DOHA: A paediatric emergency unit with all the required facilities is to be opened at the upcoming Sidra Medical and Research Centre in two years.
It is expected that it would be the biggest paediatric emergency centre in the country.
Qatar is making rapid strides in the realm of paediatric emergency healthcare and already has enough child specialists, although there is shortage of child specialists internationally.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has some of the best child specialists and chances are that some of them might be shifted to Sidra when it begins operating.
This was disclosed at Al Sharq’s Ramadan tent attended by a couple of HMC doctors recently.
Dr Khalid Abdul Noor Saifuddin, Director of Hamad International Training Centre, and Dr Mohamed Hamoudi Al Amri, Assistant Director of Paediatric Emergency at HMC, took part in the debate.
The doctors said that despite that there are several paediatric emergency centres in the country, including those in Al Khor, Al Wakra, Al Sadd in Doha, and Dukhan, among other places, sometimes people come to the main accident and emergency unit at Hamad General Hospital.
This unit has a capacity to handle 2,500 emergency patients a day, with the current daily turnout being 1,500 to 1,700.
“This is a very high turnout. In emergency units in the UK the turnout is only about 200 a day and despite that there are complaints of delays,” said Al Amri.
The doctors also denied rumours that Rumailah Hospital was being turned into a heritage site. The fact is that a modern hospital is coming up in its premises and the old building of Rumailah Hospital is being retained.
The emergency unit there will be upgraded, said the doctors.
They said that it was very difficult for private hospitals to provide emergency medical services because that called for substantial investment in medical facilities, including equipment, and staffing.
The doctors said that private healthcare providers should rise above profit-making considerations and invest adequately in emergency medical care.
Very high standards have been set for health services, including emergency medical care, to be provided by the private sector and there will be no compromise, said the duo.