It was announced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the Department of Radiation Oncology at Al Amal Hospital in Doha is a Centre of Competence under its Quality Assurance in Radiation Oncology Program. This announcement means that radiation oncology care at the hospital, one of the region’s leading radiation therapy providers became the best in providing the highest international standards in terms of safety and quality. The Quality Assurance Team for Radiation Oncology’s (QUATRO) audit report said “The Al Amal Radiation Oncology Department is a model for cancer care organization. Safety levels are at their highest, and quality assurance procedures are very well-established in written form at all levels”.
The QUATRO audit is one of the leading international benchmarks for measuring the quality and safety of clinical care in radiation oncology. Becoming a Center of Competence means that the center is capable of delivering radiotherapy to the highest international standards as well as serving as a model for other radiotherapy centers globally. Dr Noora Al Hammadi, Chairman of Radiation Oncology presented an official handover of the audit findings to Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director, HMC during a celebration yesterday.
Dr Al Hammadi said “We are thrilled to have been assessed as working at this advanced level and will continue to strive to provide our patients with the best services possible. Patients in Qatar can be assured that the services we offer here surpass those offered in most countries globally. We are a model center and we are proud of this achievement”. The QUATRO is a specialized division of the IAEA containing number of experts’ radiation oncology personnel who work globally with healthcare organizations, ministries of health and hospitals. In October 2010 an international team of QUATRO experts visited Al Amal Hospital to present their audit in a five-day mission managed by Qatar’s Ministry of Environment.