The International Patient Services at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH) takes a personalised approach to providing our guests with the most effective and efficient care possible. With a strong tradition of excellence in successful treatment and state-of-art facilities, the HKSH provides services for overseas patients who seek physician consultations, second medical opinions, specialised surgical procedures, and full range of comprehensive oncology treatments.

Our team is here to ensure personalized, seamless and streamlined services for patients seeking treatment in HKSH. Each visiting patient is assigned with a dedicated member of our medical concierge team, who offers personal assistance from the initial phone call to the post treatment records delivery. We hope, by supporting every aspects of the patient journey, to enable our patients to focus on treatment and recovery.


The Comprehensive Oncology Centre offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary cancer management to patients. The Centre, comprises a team of medical specialists and professional nurses, is equipped with high-end medical technologies and endeavours to provide quality clinical diagnosis and the most suitable treatment in various modalities, including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, radionuclide therapy and autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.

Supporting services of professional patient counselling, psychological support, pain management, physical fitness and dietary advices are also available.

Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancerous cells in the treatment area. It can damage the ability of cancer cells to proliferate without harming the surrounding normal cells.

There are unprecedented advances in radiotherapy technologies and techniques these years, many of which incorporate new concepts and skills to precisely locate tumours, instantly tailor the shape of X-ray beams and accurately deliver doses of radiation to moving tumours.

The HKSH introduced the Radixact X9 - next generation of helical radiation therapy technology and installed Asia’s first Unity MR Linac in HKSH Eastern Medical Centre, which is an important innovation allowing radiation to be aimed at tumours with extreme precision. For more information, please click here.

Systemic chemotherapy has been extensively used in cancer management. In highly chemo-sensitive cancers, such as lymphoma, leukaemia, and germ cell tumours, chemotherapy alone can be curative, whereas in other solid tumours chemotherapy can effectively reduce the chance of recurrence when used in conjunction with other therapies.

In advanced disease setting, chemotherapy often delays disease progression, controls symptoms, and improves quality of life.

The HKSH Medical Group provides two venues of Chemotherapy Day Centres and inpatient treatment if required; we strive to provide a reassuring, private and comfortable environment to patients and their family members during treatment. Every possible need will be catered to the best of our abilities by our professional oncology nurses to ensure a smooth and optimal patient journey.

Chemotherapy drugs are usually used in combination to maximise tumour cells killing through different mechanisms of action. They can be administered either before or after surgery or radiotherapy, and sometimes be given concurrent with radiotherapy. Most of these drugs are delivered to the body via intravenous route, but some drugs can be taken orally or even administered into the arteries, pleural cavity or peritoneal cavity, or directly into the surgical bed.

Since cytotoxic agents unselectively inhibit both normal and tumour cells, they do share some common toxicities, in particular to those fast-growing normal cells. General toxicities include bone marrow suppression leading to anaemia and increased infection risk, hair loss, and gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Some classes of drugs may demonstrate specific class effects, such as nerve toxicity, kidney toxicity, liver toxicity, or heart toxicity. Doctors will closely monitor the toxicity profile of each patient and employ various methods to effectively minimise these side effects.

Radionuclide therapy treats abnormal cells by radioisotopes emitting high-energy alpha and beta radiation. The radioisotopes are tagged with biochemical molecules in radiopharmacy laboratory as “therapeutic agent”. The compound follows metabolic pathway as an in-vivo carrier and brings the radioisotope to specific treatment targets. The high energy radiation maximises treatment effect at molecular distance. The role of this treatment modality has been well established for thyroid diseases, and it has emerged as an effective option for neuroendocrine tumours and prostate cancers in recent years.

Theranostics is a new concept in strategic treatment of cancer based on quantitative and longitudinal targeted molecular imaging, using the same biochemical molecules as imaging and therapeutic agents. Firstly, tracers with diagnostic radioisotopes (F-18, C-11, Ga-68, Tc-99m, I-123, etc.) are used for tomographic imaging with PET/CT and NM SPECT/CT to perform cancer staging, trace metastases, simulate treatment and predict effectiveness. Subsequently, tracers with therapeutic radioisotopes (I-131, Lu-177, Y-90, Ra-223 and Sr-89, etc.) emitting high energy radiation are applied to deliver highly specific treatment and their biodistribution inside body during therapy are captured for evaluation. Cancer therapy can thus be personalized and effectively monitored to improve survival and quality of life.

To ensure radiopharmaceutical quality and safety, a series of stringent tests are performed in our Quality Control Laboratory before patient use. Under the care by nuclear medicine specialists, radiographers and nurses in our private radiation isolation rooms, the safety and well-being of patients during treatment can be maximized.

With a comprehensive clinical setting, we are the only NMPET centre in Hong Kong capable of providing a one-stop full spectrum service of radionuclide therapy for different cancers and other metabolic diseases. The current scope of treatment services includes Lutetium-177 DOTATATE and Iodine-131 MIBG for neuroendocrine tumour, Lutetium-177 PSMA for prostate cancer, Iodine-131 for thyrotoxicosis and thyroid cancer, Yttrium-90 Microspheres for liver cancer, Ytrrium-90 Zevalin radioimmunotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Radium-223 Dichloride for bone metastases of prostate cancer and Strontium-89 Chloride for bone metastases palliation.

Molecular targeted agents are currently the focus of active cancer research. With better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of tumourogenesis of various cancers, drugs can be developed to interfere with specific molecular targets that are involved in the growth and spread of cancer.

For a specific targeted therapy to work, the corresponding molecular target must be present in the tumour cell, and this is usually verified by tumour biopsy or blood test. The drugs are either in the form of small molecular oral tablets (inhibitor) or given intravenously (monoclonal antibody).

In contrast to chemotherapy which makes no distinction between normal and cancer cells in its attack, targeted therapy causes less damage to normal cells and is therefore associated with less treatment side effects; a wide variety of targeted drugs have been approved for the treatment of:
  • Breast Cancer (e.g.Herceptin, Pertuzumab, Olaparib)
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colorectal cancer (e.g. Bevacizumab, Cetuximab and Panitumumab)
  • Glioblastoma
  • Kidney Cancer (e.g. Cabozantinib, Sunitinib, Pazopanib, Axitinib, Lenvatinib, Sorafenib)
  • Leukaemia (e.g. Imatinib)
  • Liver Cancer (e.g. Sorafenib, Lenvatinib, Regorafenib)
  • Lung Cancer (e.g. Erlotinib, Gefinitib, Afatinib, Decomitinib and Osimertinib)
  • Lymphoma (e.g. Mabther/Rituximab)
  • Multiple Myeloma.
  • Ovarian Cancer


Under normal circumstances, an immune response is triggered when cancer cells are identified by the immune system. However, certain types of cancer may interfere with this mechanism and suppress immune responses, making one prone to cancer attack.

There are several forms of immunotherapy on the market. They can either help the immune system to recognise the cancer, or stimulate the immune system in various ways. Checkpoint inhibitor is a class of drugs (e.g. Pembrolizumab, Nivolumab, Atezolizumab, Durvalumab, Avelumab) that can successfully treat cancers such as:
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma


Hormone therapy, also called endocrine therapy, is a cancer treatment that slows or stops the growth of cancer that is dependent on hormones to grow. Hence, hormone therapy is commonly used to treat breast cancers and prostate cancers. It may be given in different ways, such as oral route, injection, or surgery to remove the hormone-producing organs (ovaries or testes).

70-80% of breast cancer patients belong to the hormone-receptor positive category. Hormone-receptor positive patients will derive benefits from hormone therapy in the adjuvant setting after breast surgery (Tamoxifen with or without Gonadotrophin releasing hormone analogue for premenopausal patients, and aromatase inhibitors for postmenopausal patients). The duration of hormone therapy in this situation is usually 5 years or longer. Hormone therapy is also an effective treatment in metastatic hormone-sensitive breast cancer, and provides substantial tumour control with relatively less toxic side effects when compared to systemic chemotherapy. At the time of development of endocrine resistance, further hormone therapy, such as Fulvestrant or Exemestane, may be used alone or in combination with other targeted therapies, such as the Cyclin-dependent kinases 4/6 inhibitors or the mTOR inhibitors, to overcome endocrine resistance.

Almost all prostate cancer cells rely on male sex hormone (androgens) to grow. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) can thus effectively suppress prostate cancer by eliminating testosterone production from the testes. In intermediate- to high-risk non-metastatic prostate cancer, ADT can be used before and after radiotherapy to enhance tumour control and reduce tumour recurrence, whereas in metastatic prostate cancer, ADT can be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy to palliate symptom and delay disease progression. ADT can be achieved by surgical removal of testes or regular injection of Luteinizing-releasing hormone analogue.

At the time of acquired endocrine resistance, also called castration resistance, additional hormone therapy, such as antiandrogens or androgen synthesis inhibitors, may be used in combination with ADT to overcome endocrine resistance. Enzulutamide is a new antiandrogen that binds to the androgen receptors of tumour cells to reduce signal transduction and cell proliferation. Abiraterone Acetate is a new androgen synthesis inhibitor that inhibits androgen production from the adrenal glands, tumour cells, and the testes more comprehensively.



The IVF Centre is a pioneer in using Next Generation / High Throughput Sequencing techniques in assisted reproductive technologies, as Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidies – Abnormal Number of Chromosomes (PGT-A) and Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic Diseases /Chromosomal Structural Rearrangements (PGT-M/SR) (previously known as Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)) are brought in for achieving higher pregnancy rate and a reduced risk of genetic abnormalities in the offspring.

The latest technology of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and the EmbryoScope time-lapse system provide an optimal environment for the embryo culture at the Centre. Gamete storage service is also provided to preserve one’s fertility for future use.

The Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre is helmed by a team of top-notch specialists and clinical personnel. It offers a wide spectrum of gynaecological services, such as:
1. Minimally invasive gynaecology surgery
2. Gynaecological cancer surgery.
3. Female incontinence problem

The Centre also provides general obstetric services, e.g. pre-pregnancy and antenatal checkup. During pregnancy, women might face different unexpected problems, such as IUGR, pre-eclampsia. Our team of Maternal Fetal Medicine professionals provides assessment, diagnosis and counselling services to women facing these problems during pregnancy.

Given the possible harm posed by reproductive health problems, our Reproductive Medicine team supports investigation and management of different menstrual problems, infertility, etc.

For over a decade, the HKSH Guy Hugh Chan Refractive Surgery Centre (Admiralty) and HKSH Eye Surgery Centre have been awarded the Reader Digest’s Trusted Brand Award (Eye Surgery Centre Category), where the former is Hong Kong’s first centre to perform LASIK and has performed the largest number of LASIK surgeries in Hong Kong.

Our specialists in Ophthalmology and professional personnel provide a comprehensive range of services ranging from LASIK, cataract, glaucoma, cornea and refractive surgery to other uncommon conditions. Ambulatory day surgeries and inpatient services for major eye surgeries are also available if necessary. Emergency consultations are conducted by on-duty Ophthalmologists throughout the year.

Being the first private hospital in Hong Kong to deliver living donor liver transplant services, we are led by internationally renowned liver surgeons with the most experienced medical experts and supported by cutting-edge medical technologies, the Liver Surgery and Transplant Centre provides holistic treatment for patients with liver cancer and other liver diseases.

Led by experienced otolaryngologists with advanced facilities, Li Shu Pui ENT Head & Neck Surgery Centre provides a wide spectrum of examinations, one-stop diagnosis and treatments with a specialized focus for head and neck cancer patients. Being the pioneer in the maxillary swing approach to the central skull base, recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma and other types of tumour in the vicinity can be removed adequately with minimal morbidity.

Depending on the extent of joint damage, either partial or total knee replacement is performed using robotic arm technology (Makoplasty) or computer-assisted navigation system respectively. Both technology can achieve high precision in implant positioning, minimise surgical trauma and attain excellent clinical outcome.

Robot-assisted partial knee replacement is a state-of-the-art treatment for patients with a partially damaged knee joint due to primary osteoarthritis, post-traumatic knee arthritis, osteonecrosis, etc. Computer-assisted total knee replacement surgery is a mature and reliable operation that promises great results.

Backed by highly experienced plastic surgeons with keen eyes for natural-looking outcomes, the Centre provides a wide array of aesthetic and reconstructive procedures, cosmetic surgery of eyelids, nose and breast, skin treatment procedures as well as non-invasive, minimally invasive and surgical means for enhancement of facial features and body contouring. The team also manages skin cancers, congenital skin lesions, head and neck cancers, and performs reconstructive surgeries for cancer and burn patients.


For Patients

Our team welcomes guests seeking medical treatment abroad by making access to HKSH’s high-quality care as convenient as possible. Please complete the Online Registration Form so that our team can refer you to the most appropriate doctor to meet your medical needs.

We offer Remote Second Medical Opinion to international patients with direct access to our doctors from the convenience of home. Expert opinion on diagnosis and recommendations on our most advanced treatment options available would be provided before your trip to Hong Kong.

Once a medical treatment plan has been established with your HKSH doctor, our team will provide the following prior to your visit to our hospital:
  • A dedicated team member assigned to be your personal contact throughout your entire course of planning and treatment
  • A cost estimate for the anticipated medical services at our institution
  • Assistance in arranging financial payment prior to beginning medical treatment
  • Confirmation of your medical appointments and procedures
  • Guidance with paperwork required for an entry visa
  • Assistance with travel coordination and arrival procedures

Upon arrival at the HKSH, a Care Manager of our medical concierge team will address any questions or requests you may have and continue to assist you through the logistics and scheduling involved in your stay:
  • Arrangement of accommodation
  • Hospital admission process and follow-up visits with doctor
  • Coordination of private-duty nurse arrangements
  • Arrangements to address dietary, cultural, and religious needs
  • Application for visa extension

After you have completed your treatment at the HKSH, your care manager will provide you with the following:
  • Expedited payment of your medical bills
  • A final bill that includes an itemized list of services
  • Assistance with follow-up appointments and communication with doctors


In addition to providing the highest quality healthcare, HKSH is pleased to offer the greatest degree of convenience and comfort to our international patients while planning and during your visit.

Our committed medical concierge team are pleased to help in the following areas:
  • A wide range of room types and amenities (link: http://www.hksh-hospital.com/en/accommodation), including general wards, semi-private single rooms, private rooms and suites, paediatric wards and isolation units.
  • With each bed installed with the nurse call and intercom system, patients can be reassured that their needs will be attended to promptly.
  • Complimentary in-room wireless internet access, television, and safety box in all room types; telephone, refrigerator and private lavatory with shower room in some room types.
  • An additional bed upon request for family wishing to spend the night in the patient’s room
  • Information of nearby hotels (e.g. Hotel name, Star rate, Distance to/from hospital, and Estimated duration)
We offer free transportation pickup from your arrival point to our hospital and drop off to your temporary local home if you receive on-going out-patient treatment at our hospital.
  • Supporting the application of entry visa and further extension of stay
  • Luxury car transfer services
  • Meet-and-greet upon arrival at our hospital
  • Personal escort to the reserved private room bypassing the normal admission queue


We appreciate your choosing the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital for your medical care needs. We know that this is a difficult time for you and your family and that finances may be an additional concern. Our Care Manager and Financial Team are committed to supporting you by providing the following information to understand our charges, billing and payment process.
  • International insurance
  • Embassy or corporation sponsorship
  • Self-financed
If you are sponsored by an embassy or have recognised insurance, HKSH will bill your guarantor. However, you are advised to contact your insurance carrier for specific information that may affect your financial responsibility. For services not covered by an embassy or your insurance, or if you do not have insurance, you should pay in full prior to receiving treatment.
  • Hospital charges
    Use of hospital facilities and healthcare services provision by nurses and other allied health professionals
  • Doctor charges
    Consultations and procedures by your doctor(s)
Initial deposit payment based on evaluation of the average charge for your doctor to perform assessment, diagnostic tests and an initial treatment plan would be required.

The deposit amounts include both hospital and doctor charges. Actual charges may vary based on your specific needs, actual treatment and services received.

For patients sponsored by embassies or corporations, a letter of guarantee must be presented prior to receiving services. Some services may require prior authorization by the designated guarantor in order to be covered.
Update on actual charge can be requested at any point of your treatment. Please feel free to consult our financial specialist team.

An itemised statement showing all hospital and doctor(s) charges would be provided on your hospital discharge. If your total charges exceed the estimate you paid, your statement will include the balance due.
We accept forms of payment in cash, cheque from bank in Hong Kong (payable to “Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital Limited), credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Union Pay), Alipay, wire transfer or bank deposit.

Routing instructions for wire transfer or deposit:
Name of Bank: CMB Wing Lung Bank Limited
Address of Bank: Happy Valley Branch
44 King Kwong Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Account Name: Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital Limited
Account Name for fast payment system (FPS):
HKS Sanatorium & Hospital LTD or HK Sanatorium and Hospital LTD;
HK Sanat & Host LTD or HK Sanat and Host LTD
Account Number: 611-120-0008-1
Electron A/C: 611-120-0008-1 WUBAHKHH (Swift address)
Bank Code: 020
Remark: Please remit the gross amount and all correspondent bank charges should be borne by the remitter

Please allow 5 working days of our bank for an internal wire to arrive.

To ensure timely and accurate payment posting, please attach the remittance slip / receipt.
If your actual charges are less than the amount you paid in advance, and you don’t anticipate receiving future treatment at HKSH, you may request a refund, which would be credited to the original payment method. Processing would take approximately 7-14 days for all payment method except that Union Pay takes around 30 days, pending posting of all charges.

Refunds for deposits made due to pending insurance authorisations will not be processed until the insurance company pays on your invoices, which may take up to 3 months or even longer.

FAQs for International Patients
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
Referrals are not needed from your doctor to request an appointment. We accept referrals from both patients and referring doctors.

What do I need to prepare for my appointment?
The steps for finding a suitable specialist to match your medical needs require a bit of preparation. The following information is required for your first appointment, which can be done remotely.
Medical reports (in either English or Chinese):
  • Doctor’s summary and/or relevant hospitalisation records (e.g. discharge summary, medications and allergy information, etc.)
  • Diagnostic reports which are relevant to your diagnosis (e.g. PET-CT, CT, MRI, ultrasound, mammogram, X-ray, etc.) and/or in DICOM compatible files
  • Pathology, Specimen tissue or blood genomic profiling reports
  • Laboratory results of tumour marker trend and recent updates
  • Laboratory results of latest overall workup
  • Fill out the Patient Online Registration Form, Consent to Communicate via Email Form, and Authorisation for the Release of Health Information Form
  • Complete online payment with the payment link provided by our medical concierge team

What does my initial deposit cover?
The initial deposit requested will typically be an estimate for an evaluation at HKSH based on your diagnosis. Your personal care manager will discuss the details of the deposit for your individual case.

When does the financial clearance need to be obtained?
All international self-financed patients must submit full deposit payment prior to arrival for medical care. Financial clearance will be coordinated through the International Patient Services.

Can I travel with my family?
Your family is welcome to come along. Our medical concierge team will provide assistance with lodging reservations to your family with convenience location. Subject to the hospital permission, one family member can stay overnight in the same room.
Will I have an interpreter available to me during my visits?
Yes, we can ensure that there is an interpreter available to assist you throughout your medical treatment.

What happens if I stay in the hospital longer than anticipated?
Additional charges associated with your treatment are uncommon. Your care manager will keep you updated on the latest billing amount and assist in collecting further payment.

Do you accept letters of guarantee for payment?
We look at all letters on a case by case basis. Please mention the type of payment and/or guarantor details when inquiring with our department.
What type of documentation do you provide following treatment and services at your institution?
Once all medical services and financial clearance have been completed, we can provide to you an itemisation of all medical services provided to you at HKSH.


FAQs for International Patients with COVID-19-related queries
In view of the Emergency Response Level activated by the Hong Kong Government and the corresponding notification requirements, HKSH Medical Group has implemented a number of precautionary measures in order to safeguard against the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Guidelines are subject to change to reflect the latest COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong.
Patients who fulfil all entry criteria and compulsory quarantine requirements may be subjected to approval for undergoing quarantine at a medical facility if deemed to be necessary. Please refer to the Hong Kong government informative page for pre-boarding and arrival procedures at https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html and contact the International Patient Services of HKSH for queries.

A family member with the next-of-kin relationship can accompany the patient at HKSH. Both the patient and his/her accompanying caregiver must comply with the following criteria, subject to our latest infection control guidelines:

Pre-departure COVID-19 by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing

On-arrival procedures related to admission, quarantine and testing at our hospital.
  • Patient and accompanying caregiver must be admitted to a private room at our hospital and receive required COVID-19 PCR tests during admission.
  • If arrival PCR test is negative, the patient can begin to receive the required specialist medical care that the patient had come for, if assessed to be appropriate by the attending specialist.

On-arrival procedures
Foreign patients and their accompanying caregivers will be subjected to mandatory on-arrival procedures related to admission, quarantine and testing at our hospital. Details are listed as follow:
  • Patient and accompanying caregiver must be admitted to a private room at our hospital and received COVID-19 by PCR on day 1, 4 and 8 during the admission.
  • If arrival PCR test is negative, the patient can begin to receive the required specialist medical care that the patient had come for, if assessed to be appropriate by the attending specialist.

Please contact the IPS team of HKSH for more information and assistance.

A person issued with a compulsory quarantine order is required to stay within the designated private room in the hospital. The Officers of the Department of Health will monitor your movement and may contact you through multiple platforms. You will be escorted to any medical service outside of your room and no visitor will be allowed for the whole period of the quarantine.

The quarantine period will commence from the day of your arrival to Hong Kong and will cease at 11:59pm of the 7th / 14th / 21st day upon your arrival.


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