Prince Philip Dental Hospital
Hospital Road entrance
Prince Philip Dental Hospital is located in Hong Kong
Prince Philip Dental Hospital
LocationNo. 34 Hospital Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°17′11″N 114°08′39″E / 22.286455°N 114.144274°E / 22.286455; 114.144274Coordinates: 22°17′11″N 114°08′39″E / 22.286455°N 114.144274°E / 22.286455; 114.144274
FundingPublic hospital
TypeTeaching, Specialist
Affiliated universityFaculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong
Emergency departmentNo
Opened24 March 1981; 41 years ago (1981-03-24)
Prince Philip Dental Hospital
Traditional Chinese菲臘牙科醫院
Simplified Chinese菲腊牙科医院
Literal meaningPhilip Dental Hospital

The Prince Philip Dental Hospital (PPDH) is a dental teaching hospital in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. It houses the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong and is governed by the Prince Philip Dental Hospital Ordinance.[1]


Government Civil Hospital 1849–1937

Government Civil Hospital was opened in 1849 on this site to provide Western medical care.[2] The first hospital was destroyed by a typhoon in 1874 and relocated to new site at the former Hotel d'Europe and Central Police Barracks on Hollywood Road. The second site burned down in 1878. A third site was acquired in 1879 by relocating to the old Lock Hospital and remained there until it closed for good in 1937 after the opening of the Queen Mary Hospital.[3]

Sai Ying Pun Hospital 1937-1978

After 1937, the site was repurposed to handle infectious diseases as Sai Ying Pun Hospital and closed by 1978. This second hospital was demolished to make way for the current Dental Hospital.[3]

Dental Hospital 1981-present

Construction on the $200 million hospital, designed by the Architectural Services Department, began in 1979.[4] It was planned as a response to a shortage of dentists in the territory.[5] It was opened on 24 March 1981 by Prince Philip, then-president of the British Dental Association.[4]

Soon after the hospital opened, the Independent Commission Against Corruption carried out an extensive investigation into the provision of equipment at the new facility due to suspected commercial fraud. Much of the original equipment were suspected copies of reputable models and were not fully operable. Repairs and replacements had to be carried out on all dental chairs, stools, bunsen burners, dental drills, instrument modules, ultrasonic scalers, and operating lights.[6] Investigators stated that there was no health threat to the public.[7] In 1983 the hospital board chairman Lydia Dunn stated that the hospital was one of the foremost dental teaching hospitals in the world.[8]

A 1984 report by the Audit Commission stated that 23% of the original equipment in the hospital was faulty, blaming the blunder on mismanagement and confused responsibility.[9] Still, the hospital was considered world-class, and the first cohort of dental graduates eased the critical shortage of dentists in Hong Kong from 1985 onward.

As of 2016, two in three dentists in Hong Kong graduated from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). The HKU School of Dentistry was ranked #1 in the world in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.[10]


  1. ^ "Bilingual Laws Information System". Department of Justice.
  2. ^ "Civil Hospital [????- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong".
  3. ^ a b "Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century".
  4. ^ a b "Prince Philip opens dental hospital". South China Morning Post. 25 March 1981. p. 10.
  5. ^ "New Dental Hospital opens next month". South China Morning Post. 20 September 1981. p. 11.
  6. ^ "Hospital's long repair list". South China Morning Post. 28 January 1983. p. 1.
  7. ^ "ICAC quizzes hospital staff". South China Morning Post. 4 November 1982. p. 1.
  8. ^ "Hospital wins world praise". South China Morning Post. 13 October 1983. p. 17.
  9. ^ "Blunders bite into hospital funds". South China Morning Post. 8 November 1984. p. 19.
  10. ^ "Hong Kong tops world ranking of dental schools". Hong Kong Economic Journal. 22 March 2016.