Hamad Medical (HMC) has launched a dedicated service for paediatric day case surgery at Qatar’s Al Wakra Hospital (AWH).
Designed to deliver routine day surgery for children over the age of six months, the new service compliments the pre-existing suite of services at the hospital, including paediatric emergency, intensive care and outpatients.
With the introduction of this new service, the majority of routine paediatric day surgeries will take place at AWH instead of Hamad General Hospital (HGH).
The move is part of HMC’s overall plan to bring more services closer to the community and reduce paediatric day surgeries at HGH for all but the most complex cases.
According to HMC, this will also free up space to allow the continued development and expansion of services at HGH for the future.
AWH medical director Dr Mahmoud Heidous said: "Al Wakra Hospital strives to provide the best possible care and experience to each and every one of our patients.
"This new service will extend the great work already being done by our colleagues in HGH and will add to the range of services we already provide to our paediatric patients at AWH.
"We have a day care theatre that is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed by a team of specialists.
"Clinical care pathways are already in place to make sure we can offer a safe and effective service and we are ready to start receiving patients."
The service expansion is the latest in a range of initiatives at HMC that aim to increase capacity and ensure services are able to be delivered at the optimum effectiveness in order to meet the needs of the growing population.
HGH medical director Dr Yousuf Al Maslamani said: "The cases that are of the highest acuity and are most critical will continue to be seen at HGH.
"HGH is a tertiary care centre and by moving day cases we are increasing capacity to handle our sickest patients, while enhancing our highly specialised services in outlying communities."