Opening of HMC Clinic in Sealine Marks Start of Camping Season in Qatar
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will open its medical clinic in the Sealine area this week. The Sealine Medical Clinic has been operating for 11 years, and their opening usually coincides with the start of the camping season in Qatar.
The clinic will operate from 3 pm on Thursdays until 5 pm on Saturdays, throughout the camping season. They will remain open until the official end of the camping season. The opening of the clinic highlights the commitment of HMC to provide safe, compassionate and effective healthcare services to all patients in Qatar.
HMC Chief Communications Officer and Sealine Medical Clinic Project Manager Ali Abdulla Al Khater, urged campers to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures like social distancing, wearing masks and regular handwashing, to ensure that individual safety is maintained at all times.
Al Khater said that the clinic plays an important role in serving the public in this major tourism and camping area, praising the long-standing cooperation between HMC and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) which provides the ideal location for the clinic.
The clinic is located on a main road adjacent to the busy beach, resort, mosque, and shopping area. Services and amenities from this point also allow easy access to the clinic, making it easier for their team to provide first aid services to the public faster.
Medical Supervisor Dr Hamid Ghareeb said the facility is equipped to handle injuries and administer first aid to campers and visitors.
The clinic has all the medical equipment and medications needed to manage injuries, but cases of urgent or serious nature are usually transported to the hospital by ambulance or by LifeFlight helicopter, depending on the severity of the injury or illness.
The clinic, which is staffed by a physician, nurse and medical supervisor, receives all types of medical emergencies and is served by a helipad for easy LifeFlight access.
Following the mandate of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the clinic will take all necessary precautionary measures, such as physical distancing and the provision of personal protective equipment, including face masks and hand sanitisers to protect the health of clinic visitors.
Saleh M Al Marri of the HMC Ambulance Service said Ambulance Service coverage in the Sealine area operates 24/7 with two standard response vehicles as well as two 4×4 vehicles, which are deployed for transporting patients from the sand dune areas to either the clinic, a standard ambulance vehicle, or to the helipad.
Based on the request of the tourism authorities, the HMC Ambulance Service will increase the number of ambulances to six, and five 4×4 vehicles during weekends and official holidays.
The fleet is ready to respond to all emergency calls from campers in the Sealine resort and surrounding areas during the camping season.
The new 4×4 ambulances have been modified to cope with the special terrain in Sealine and surrounding areas, to enable them to reach patients safely and with great flexibility.
Al Marri also urged campers to adhere to safety guidelines during the camping season and to follow all preventive measures against COVID-19 issued by MoPH and HMC.
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