Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) unveiled its ‘Facilities Master Plan’, which will deliver extensive benefits to patients more than doubling hospital beds across Qatar and tripling car parking spaces at Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City (HBKMC).

Between 2015 and 2030, hospital beds will increase from 2,100 to over 4,200 and, within the same time-frame, car parking spaces will increase from 8,000 to 24,000. HMC’s Managing Director, Hanan Al Kuwari PhD, said:

Qatar is a modern and rapidly evolving country whose citizens and residents deserve easy access to sophisticated services and facilities as well as high quality healthcare. We have the opportunity to completely rethink how, what and where Hamad delivers care to our patients.

The HMC Facilities Master Plan will have a significant impact on the delivery of healthcare services in Qatar, more than doubling the specialist clinics available across the Hamad system as well as doubling operating theater capacity. Between 2015 and 2030, specialist clinics will increase from 400 to over 1,000 and, within the same time-frame, operating theater capacity will increase from 40 to more than 90. Dr Al Kuwari said:

This Master Plan is a major expansion and modernisation of the country’s healthcare infrastructure and service delivery model and will result in lasting benefits to our patients and the nation. We are incredibly proud that our plans, designed by our award-winning in-house team here at HMC, have been approved by HE The Minister of Health Abdulla bin Khalid Al Qahtani and HE Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. We look forward to repaying their trust and faith in us as we set about delivering a truly world-class healthcare plan fit for future generations.’

The plan will see the regeneration of HMC’s central Doha campus and development of an integrated, nationwide network of hospitals, services and care centers – in what is one of the region’s largest healthcare expansion projects. The Master Plan will expand and unify HMC’s current sites to enhance HBKMC, a high-tech healthcare, research and education district in central Doha. Major features of the new HBKMC campus include unified clusters of clinical services, enhanced access for public transport, more hospital beds, additional parking facilities as well as leading edge healing, restorative and functional design. Dr Al Kuwari said:

By bringing our Doha facilities together onto one unified campus, HMC’s expansion plans will bring comprehensive and integrated services and facilities to patients, visitors and our staff as well as providing the best environment to attract, retain and inspire the best talent.’

Aambulatory Specialty Center - Healing Garden
Healing Garden at the upcoming Ambulatory Specialty Center

HBKMC will be a green and energy efficient city, consisting of several landscape and boulevard areas. The city will flourish with central and ‘healing’ gardens for patients feel at ease and to improve their healing process. In addition, HMC will combine its three campuses into one unified city – HBKMC – with bridges and pathways flowing from one building to another, making it easy for people to travel around the medical city but as well as encourage people to walk. HMC is working alongside Ashghal to ensure the implementation of a new deck or bride over C-Ring Road as well as to add more surfaced and underground parking areas.

Building on recent new facility openings including the Enaya Specialized Care Center, the Supportive and Palliative Care Unit at National Center for Cancer Care and Research, and the Heart Hospital, the plan also includes a significant expansion of HMC’s services outside of Doha bringing the care and services patients need closer to them.

In collaboration with Qatar Foundation’s BioBank, HBKMC will consist of Hamad Bin Khalifa Translational Research Institute, which will provide a world-class environment for scientific research and bio data collection. The 45,500sqm facility will feature laboratories as well as contemporary conference facilities for teaching. The facility will consolidate all research groups across HMC to strengthen collaboration and innovation and focus on the fields of cancer, trauma, infectious diseases, neuroscience, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and women’s and children’s health. The research and biomedical discoveries in these areas will focus on ways to facilitate their practical application to the development of new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.

Hamad Bin Khalifa Translational Research Institute
The upcoming Hamad Bin Khalifa Translational Research Institute

The Master Plan also seeks to revolutionise HMC’s service delivery in areas outside of Doha with a network of new ambulatory care centers across Qatar. Hubs for secondary care will also be created at Al Khor, Al Wakra, and Cuban Hospitals using the model of one programme of care across multiple sites. There will an addition of 500 beds at Al Khor and Al Wakra Hospitals by 2030. Chief of Facilities at HMC, Hamad Al Khalifa, said:

This plan builds on our track record of expanding services and developing new facilities including the Cuban Hospital, the National Diabetes Centers in Al Wakra and Hamad General Hospitals and the award-winning PET-CT Center. Soon we will also open the Communicable Diseases Hospital, and expand our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as well as new operating theaters, trauma services and car parking facilities.’

Many of these projects are near term, expected to open by the end of 2015 or early 2016 including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Bone and Joint Center Outpatients Department, the new Operating Theater Facility, Pediatric Emergency Center and Ambulatory Care Center.

HMC will also continue to focus on the opening of three new specialist hospitals and a translational research center in HBKMC. Construction is progressing on the Ambulatory Care Center, Women’s Wellness and Research Center and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute. Once the buildings are finished there will be a period of commissioning which requires the installation of high-tech and complex medical equipment. These steps are an essential part of preparing to provide high quality specialist care. Al Khalifa added:

HMC has been the leading healthcare provider in Qatar for almost 40 years and this plan will ensure we continue to lead the way for many generations to come. The new and enhanced facilities and network of services will support and reinforce HMC’s mission to provide the safest, most effective and compassionate care to each and every one of our patients.’

There are a series of facilities in the planning stage including renovations and expansions to existing hospitals, a new hospital for tertiary care, a new hospital for cancer care, a new metabolic center, a new neurosciences center, new diagnostic and treatment centers, a school of clinical services and expansions to physiotherapy, critical care, children’s services, blood bank and mental health services.

Watch this short video of the upcoming Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City (HBKMC):