Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry of Queen Mary Hospital was established in 1972. It is situated at 2/F-7/F, Block J, QMH.

The Western Psychiatric Centre (WPC) is incorporated to the Department from 1 October 1993. It is situated at 2/F – 4/F of South Wing and 2/F of North Wing David Trench Rehabilitation Centre (DTRC). It comprises an array of community psychiatry facilities including psychiatric out-patient clinic. The out-patient clinic provides follow-up treatment for discharged patients. It also receives new referrals from doctors in both public and private sectors. In line with the regionalization of medical services in Hong Kong, the Department provides comprehensive service to the Central, Western and Southern regions of Hong Kong, as well as the outlying islands (except Tung Chung New Town). Apart from out-patient consultation sessions, the clinic also organizes talks and seminars on mental health for the patients, carers and the public.

Our newly established service at WPC are Bipolar Affective Disorder clinic and Adult (life span) Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These are quaternary multi-disciplinary service for disorder specific patients.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Day Centre have two physical locations, so as to cope with the rapid expansion in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry service. One of them located at J5 of QMH providing individual assessment and training groups to patients with different diagnosis and age groups. The extension in Tsan Yuk Hospital (TYH) provides Nurse Assessment for case triage and management of complex / neurodevelopmental cases. Group training, community education and training programs are regularly held for the Child and Adolescent patients and their carers.

The Psychotherapy team is a newly established team since July 2018. Apart from providing intensive psychotherapy to those patients in needed, equipping the psychiatric trainees with psychotherapeutic skill is also another important role of this team.

The Community Psychiatry Team of the Department serves patients who require intensive support in community living. Home visit and outreaching services will be provided if necessary. The adult psychiatric day centre including the Phoenix Clubhouse provides community rehabilitation service to patients for recovery. It also has close liaison and working relationship with the Social Welfare Department and non-government organizations (NGOs) which provide psychiatric rehabilitation facilities in the community, e.g. halfway houses, Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness (ICCMW). The team also provides outreaching assessment for people who are suspected to have mental illness but are not willing to attend a clinic.

The Department also provides outreaching services the mental patients in the community, including old age homes, hostels for mental handicapped, Education Bureau and NGOs. The Department has a long tradition of providing care by a multidisciplinary approach and team members include psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, medical social workers, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital School teachers and dietitians.

The Department has close collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong in providing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and clinical research.

Our Services

The department provides multiple subspecialty psychiatry services through six clinical teams:

General Psychiatry Team 1 (including Consultation Liaison and Substance Abuse Service)
  • Consultation-liaison service is provided to Accident and Emergency Department (A&E), other in-patient wards in QMH and the cluster hospitals
  • Substance Abuse Service is provided pharmacological and psychological treatment to patients suffering from substance abuse disorder comorbid with other psychiatric disorder
General Psychiatry Team 2 (including Sleep Disorder Clinic)
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Team (including Comprehensive Child Development Service (CCDS) and Psychotherapy Team)
  • We provide comprehensive psychiatric services coverage including in-patient, out-patient, and day patient services. The target patients are those under the age of 18.
  • In order to facilitate the effective transitions of care across the mental health services for those patients with ADHD/ASD seen in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic, we will continue our comprehensive service to them in Transition clinic before they are transferred to our Adult ADHD / ASD clinic. Other disorder specific clinics include:
    • Adolescent clinic
    • Eating Disorder clinic
    • Tourette Syndrome & Tics Disorder clinic
  • Perinatal women are under Comprehensive Child Development Services (CCDS)
  • Patients with needs for intensive psychotherapy of different modalities belongs to the Psychotherapy team.
Community Psychiatry Team
  • Community psychiatric service provides supervision and support to the patients living in the community. It is also provided crisis intervention services to support mental illness in the community.
Psychogeriatric Team
  • Psychogeriatric team provides services to elderly patients who suffered from mental illness via various settings including in-patient, out-patient clinic, psychogeriatric day hospital and outreaching services to designated Care and Attention Home and private old age home.
Early Psychosis Team
  • The team takes care of patients aged 15-64 ages old with first episode of psychotic disorders