Leigh & Orange
145 Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei
With the financial resources provided primarily by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and additionally by the Hong Kong Government, the Jockey Club Polyclinic opened in Yau Ma Tei in 1967 in order to serve the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok regions. As the title of the facility suggests, the clinic is meant to provide general medical services ranging a diverse range of concentrations, including general out-patients, chest, social hygiene, maternal and child health, eye, ear, nose and throat, dental, and mental issues. It was a significant progression to fulfill Hong Kong’s Development Plan that suggested the provision of a general medical facility in each region housing about four to five hundred thousand residents.
The result was a ten-storey building whose design tried to separate patients needing different types of medical services as much as possible. For example, for the general out-patients clinic and chest and social hygiene clinics in the lower part of the building, each of these levels have their own staircases from the ground floor to regulate the flow of people from within. Additionally, the clinic staff has their own elevator for efficient staff circulation across clinics.