Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has opened an emergency department with the capacity to handle 83,000 visits a year.
The newly-constructed department contains six areas including a triage and registration area, intake area and a procedure room. The development is expected to reduce patient waiting times.
SKMC emergency department acting chair Dr Glyn Barnett was quoted by The National as saying that the development, which replaces existing facilities, was opened to meet the growing demand for care.
"The number of patients we have seen over the course of the last two or three years has increased significantly," Dr Barnett said.
"This is a whole new department, not an extension. It has been completely rebuilt, offering more floor space for treatment areas."
The new building includes a critical-care room, 43 treatment rooms across two emergency-departments and 56 clinical-treatment spaces for patients, including two rooms for psychiatric care.
There are also plans to set aside two treatment rooms for Emiratis who visit the emergency room between 4pm and midnight. These have not yet been incorporated into the new space.
SKMC nursing assistant director Margaret Crockford was quoted by the news agency as saying; "The object is not to allow the patients to sit in the waiting room but to get them seen by a physician, which is an expectation of most ER departments."