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Qatar PM sets mid-2015 deadline for launch of three new Hamad hospitals

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 All photos courtesy of Ashghal

A handful of new hospitals within the under-construction Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City must be finished and fully equipped by the middle of this year, the Prime Minister has said following a recent visit to the site.

The new, QR2.4 billion medical complex will feature a Women’s Hospital, Ambulatory & Minimally Invasive Surgical Hospital and a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as a scientific center for medical research and a bio-bank.

Medical City
Medical City

The project also includes construction of additional operating rooms for Hamad Medical Corp (HMC), which would increase capacity of the existing Hamad General Hospital’s surgical department.

The dedicated building is on a site between the Women’s Hospital and HGH’s emergency department and its facilities would include 20 new operating theaters.

Led by Korean-based Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company, the project was due to be complete by the end of 2014, according to the public works authority, but has suffered delays.

In a statement, Ashghal said construction on the 227,000 square meter site in Rumaila was now more than 80 percent complete since work started in February 2011, adding:

“H.E. the Prime Minister has stressed the importance of completing the three hospitals projects and the ‘Additional Operation Rooms Building’ project as soon as possible, to be ready for operation with their full equipment in the middle of the current year.”

Women’s Hospital

The new, 243-bed Women’s Hospital is expected to include seven operating theaters with four rooms for Caesarean procedures, and three rooms specializing in gynecology obstetrics. There will be 21 delivery rooms and an outpatient clinic,  The outpatient clinic with 60 examination rooms.

The building will also include special facilities for emergency Cesarean operations, evaluation, ultrasound, treatment rooms and rooms for emergency deliveries.

According to Ashghal, the new hospital will have the facilities to look after 8,000 babies a year and will replace the current Women’s Hospital, where 17,000 babies are born each year.

Existing Women's Hospital
Existing Women’s Hospital

When asked about the numbers, HMC said in a statement to Doha News said that “maternity services will be provided by HMC at our new Women’s Hospital, and across our country-wide network of general hospitals, as well as by Sidra and the private sector”.

When it opens, the much-delayed Sidra Medical and Research Center, which has been billed as “an ultramodern academic medical center,” will focus on the care of women and children.

It was originally scheduled to be open in 2011, then by the end of 2012. A mid-2015 date was given last year, before Qatar Foundation fired its contractors.

The project has since been taken over by  local construction company Midmac W.L.L., in a joint venture with Consolidated Contractors Group S.A.L. (Offshore) (CCC).

Surgical hospital

Facilities at the new Ambulatory and Minimally Invasive Surgical Hospital will include 130 short-stay beds, a suite for radiology, examination, and treatment rooms.

Its 14 operating theaters will include:

  • Seven for general surgery;
  • One for urology;
  • One for ear, nose and throat (ENT) operations;
  • Two rooms for orthopedic surgery;
  • Two rooms for ophthalmology surgery; and
  • One room for maxillofacial surgery.

Meanwhile, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital will have an advanced adult hydrotherapy suite and outpatient clinics for occupational therapy, organ transplantation and physiotherapy.

Over-crowding

When they open, the new facilities should help alleviate the pressure on Qatar’s healthcare infrastructure, which has been struggling as the nation undergoes a massive population boom.

The project is one of a number of new facilities planned by HMC and the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) in the coming years to expand medical and health provisions in the country.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

HGH’s under-pressure Emergency Department is set for expansion, with two new units to be added to the hospital, and additional plans are under consideration to turn the section into the world’s largest ER.

In November last year, a senior emergency department consultant said that new sections will include a critical care nephrology unit, for patients suffering from serious kidney-related problems, and another general surgery unit.

A new, HMC communicable diseases hospital is also under construction and is set to open this year.

According to the SCH’s 2012 Annual Report, 11 new hospitals and medical research facilities are expected to be built in Qatar by 2022:

SCH Annual Report 2012

These include three hospitals dedicated to male laborers – in Mesaieed, Ras Laffan and Doha’s industrial area – which specialize in trauma and injury, occupational health and physiotherapy.

mass-casualty trauma hospital is also planned as part of a new “medical city” to be built on a site in Duhail, next to Qatar University. The 1,100 bed hospital is slated for completion in 2022.

Plans are also afoot to build a neuroscience institute and a new cancer hospital.

Research

Meanwhile, Ashghal has pushed back its deadline to open the Translational Research Institute within the new Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City.

The project is now expected to be finished by the end of 2017, instead of this year.

The institute will be an HMC facility for clinical research in the fields of cancer, trauma, infectious diseases, neuroscience, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and women’s and children’s health.

At the bio-bank, which is an initiative of Qatar Foundation, sponsored by the SCH in collaboration with Imperial College of London, scientists and doctors will be able to collect samples to research and get a better understanding of the causes of the most prevalent genetic diseases in Qatar, which will help in the quest to develop more appropriate treatments.

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thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago

“According to Ashghal, the new hospital will have the facilities to look after 8,000 babies a year and will replace the current Women’s Hospital, where 17,000 babies are born each year.” care to explain DN!

Cheryl
Cheryl
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

The new Sidra Women’s and Children’s Medical and Research Center will provide care for 10,000 births per year.

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Cheryl

Also Wakra count for 200 per month, so ~2500 per year

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  Cheryl

If it’s ever finished….

Eyad
Eyad
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

Keep reading..

“When asked about the numbers, HMC said in a statement to Doha News said that “maternity services will be provided by HMC at our new Women’s Hospital, and across our country-wide network of general hospitals, as well as by Sidra and the private sector”.”

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago
Reply to  Eyad

I kept reading, they’ve gone from caring for 17,000 babies in one hospital to replacing that with 8,000 and depending on other general hospitals (to which I assume is al Khor / Umm Said etc) and private hospitals? Which I would imagine has a capacity that is not being reported, and this seems like it’s a step backwards, some analysis would be good, ie. the Seha system means that 17,000 is no longer needed, or that the birth rate is declining or perhaps…something else. Either way, as it stands a mother giving birth will end up at HMC if there are complications or unusual circumstances, and Sidra seems to be nowhere near filling that gap, so perhaps this was built with the idea of outsourcing capacity to Sidra, if not then they’re essentially reporting the capacity loss of dealing with 9,000 births

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

Yes, we noticed this and have been trying to get a straight answer from HMC. Will keep trying to find the answer…

Chipper fluffypants
Chipper fluffypants
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

I would venture a guess that most western expat women would choose Sidra over HMC to give birth- especially that many have private insurance.

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

Those other 11,000 babies will just have to find another place to be born…..

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

That was the first thought in my mind too…. Not sure how those numbers work out with a growing population

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

2015 3/1 against. 2016 evens. 2017 1/3 on.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

i don’t know what complex code language you’re trying to speak

Hix
Hix
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

its betting odds

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Hix

Oh ok

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

Wanna wage 20,000 riyals … They’ll all open in 2015

OzCat
OzCat
6 years ago

Okay.. so let’s hurry along the construction of three hospitals where one person was recently buried alive in a dug out pit… maybe slow things down a little and try and work out how to improve safety standards first maybe?

rambo
rambo
6 years ago

I heard that money for government funded project is cut.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  rambo

Yes like dumb movie festivals but not hospitals

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago

“These include three hospitals dedicated to male laborers…which specialize in trauma and
injury, occupational health and physiotherapy.” – so instead of protecting workers rights and improving health and safety, they’ll just build special hospitals to cater for all the onsite injuries. Will that include the ones that occur on the hospital building sites?

OzCat
OzCat
6 years ago
Reply to  zoeval

I don’t think you can just treat the symptom of all these accidents and building more facilities to cater for casualties. They really need to look at the root cause of accidents and try and work out how to establish better safety controls and look at the behavioural and attitudinal aspects of people taking responsibility for safety of themselves and others. Unless they are given the right and are encouraged to speak up and stop a job, then it will keep happening unfortunately.

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

I actually appreciate the hospitals here. Great job on opening more!

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

I highly appreciate the structures and the medical machines!

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

True a lot of money is spent on both but very little is spent on proper drs… It’s like monkeys in formula 1 cars

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

ahahah good one! But sad eh?

Dharmesh Shukla
Dharmesh Shukla
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

What does that make the higherups who give these ‘monkeys’ the ‘formula 1 cars’?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

Owners of monkies

sko
sko
6 years ago

why HMC showing discrimination between overseas and locally hired employees ?

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