The Physiotherapy Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) marked World Physiotherapy Day 2020 with the launch of a new website that includes a dedicated online exercise video portal for patients.

World Physiotherapy Day is celebrated globally in September. The theme for this year was the role of physiotherapy in rehabilitation and COVID-19.

The new website, which is hosted at hamad.qa, can be accessed by current patients through a link provided by their physiotherapist.

The HMC Physiotherapy Department recognises the COVID-19 ‘heroes’ as part of World Physiotherapy Day 2020 celebrations.
The HMC Physiotherapy Department recognises the COVID-19 ‘heroes’ as part of World Physiotherapy Day 2020 celebrations.

The portal, which has more than 500 videos, is intended to enhance the patient experience and enables patients to access instructional videos safely and conveniently as part of supporting their journey to recovery.

According to Noora Al Mudahka, Chief of Physiotherapy at HMC, physiotherapists work in a multitude of clinical settings, from working with the youngest patients, patients in intensive care units, to supporting patients of long-term care rehabilitation facilities and in the community.

Our team includes specialties such as orthopaedics, neurology, cardiorespiratory, paediatrics, women’s health, men’s health, geriatrics, oncology, community-based physiotherapy, and mental health.

She said that the process of rehabilitation starts the moment a patient is admitted to the hospital and continues after discharge through outpatient or home care therapy services.

The Physiotherapy Department provides physical therapy to patients during over 270,000 outpatient visits and 160,000 inpatient visits a year. They have come so far since they began at Rumailah Hospital in 1957. They now have more than 300 therapists working across HMC hospitals, offering a full range of services to patients who need care – from babies to older patients. Most recently, the department has also started providing services through telemedicine channels via video consultations.

The Physiotherapy Department is currently at the frontline of providing physiotherapy services to recovering COVID-19 patients with varied and complex needs due to complications associated with the virus.

Patients who were on ventilator support often experience muscle weakness. They might be confined to a bed for a few days and this makes it difficult for them to mobilise out of bed once they are awake.

Physiotherapists play a vital role by assisting them to regain their strength and gradually return to functional independence.

The new website also has information about the services available at the Physiotherapy Department, says Lolwa Al Mohannadi, Executive Director of the Clinical and Service Development.

The portal can be accessed by patients through a specialised link. It hosts interventional exercise videos specific to various clinical conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, post-operative, and provide guidance for parents caring for babies who had been ventilated.

Mohannadi added that each video is customised for various phases of recovery. It has explanatory instruction with exercises and movements that are specific to their treatment and recovery.

She said that they continuously follow-up with the patients through virtual video consultations to monitor their progress and adjust where needed.

This is a safe and convenient way for patients to continue their treatment at home and it engages the patient in their recovery, which evidence shows leads to better outcomes.

For updates and more information about the new video portal, visit hamad.qa