August 2011

HGH Pharmacy Announces Timings during Eid Holidays, Doha, 21 August

The Pharmacy Department at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) announced that it will remain open during the Eid holidays in order to enable patients pick up their medications during this period.

During the Eid holidays, the Pharmacy will be open for three days only, in coincidence with the medication clinic, to enable patients collect their prescriptions. Timings will be as follows:

Sunday, 28 August and Monday, 29 August: 8:00am to 1:00pm.
Sunday, 4 September: 7:00am to 3:00pm.

The HGH Pharmacy timings were announced by Dr Halima Al Tamimi, Director of HGH Pharmacy Department.

“We are encouraging all patients who have no more medications left for these days and have to continue taking their medications, to please come to the Pharmacy during the Eid holidays and we would be happy to serve you,” said Dr Al Tamimi.

“We want to assist our patients who finished their medications or need a refill, so that they can take advantage of this period to pick up their medications and avoid queues after the Eid holidays.” Dr Al Tamimi added.

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World’s Longest Peace Message to be Written by HMC Patients, Doha, 16 August

RH patient Gears Up for Guinness World Records: A patient at Rumaillah Hospital (RH) started first steps to register his name in “Guinness World Records - GWR” through the launch, from Qatar, of the longest peace message in the world.

The message shall incorporate views and comments, made by the largest number of patients, on the concept of peace and ways and means to achieve international peace and security under the prevailing circumstances the world is currently witnessing.

Mr. Mohamed Nzar Idriss the originator of the idea of the world’s longest peace message said: “The idea came to my head while I was following up the events and popular uprisings, overspreading all over the world especially the Arab Region, to put back our countries on the proper track. I think this is the most appropriate time to send such message to the world to explain our dire need for peace, security and the change for the best”.

“Patients of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), from all age groups, will be first participants in this peace message,” Mohd Nzar added.

Having his initiative been welcomed by Guinness World Records management, Mohd Nzar hopes that a voluntary work agency or an entity caring for the disabled in Qatar may sponsor his initiative and help him in compiling patients’ opinions and comments on the concept of international peace. All concerned HMC departments and sections are currently supporting the initiative, which will be implemented by Nzar soon.

For more information, please contact Mohd Nzar on 66462649, 44397015 or email

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Six Medical Students Complete their Training at HMC, Doha, 8 August

As part of its training drive for medical students the Medical Education Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) conducted training program for six female medical students from Oman Medical College, Muscat and the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Al Ain, UAE.

The one month training program included a variety of training activities at various medical departments of HMC hospitals, under supervision of the Corporation’s staff.

Dr. Abdul Latif Al Khal, Director Medical Training at HMC, held an advisory session with the trainees, followed by distribution of training completion certificates to the medical trainees.

Dr. Omar Zaghmout, Assistant Director Medical Training and Dr. Mohamed Said Al Taweel, Assistant Director Medical Training, were present at the occasion.

“HMC is considered a renowned academic health center in the region. HMC academic training programs include a summer training program targeting the final year medical students. Our Medical Training Department annually receives considerable number of training applications from students studying at Arab World, Europe and the US. We normally give priority to Qatari and GCC students in this training program, where the trainee participates in all scientific activities and medical practices conducted by medical departments of various HMC hospitals,” Dr Zaghmout said.

The student can choose between more than 20 major medical departments throughout their training period, in addition to specialized subsections. Upon completion, the student will receive a certificate duly accredited by HMC Medical Training Department, according to Dr. Abdul Latif Al Khal.

“The training covered four major medical sections; emergency, surgery, internal medicine and endoscopy. The GCC medicine students join, during their practical training, the working physician teams and directly participate in all daily activities which include: physical tests, diagnosis, inpatients’ follow up, attendance of scientific and medical lectures organized by every medical section as well as witnessing certain surgical procedures. This group of students, however, represents the first batch of GCC medicine students to join such training as a group as before every student comes as an individual initiative,” said Dr.Omar Zaghmout.

The students were: Asma’a Al-Mazroie; Ameena Al-Mikhaimi; Maymouna Al-Bloushi and Fakhrya Al-Hogani from Oman and; Maryam Darweish and Eiman Hussain Al-Mulla from the UAE.

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Hamad Medical Corporation and Partners Pledge to Create a World Class Academic Health System in Qatar, Doha, 8 August

In the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, regional and international healthcare leaders and experts gathered in Doha tonight to mark a formal commitment by HMC, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and their partners to bringing the very best of international health care practices to Qatar through the establishment of an Academic Health System.

During a partnership signing ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton, HMC and its partners – WCMC-Q, University of Calgary Qatar (UCQ), Primary Health Care (PHC), Qatar University (QU), Sidra Medical and Research Center and College of the North Atlantic -Qatar (CNAQ) – pledged their commitment to further developing high quality patient care and a healthy population through academic excellence and pioneering research.

Academic Health Systems (AHS) are partnerships between leading learning and research institutions and healthcare providers. They are recognized internationally as a model for pioneering research and medical discoveries and for making them available to patients. They are synonymous around the world with academic excellence and delivery of the highest quality patient care. The AHS launched tonight in Qatar is the first of its kind in the region.

“We have together developed a strategy which will transform HMC and its partners into an academic health system capable of delivering the highest quality of care for our patients,” HMC Managing Director Hanan al Kuwari PhD said today. “As all of the academic and healthcare providers will be brought together into a single partnership working towards a shared vision and strategic plan, educational programs will also be aligned with workforce and training needs.

“Guided and advised by an international advisory board comprising world experts in their fields, the initiative will also enable the development of world class research in specific areas, by building critical mass and facilitating the sharing of expertise and equipment. This is all working toward one end – providing the highest quality care for our patients.

”The AHS we develop here in Qatar will be one that specifically targets and addresses the nation’s unique healthcare needs and challenges and we will assess progress against key performance indicators .”

A joint steering committee co-chaired by Dr. Hanan and Dr Javiad Sheikh, Dean of WCMC-Q and with membership from UCQ, QU, CNAQ, Sidra, PHC and HMC has been meeting regularly to develop a common vision, mission and guiding principles. The plans build joint infrastructures in clinical care, research, education, community engagement, human resources development and information systems.

“The introduction of an AHS should make it attractive for our medical graduates to come back to Qatar to join us in creating new knowledge, using it for improving the healthcare and wellbeing of our citizens, and disseminating that knowledge to future generations of students,” Dr. Sheikh said. “The AHS will provide unique opportunities for inter-professional education and contribute significantly to building a skilled biomedical workforce for Qatar. This should also accelerate our pace for discoveries and developing novel therapeutic strategies.”

Keynote speaker at tonight’s launch was healthcare leader and expert in developing and implementing Academic Health Systems, Dr. Victor Dzau, Chancellor of Health Affairs at Duke University and President and CEO of Duke University Medical Center in the United States.

Dr. Dzau said Academic Medicine will “encourage innovation, a drive for new knowledge, research that generates evidence for clinical care and environments that produce breakthroughs in care”.

“Even though your AHS is in many ways a physical entity literally based in Qatar; functionally, there are no boundaries. In today’s world where medicine is becoming increasingly complex on a daily basis, AHSs must form local and global partnerships in order to continuously evolve and uphold the academic medicine missions. Partnerships provide fresh perspectives, profound expertise, and new opportunities,” Dr. Dzau said.

For more information on the AHS, including biographies of the International Advisory Board please visit

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Telemedicine Expert at HMC Receives Worldwide Recognition, Doha, 3 August

An internationally renowned telemedicine expert at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently received worldwide recognition for his work in this field.

Dr Rifat Latifi, Director of Trauma Services at HMC, is the president and founder of the International Virtual e-Hospital (IVeH) Foundation – a US-based non-profit organization whose telemedicine program for the Balkans and other countries received the 21st Century Achievement Award for Health from the 23rd Annual Computerworld Honors Program.

“One of my passions is the establishment of telemedicine in developing countries and around the world as a way of improving patients’ access to doctors, reducing the cost of medical services, and improving patient satisfaction, as well as transforming medical education,” said Dr Latifi, who is behind efforts to establish telemedicine in Qatar.

The global Computerworld Honors Program pays tribute to individuals and organizations whose visionary applications of information technology (IT) promote positive social, economic and educational change. The Health Category recognizes the innovative use of IT to conduct research, develop new diagnostic or treatment methods and services, and improve the safety and quality of patient care, or improve access to, or the affordability of, healthcare.

Dr Latifi accepted the award in Washington, DC in June, successfully competing against prestigious organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Cisco, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Direct Relief International, Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, Face Forward Fund, IBM, the US Internal Revenue Service, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Swiss Medical Group.

Telemedicine, a rapidly developing application of clinical medicine, allows physicians to provide care to patients at a distance through live consultations over video, or capture video/still images and patient data which are stored and sent to physicians for diagnosis and follow-up treatment at a later time. It can also be used in conducting examinations or remote medical procedures.

The award-winning project called the Balkans Telemedicine Program has become an integral part of healthcare and serves as a model for telemedicine in developing countries. “Our edge is sustainability,” said Dr Latifi. “We implemented our strategy called Initiate, Build, Operate and Transfer (IBOT) in several countries starting in Kosova, which was devastated by war, and did not have an electronic library or much access to the outside world.”

“Our strategy involves building the infrastructure, developing the educational programs to ensure sustainability, and creating the human capacity to independently manage telemedicine and telehealth programs,” Dr Latifi explained. “When the program is fully operational, we turn it over to the country’s health ministry or government, and it becomes part of the country’s fabric.”

The establishment of a telemedicine program in Qatar will facilitate access to specialists for patients who live far from the main hospitals. Its application is also expected to promote more efficient delivery of continuing medical education through a telemedicine training center, as successfully achieved in Kosova.

Besides his work in the Balkans, Dr Latifi also brings experience from the University of Arizona, USA, which he said has one of the best telemedicine programs in the world – being applicable to any medical discipline, from seeing patients in pre-operative clinics, to dermatology, psychiatry, internal medicine, cardiology, high-risk pregnancies, telesurgery, trauma and emergency. “Hopefully we will be able to introduce the same technologies here that are being done worldwide by our own local experts, and by next year create a solid overall program for telemedicine in Qatar.”

Dr Latifi believes Qatar has a great potential to become one of the leading countries in telemedicine and eHealth (healthcare supported by electronic processes and communication). “Most of the hospitals in Qatar are under one system, which is the HMC system; so we can be a really good example of the application of telemedicine through an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach. Telemedicine and eHealth are of great importance as we continue to develop tremendously from all the other elements.”

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Renovation Work at Hamad General Hospital and Women’s Hospital, Doha, 2 August

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is undertaking an extensive program to renovate and refurbish existing facilities at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and Women’s Hospital (WH).

We are doing this to ensure we continue to offer the highest quality healthcare to our patients in a caring, safe and appealing environment.

Every effort will be made to ensure that any disruption to services is kept to an absolute minimum. However there will be changes to the way in which both buildings are accessed and patients, their families and other visitors are advised to be aware of these changes.

Women’s Hospital
All outpatient clinics and appointments will continue to operate as normal, however, the entrance to the Outpatient Department (OPD) at Women’s Hospital has been temporarily closed. Patients will instead need to access the department through the main entrance of the hospital. The temporary entry route has been specially signposted to help patients and visitors find their way easily and safely.

Hamad General Hospital
From 10 August, the main entrance lobby area of HGH will be totally closed for renovations. There will be no access at all to or through the lobby area for a period of up to six months.
Lobby services will be relocated to other areas of the hospital and alternative entrances will be provided. The temporary alternative entrance for patients and visitors, located to the left of the closed main entrance on the female side of the outpatient department, will be clearly marked.
Several traffic lanes in front of the HGH main entrance will be blocked to accommodate the construction project. Spaces in front of the temporary alternative entrance will be reserved for patient drop off and pick up only .

Although we have worked to plan and manage traffic flows throughout this phase of the renovation, there may be delays.
To avoid delays, patients and visitors are advised to arrive 30 to 45 minutes early for appointments at HGH.

Relocation of Services at HGH

Services currently offered in the lobby area will be relocated to other parts of the hospital, as follows:
  • The Admitting Department will be located at the registration area of the Female Outpatient Department (OPD).
  • Cashiers will be located at the registration area of the Male OPD.
  • Female OPD patients will register for their appointments at the registration counter in the Male OPD.
  • ATMs will be available in the OPD lobby and the HGH visitor lift lobby leading to inpatient rooms
  • Helpdesk staff will be placed near the temporary main patient and visitor entrance
  • The flower shop will be temporarily relocated in the corridor near the visitor lift lobby.
  • Mutawa offices, security and lost and found will be temporarily housed in the Female OPD. These offices will be clearly sign-posted.

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