The Wound Management and Prevention initiative launched by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Home Healthcare Services (HHCS) in 2008 is not only positively impacting the patients’ quality of life but is also reducing stress on the system by providing services to patients outside of the hospital setting.

In recent years, wound care has become one of the fastest growing requirements for home healthcare services in Qatar. Providing wound care in patients’ homes smooths the transition from care provided in the hospital and helps ease pressure on inpatient and emergency services.

HHCS Medical Director Dr Essa Mubarak Al Sulaiti said that the wound management initiative was launched due to increased community demand. It has become an important part of the HMC strategy to ‘decentralise’ its services. The homecare model also helps ease pressure on the emergency services and outpatient clinics, and reduce the number of hospital admissions.

The internationally-accredited HHCS currently cares for over 1,600 patients across Qatar. According to Dr Al Sulaiti, patients are visited according to their individualised plan of care by a multidisciplinary team. Dr Al Sulaiti, who was appointed as the first Medical Director of the HHCS in 2015, said that the service has undergone transformation in recent years, from a nursing-care model to incorporate physicians and specialty-care clinicians.

Year on year we are continuing to advance to meet the demands of our patients. We have a comprehensive strategy to improve the range of services provided to patients in their home and are continuing to increase the number of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals serving in different specialities.’

Antonia Limpiada, Assistant Executive Director of Nursing with the HHCS, said the wound management initiative has reduced daily visits to outpatient clinics. She added that the services provide care to both paediatric and adult patients with complex wounds.

The Home Healthcare Service has four subspecialty wound care nurses who oversee and manage the Wound Management and Prevention Programme. Our service not only cares for patients requiring specialised treatment but we also ensure that patients receive the appropriate education to care for themselves and to avoid future complications. Since the start of our service, we have seen a decrease in hospital admissions for wound management.’

Limpiada said that each patient receives an individualised care plan and that the patient’s adherence to their plan is ensured through regular follow-up visits by subspecialty teams.

Homecare services are available daily from 7 am to 8 pm for any patient who meets the HHCS criteria. HHCS is based in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City with satellite locations in Al Khor and Al Wakra.

For more information about HHCS, visit the HMC website at hamad.qa.