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More Staff To Be Hired At HMC’s Emergency Department Soon.

Emergency departmentThe Hamad Medical Corporation () including The plan to add three more-fold in staff capacity in order to deal with the increasing daily number of visitors. Last year, the total number visited the facility was around 500,000 people with a rate about 1,350 visitors daily. A senior official of the Department has said that during 2010 the number of visitors increased.

Khalid Abdul Noor, director of the Department said at a news conference “The visits at the Department include around 80 percent which are non-emergency in nature and about half of them can be treated at a primary health center”. Some results have been achieved after many trials to solve this problem. It is expected to solve the issue completely in the future after opening of new hospitals and health centers, especially for single workers who represent the majority of visitors at the Department.

Abdul Noor added “We are working on increasing the staff capacity with 23 new consultants, 50 specialists and 80 nurses. This new staff will join the Department soon. Once the new plan is accomplished the Department will contain a total of 34 consultants, 180 specialists and 450 nurses”.

The Department intends to hire more Arab-speaking nurses in order to reduce complaints from the public about lake of communication with non-Arab speaking staff. Currently, the Department includes 50 Arabic speaking nurses whereas 70% of the physicians at the Department are from Arab area. Soon the Department will include a complete women’s section and a VIP unit providing high quality services and facilities. Moreover, a new team with an ultra-sound scanning training will join the Department.

In addition, a new unit to deal with minor cases will be ready soon and the number of beds for “short stay” will be increased from 30 to 50. Dr Muayad Qassim, a consultant at the Department commented “During the next three years, the Emergency services-speeds and efficiency- in this country will witness huge progress”.

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