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Hospital congested as 24-hour service opens

Updated: 2012-08-20 18:31

It was 8 pm Sunday, but the outpatient hall of a hospital in Beijing was jammed with 600 people waiting to register their medical appointments for Monday.

The Peking Union Medical College Hospital, a renowned general hospital in Beijing, began a 24-hour appointment registration service on Sunday to ease the morning tension of registrations and restrict scalpers' illegal sale of appointment tickets, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

Hospital congested as 24-hour service opens

People queue up to register at the outpatient hall of Peking Union Medical College Hospital on Aug 19. [Photo/CFP]

The new service has brought a boom to the hospital. As of 7 pm on Sunday, the outpatient hall had been packed with 300 people or so, with hundreds of people waiting outside.

The booking service starts at 8 pm everyday, which enables people go to the hospital after work.

The rush hour for the service will be around 8 and 9 pm everyday, said Wang Xiaobo, director of the outpatient department of PUMCH.

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