Due to its continued commitment to provide excellence in obstetrical and maternity care to women with varying medical needs, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Hamad Medical Corporation’s Al Wakra Hospital (AWH) has successfully conducted 2,000 deliveries, including those of twins and triplets.

“Our mission is to provide the safest and the highest quality of care to not just pregnant ladies but all other women who are experiencing any kind of medical problems related to fertility and other general health issues pertinent to the reproductive system,” said Ms. Ghadeer Mustafa, Director of Nursing at AWH. “Highly-qualified specialists, consultants, midwives and staff nurses are working around-the-clock to offer maternity services to all women who come to us.”

Opened in December 2012, the Department serves as a comprehensive clinical section within the hospital and consists of six specialized units designed to meet the individual medical requirements of expectant women as well as women with other gynecology conditions.

Maternity services are provided at dedicated units within the Department; an Inpatient Unit with a capacity of 52 beds, dedicated to obstetrics and gynecology cases; an Outpatient Unit with 11 clinics and with eight beds at a sub division Day Care Unit which receives various obstetrical and maternity cases; a dedicated Emergency Unit with 11 beds; and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 25 beds.

“In addition we have 8 Labor and Delivery Rooms with one bed for the mother and one for the baby in each, coupled with an induction room, recovery room, as well as a baby resuscitation room,” Ms. Mustafa said. “To address the needs for obstetric surgery cases like caesarian delivery, post-delivery complication or other kinds of required surgery, we have two operating theatres equipped with the most advanced diagnosis and treatment devices.” Moreover, the department offers patient and family counseling to new parents, women with specific conditions during pregnancy, and to women affected with other reproductive health illnesses and conditions.

This year the Outpatient Unit provided obstetric and gynecology care to over 12,500 patients, the Inpatient Unit to 3,000 patients, and the Emergency Unit to over 10,500 patients.

Beginning from 8 December, the Department has introduced an improved appointment system with the support of HMC’s Center for Health Improvement (CHI) to enhance the appointment system for obstetrics and gynecology services. “The new appointment system aims to improve the appointment system at the department and minimize waiting time for the patients in the Outpatient unit,” Ms Mustafa said.

Any patient can access maternity care services through providing a letter of referral from a doctor at a public health centre or from a doctor at another clinic within the hospital. For more information, the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic at AWH can be contacted on 40114568 or 40115221.