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HMC Emergency Department to Move Into New Facility

The Emergency Department (ED) of Hamad Medical Corporation () is set to move into a new facility in February, with the building almost complete. The facility is designed to ease the crowding often seen in the department.

The new building will facilitate looking into all emergency cases for the next two years, while the present building undergoes renovation, from March. To accommodate the new emergency section, the administration department was shifted to Hamad General Hospital.

Talking to The Peninsula earlier, Dr Khalid Abdulnoor, Senior Consultant at ED had said that new facility opening in February will have a new system of treatment. The new process called the See and Treat System will see all patients checked by experienced doctors in all-new purpose built environment promoting smooth and rapid flow of patients. The project will have pharmacy, cashier, registration, waiting room, 16 assessment and treatment rooms.

The new additions will include a casting room, on-site orthopaedic facility, completely separate section for the females and a separate H1N1 clinic. ED has at present only four or five treatment rooms which will be increased to 16. It will also have an on site orthopaedic doctor and a casting room. The female section of the ED will be made completely separate as at present, mixing of patients are inevitable in some areas.

In this new building, medical team, services, and beds will be allocated for treating non -critical cases, which constitutes the vast majority of ED patients.

The new ED system is expected to curb complaints raised against HMC Emergency Unit calling and to help meet increased numbers of patients especially in winter season. Also prioritisation of cases based on the urgency of the case had also been criticised and with the new system doctors will be made available for all.

By the end of March 2010, the ED will start two and half year long renovation works on the current building. The last project will bring senior doctors to the first line of emergency care and building will have an increased capacity, staff, diagnostics, expanded trauma room and radiology, pharmacy and laboratory facilities. The plan also includes facility for a 60-bed Clinical Decision Unit for acute care. The unit will provide inpatient level care to patients staying up to 48 hours and include private rooms, monitoring beds and procedure rooms. This will help to reduce the bed crisis in both the Emergency and the main hospital.

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