A doctor gives advice to an elderly women at the medical centre of Thao Dien ward (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The medical centre of Thao Dien ward in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, has become the first of its kind in Vietnam to have 17 specialist doctors when a satellite consulting room of the district’s hospital was opened there on August 8.

The facility is able to give check-up to more than 300 patients each day. Its doctors specialise in emergency aid, internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, odonto-stomatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, and traditional medicine.

Aside from the high-quality staff, the consulting room is also equipped with modern equipment, Director of the District 2 Hospital Tran Van Khanh said, adding that people who come to the clinic will receive similar examinations as at his hospital.

The District 2 Hospital has invested 10 billion VND (over 430,300 USD) in developing the satellite consulting room, which initially focuses on basic examination and treatment activities and epidemic prevention. In the future, the hospital will develop it into a specialist consulting room with high techniques and low cost.

Tang Chi Thuong, Deputy Director of the HCM City Health Department, said opening satellite consulting rooms at local medical centres is one of the solutions to reduce the overload at higher-level hospitals while making use of the clinics’ facilities and staff. It will also help improve people’s trust in the grassroots healthcare network.

Before the District 2 Hospital, the hospitals of Thu Duc and Tan Phu districts also opened consulting rooms at local clinics, but these facilities are on a small scale and do not have as many specialist doctors as the Thao Dien ward medical centre.-VNA