensive and holistic health care services to the needy in the community.

Executive Director