Over 30,000 emergency patients treated at Al Wakra Hospital monthly
With more than 30,000 patients treated at its three emergency departments each month, in addition to over 20,000 patients cared for by its various outpatient departments, Al Wakra Hospital is now the second busiest facility of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
Approximately 600 adult patients and 300 children are treated at the Adult and Paediatric Emergency Departments of Al Wakra Hospital everyday, added to at least 80 women cared for at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Department each month.
According to the hospital’s Medical Director Dr Sabah Alkadhi, the general hospital was designed, built and staffed with the changing needs and expectations of the growing community in the country’s southern region in mind.
With a combined staff of 2,351, including 288 doctors working across a variety of medical specialities, we provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for outpatients and inpatients, including day care patients of all ages.’
Dr Alkadhi said that the hospital is adding more services as part of its ongoing effort to increase access to healthcare for those living in Al Wakra and surrounding community. The recent additions include the National Burns Center, a robotic surgery service for general surgery and urology, and a country-wide collaborative service with the dentistry, diabetes, mental health, and cardiology departments of HMC. Al Wakra Hospital is also a Centre of Excellence for Hernia surgery.
We are continuing to expand the services we provide to patients. This year we introduced a play therapy service to support paediatric patients throughout their inpatient care and to help them manage their pain. We have also opened a new Admissions and Discharge Lounge, a comfortable space that has streamlined the admission and discharge processes and is helping patients return home faster.’
According to Dr Alkadhi, a number of new services introduced this year has helped reduce wait times and improved access to elective care services. He explained that approximately 20,000 patients are received each month in the hospital’s various outpatient departments, and up to 3,500 patients are treated each month by the Rehabilitation Department, which has a hydrotherapy pool and dedicated facilities for male, female, and paediatric patients.
Opened in 2012, Al Wakra Hospital was established to serve the rapidly growing communities of Al Wakra, Mesaieed and the South Doha Airport area. As one of Hamad’s largest facilities, the hospital is spread across more than 300,000 square metres of land area. With over 325 beds, including 234 general and acute patient beds and more than 90 critical care beds for high-dependency and burns patients, the hospital also has 77 observation and daycare beds.
Dr Omar Al Qahtani, Deputy Medical Director of Al Wakra Hospital, said the hospital’s expanded clinics have increased capacity to care for patients. The main Outpatient Department features 48 consultation rooms with over 400 clinics held each week. Dr Al Qahtani added that future expansion plans include the commissioning of a new CT scan.
We are planning to establish a Centre of Excellence for Stone Treatment and are continuing work on the expansion of our inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. There are also plans to establish a Blood Donation Centre here in Al Wakra so that those wishing to donate blood can do so right here in the community, without having to travel to Doha.’
For more information about the various health services at Al Wakra Hospital, visit hamad.qa.