Mesaieed General Hospital (MGH) was opened in record time in April 2020 to meet the spiralling demands for hospital beds due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the dwindling number of acute cases have opened the opportunity for the hospital to be redeployed more effectively.

Over 90 geriatric male and female adult long-term patients have been transferred over the past month to receive care in a healthcare environment deemed more age-appropriate.

The new 120-bed state-of-the-art facility offers a combination of single and twin-bed hospital rooms, a gym for occupational and physical therapy, and space for patients to meet comfortably with family members in a quieter environment.

Dr Abdulla Al Ansari presenting a flower to a long-term care patient in Mesaeed Hospital
Dr Abdulla Al-Ansari presents a flower to a long-term care patient in Mesaeed General Hospital

The strategic decision to relocate stable non-COVID geriatric patients to MGH was jointly suggested by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Chief Medical Officer Dr Abdulla Al-Ansari and Dr Sabah Alkadhi, Interim CEO and Medical Director of Al Wakra and Mesaieed Hospitals, and approved by Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, chairperson for the Department of Geriatrics and Long-Term Care and Medical Director for Rumailah Hospital and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr Al-Ansari explained that the clinical decision to move geriatric long-term care patients to MGH follows their model that supports the delivery of the right care by having the right people in the right place at the right time.

Mesaieed General Hospital provides an ideal care environment for these geriatric patients. While they need ongoing medical monitoring, they do not need to be in an acute care facility.

He said that by relocating the patients here, they are not only provided with a superior healing environment but that over 90 acute-care beds have been made available in other specialist hospitals for patients who are more in need of acute clinical care.

The collaboration between Hamad General Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, and Al Wakra Hospital has been excellent and has enabled us to provide better hospital bed utilisation across our system. I am grateful to all staff involved in enabling this transition to happen efficiently.

Age-appropriate care

Dr Al Hamad, who is also the National Lead for Healthy Ageing, stated the importance of providing specialised age-appropriate care for geriatric patients to ensure better health recovery outcomes and patient satisfaction. Geriatric patients who need hospital care benefit from receiving specialised care provided by trained geriatricians, nursing and allied health professional staff, such as occupational and physiotherapists.

These patients, according to Dr Al Hamad, tend to have more comorbid chronic illnesses and disabilities and they require age-appropriate management to lessen the risk of adverse events during hospitalisation, such as becoming confused, experiencing delirium or falls, which can lead to a rapid decline in the functioning of the older patient.

The fact that we were able to assign many of our staff with experience in geriatric care to MGH was instrumental in ensuring that our patients receive compassionate age-appropriate care, and this has led to positive feedback from patients who have been moved from other specialist hospitals.

MGH has so many benefits for these patients as it offers excellent medical and therapeutic facilities but in a modern, bright, yet less busy and noisy environment compared to several of HMC’s larger hospitals, says Dr Alkadhi.

I am grateful for all the strategic support received by the medical and nursing leadership at HMC, our Ambulance Service and the support services who are key to ensuring that we provide efficient and effective care to this cohort of patients.

Dr Hanadi Al Hamad and Ms Mariam Al-Mutawa

HMC Acting Chief Nursing Officer Mariam Al-Mutawa emphasised the importance of experienced nursing care when dealing with geriatric patients.

She said that nurses generally spend longer time with patients providing direct care. A solid level of geriatric knowledge to understand the older person’s complex problems, identify their needs, plan and provide high-quality care is an essential aspect of delivering compassionate and effective patient-centred care.

Our nurses work very closely with physicians and allied health professionals and our commitment is to promote effective multidisciplinary teamwork to help our patients receive care that is optimised for them.

As a facility, MGH is managed by Al Wakra Hospital, with the operational management handled by Rumailah Hospital and the Geriatric and Long-Term Care Department.

Consultant Geriatrician and MGH Clinical Lead Dr Osman Nemeri said that the highly supportive executive leadership has helped establish collaborative multidisciplinary teams, which have had a huge positive impact on patient care. He acknowledged the nursing support received through Rumailah Hospital, which has extensive experience in geriatric patient care.

For more information on HMC’s geriatric services, visit hamad.qa


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