Sidra Medicine (Sidra), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and Qatar’s new hospital for children, young people, and women, marked the first anniversary of its Paediatric Day Surgery Clinic, a central part of a growing list of world-class services offered at the Sidra Outpatient Clinic.

The state-of-the-art clinic, which admits children for minor surgeries and procedures has performed over 325 successful surgeries on patients aged 10 months to 14 years old, since it opened last November.

Dr David Sigalet - Sidra Medicine
Dr David Sigalet

Dr David Sigalet, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Sidra Medicine, who has over 25 years of experience in surgery, research and academia, emphasised the importance of the facility.

We are delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of one of the key specialty services at Sidra. Conditions which may not be life threatening can nevertheless have a significant impact on a child’s life. It is for this reason that Day Surgery is an essential element in any comprehensive healthcare provision programme.’

Sidra’s Paediatric Day Surgery Clinic is home to 148 specialists who joined the clinic from Qatar and across the world to contribute their expertise in a patient-centric setting.

The clinic receives local and international referrals and covers a number of procedures, including: inguinal hernia repairs; orchidopexy (surgery used to bring the testes down); umbilical and epigastric hernia repairs; soft tissue biopsies and hydrocelectomy; ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures; ophthalmologic procedures; urologic procedures; minor plastic surgery procedures; and simple orthopaedic and ophthalmology procedures.

Dr Mitchell Stotland

Sidra Medicine’s child and family-centric approach is especially important for its young patients. Its allied health services are designed to provide the right atmosphere before surgery. Children patients work with play therapists who engage the young patients in activities to create a comfortable setting ahead of the procedure and doctors take special care to ensure that children feel at ease during procedures.

This approach has received high praise from both parents and children. Thomene Dilley, whose son recently underwent a minor surgery to remove a neck lesion, thanked the hospital for its incredible work. He said that Sidra has an extraordinary team of experienced healthcare professionals with empathy, passion and deep love for their patients.

The couple also singled out Dr Mitchell Stotland, who performed the surgery on their son. They said the doctor is simply one of the best doctors they had the pleasure of meeting. Dilley’s wife said that Dr Stotland explained everything about the procedure and left their son ‘unafraid’ of what was to come.

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