The Women’s Wellness and Research Centre (WWRC) of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is welcoming patients to its newly expanded diabetes clinic which has relocated from the Women’s Hospital.

According to Dr Faten Al-Taher, Senior Consultant at WWRC, they are thrilled to relocate the clinic to one that is nearly double in size.

By introducing additional clinics, I am confident we can help more women diagnosed with, or at risk of, type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes to manage their condition.’

Women's Wellness and Research CenterDr Al-Taher stated that the specialised clinic receives 1,400 visits a month from women diagnosed with a thyroid condition and/or diabetes prior to or during pregnancy.

Dr Mohammed Bashir, an Endocrine Consultant at HMC said that women with diabetes should strive to reach normal blood glucose levels before they become pregnant and those who have been diagnosed with diabetes should seek a referral to the diabetes clinic as soon as possible.

Dr Bashir warns that women with poorly controlled diabetes pre- or post-pregnancy are at higher risk of serious fetal complications, in particular, congenital deficits, loss of pregnancy, high blood pressure, large birth weight babies, or complications during delivery, including premature birth, fetal death, larger babies, and cesarean section.

Dr Al-Taher said that to help women achieve a successful pregnancy, the WWRC Diabetes Clinic employs a multidisciplinary team which focuses on equipping each patient with the education and tools they need to manage their diet, weight, blood pressure and medication. The team also provides women with advice on how to increase physical activity levels, and self-manage and monitor their blood glucose levels.

Our clinic is unique because our multidisciplinary team offers a customised diabetes management programme tailored specifically to the needs of each patient. Women referred to us should expect our clinicians to offer a continuity of care that will help them achieve the healthiest childbirth experience possible in one convenient location.’

The new specialised diabetes clinic is located on Level 1 of the Outpatient Department of the Women’s Wellness and Research Centre. Future expansion plans include the addition of podiatry and retina screening clinics and facilities that will offer a comprehensive inventory of diabetes medical supplies, ultimately providing all diabetic services in a single, convenient location.

For more information about the different facilities under the HMC, visit their website at hamad.qa.