Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) announced the temporary relocation of Mental Health Hospital Services from the Psychiatric Hospital on Salwa Road to Mesaieed General Hospital (MGH). The temporary relocation was due to the ongoing renovation of the Salwa Road facility.

The relocation of services will commence before the end of October and patients will move when clinical transfer plans have been completed.

MGH provides a highly suitable care environment for mental health patients whose treatment plans require them to be admitted to an inpatient unit. The specialist inpatient mental health facility in the hospital has been designed in such a way as to enhance the healing environment for patients, providing greater privacy and dignity to patients and offering more natural light than the current inpatient facility at Salwa Road.

According to Dr Majid Al Abdulla, Chairman of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mental Health Service at HMC, Mesaieed General Hospital provides an excellent environment for patients requiring admission to the inpatient unit.

He said that while this is a temporary relocation, they remain committed to ensuring that patients benefit from a modern, well-designed facility that supports their holistic treatment and recovery.

As many patients requiring admission often have other health conditions, Dr Al Abdulla said it is beneficial to have other medical services onsite. Co-locating at MGH facilitates seamless coordination between mental health professionals and other healthcare providers. Ultimately, the doctor underscored their aim to provide improved care and support to patients who require a short period of hospitalisation until they are well enough to go home.

MGH, which was opened in April 2020, is a 120-bed state-of-the-art hospital located south of Al Wakra. The inpatient mental health facility in the hospital is a result of joint work and collaboration between HMC’s Mental Health Service and Al Wakra Hospital.

Easier access to mental health care

Iain Tulley, National Health Strategy Lead for Mental Health and Well-Being and HMC’s Mental Health Service CEO, explained that HMC has significantly expanded its mental health services in recent years and access to mental health care is now easier.

People in need of mental health support can call the free and confidential National Mental Health Helpline to speak directly to a mental health professional. Additionally, Tulley said they have significantly expanded their outpatient services across Doha, with Integrated Specialist Clinics operated by HMC at multiple PHCC health centres – Rawdat al Khail, Thumama, Lebaib, Qatar University, Um Slal and Al Wajbah. This boosts access to mental health care.

Tulley said they are currently, reviewing their approach to outpatient provision, and some (services) will move to Mesaieed in the future. He said they will expand their services in conjunction with primary care and extend provision in general hospital settings across HMC to improve access, reduce stigma and integrate care.

In response to patient requests and the popularity of virtual mental health services, he said they plan to expand virtual access and provide easier and more confidential access to treatment and care.

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