Consultation Session on the District Health Centre Pilot Project in Kwai Tsing District (18 April)
The Food and Health Bureau has held a consultation with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and allied health professionals today on the District Health Centre (DHC) project. Here are some key points to note for the DHC model:
  1. The first DHC will be launched in Kwai Tsing district in third quarter 2019, and will be rolled out to all 18 districts.
  2. The centre will be funded by the Government with copayment by service users.
  3. District-based NGOs will be responsible for running the model and direct service provision.
  4. The DHC will focus on chronic disease prevention and management with respect to the specific needs of the district. The priority disease and health problems to target in Kwai Tsing are preliminarily set as:
    • Hypertension
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • Musculoskeletal Disorders (E.g. Preventing bone fracture)
    • Coronary Heart Disease
    • Stroke
    • Common risk factors (E.g. Obesity and overweight, smoking)
  5. Multidisciplinary services will be provided, include health assessment, case management as well as medication counselling.

PSHK has expressed our views on pharmacists’ roles in the DHC model:
  1. Provide medication review for cases referred from the Hospital Authority by community pharmacists;
  2. Provide consultation to patients by assessing their overall disease and medication profile, including prescribed medications, over-the-counter and self-purchase drugs or supplements, and also Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  3. Perform disease screening to enhance early diagnosis and early prevention;
  4. Educate public on disease prevention and management;
  5. Enhance the self-management capacity of patients.

We will keep you informed of the development of the DHC project. You are also welcomed to express your opinions to us at anytime for us to reflect to the Government.

Consultation Session on the District Health Centre Pilot Project in Kwai Tsing District