Patients serviced at Qatar’s only dedicated Burns Unit located at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Wakra Hospital reached over 6,400 at its outpatient clinics so far this year.

Data from the HMC show that as of November 2019, more than 80 pediatric patients were treated in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, over 180 patients who required surgical intervention, and more than 200 patients received reconstructive burn treatment at Al Wakra Hospital’s Plastic Surgery Division.

Assistant Executive Director of Nursing at Al Wakra Hospital Parwaneh Al Shibani said:

Caring for patients who have been burned is complex as a burn injury can be one of the most severe forms of trauma. Patients with burn injuries often present with unique clinical, psychological, and social challenges.”

Al Shibani also adds that Al Wakra Hospital’s Burns Unit provides patients with multi-disciplinary care.

Patients treated at the Burns Unit at Al Wakra Hospital are supported around the clock by physicians from more than a dozen medical and surgical specialities, including neurosurgery, vascular surgery, and psychiatry, as well as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, and social workers.

The Burns Unit at Al Wakra Hospital was relocated from Rumailah Hospital in 2014 as part of HMC’s efforts to transform many of its key clinical services in response to managing the healthcare requirements of Qatar’s growing population. Situated over two floors, the Burns Unit has a dedicated operating room, inpatient rooms, an occupational therapy room, consulting rooms for outpatients, and reception and recovery spaces.

Al Shibani notes that there are plans to introduce new services at the Unit in the coming months, specifically fat grafting and laser therapy to treat patients with burn scars.

In addition to the burn care provided by our specialised team, we also work closely with government agencies, including the General Directorate of Civil Defense, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and Primary Health Care Corporation, as part of our program to prevent burn injuries.”