Qatar’s Heart Hospital opens new Heart Failure Unit

5 July 2015 (Last Updated July 5th, 2015 18:30)

Hamad Medical (HMC) member Heart Hospital has opened an advanced Heart Failure Unit (AHF), in a bid to offer specialised multi-disciplinary care for people with advanced heart failure.

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Hamad Medical (HMC) member Heart Hospital has opened an advanced Heart Failure Unit (AHF), in a bid to offer specialised multi-disciplinary care for people with advanced heart failure.

The new AHF unit features modern equipment and provides clinic consultations with diagnostic tools such as electrocardiography (ECG) and x-rays.

HMC advanced heart failure programme director Dr Amr Badr said: "We had our soft opening in March this year, and are looking forward to further developing our services to ensure we provide the best possible care for our increasing number of patients."

"The AHF unit plays a significant role in attending to the patients' physical, emotional and psychological needs, and in bettering their quality of life."

The AHF will also provide assessment and re-assessment, short stay admission, pharmacy counselling, patient education, inpatient consultation and education, as well as home telemonitoring services.

The new unit's home telemonitoring approach will allow the healthcare team to monitor a patient's vital signs and general condition while the patient is at home.

Heart Hospital nursing director Catherine Marshall said: "The AHF unit plays a significant role in attending to the patients' physical, emotional and psychological needs, and in bettering their quality of life."

Heart Hospital includes a 20-bed coronary care unit, 12-bed cardiothoracic intensive care unit (ICU), 24-bed surgical high-dependency unit (HDU) and a 60-bed ward.

HMC operates eight hospitals, including five specialist hospitals and three community hospitals. It also manages the National Ambulance Service and home healthcare.


Image: Heart Hospital has opened the new Heart Failure Unit. Photo: courtesy of Hamad Medical Corporation.