Private Healthcare Facilities Ordinance
In June 2017, the Private Healthcare Facilities Bill was introduced into the Legislative Council, and was passed by the Legislative Council on 15 November 2018. The Private Healthcare Facilities Ordinance (Cap. 633) has been gazetted on 30 November 2018.
The new Ordinance will soon replace Cap. 165 and Cap. 343, and further protect patient safety and rights through the introduction of a new regulatory regime for PHFs. Four types of PHFs are subject to regulation, namely hospitals, day procedure centres, clinics and health services establishments. The ORPHF is implementing the regulatory regime in phases based on the types of PHFs and their risk levels.
A day procedure centre (DPC) is any premises that are used, or intended to be used by registered medical practitioners or registered dentists for carrying out scheduled medical procedures on patients, without lodging. The period of continuous confinement for patient must be within the facility for not more than 12 hours. Also, the continuous confinement for any patient must be within the same calendar day.A DPC does not form part for the premises of a hospital.