November 2011

HMC celebrates World Radiographers Day with awareness program, Doha, 30 November

The Radiology department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently celebrated the World Radiographers Day, which falls on 8 November, honoring the work of the organization’s more than 200 radiographers.
“The radiographers are the technicians, who actually operate the various imaging machines at different hospitals services. Their imaging capabilities play a crucial role in providing correct and informed diagnosis of any patient,” said Ms. Fatima Al Sulaiti, Chief technologist at the Heart Hospital.
Events marking the World Radiographers Day included special abstract presentations by radiographers about their profession addressing its history, the types of modalities available in each hospitals and the important difference they make to the patients lives through their hard work and dedication.

The day’s event also highlighted different types of imaging  used for patient examination such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT Cardiac), angiography, fluoroscopy, portable X-ray, dental X-ray, nuclear medicine. They also play a part in cancer care through radiotherapy, which is a separate branch of radiology.
A special case presentation was also made about Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) which has allowed the radiology department to offer paperless and seamless imaging records of all patients in digital format. PACS has led to better patient diagnosis and treatment and outcomes.

In an attempt to highlight radiology as a rewarding career, HMC also held an information session for professionals at the Heart hospital auditorium.

 “For students who want to become radiographers the opportunities to study and get employed are plenty. They can get enrolled for the radiographers’ course at the College of North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) and after they finish it they can join HMC as radiographers,” Ms. Fatima stated.

Any new radiographer joining the corporation undergoes a one year orientation program on all the imaging modalities available at the hospitals, she said. Then they are assigned to a section, where they sharpen their imaging skills in one specialized area of radiography.

This year the World Radiographers Day event at HMC also saw awards for exceptional radiographers from across the organization.  Mr. G amal Arafat Hamza-HGH, Mr. Prakash Chandra Ajila-RH, Mr. Alfredo B. Dolojan-Al Amal , Mr. James McClellan-Radiotherapy, Mr. Ahmed Al Najar-Al Khor and Mr. Richard Praveen Kumar-Heart Hospital were the proud radiographers to win this award.

The World Radiographers Day at HMC was organized under the leadership of Dr. Ahmed Omar, Chairman of Radiology Department. It included key participation and guidance from Mr. Mahmoud Saleh Al Raisi, Executive Director of The Heart Hospital, OHS Executive Director Ms. Huda Al Naimi, Director of ASPETAR Ms. Salwa Al Lingawai and senior officials from Al Ahli hospital and Qatar Petroleum.

HMC Hosts Lysosomal Storage Diseases Forum, Doha, 29 November

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) hosted the first Forum on Lysosomal Storage Diseases (LSD) in the Middle East on 23-24 November at the La Cigale Hotel and Hamad Medical Education Center. This scientific meet reiterates HMCs commitment towards bettering patient care through the introduction of latest medical knowledge and expertise from around the world.

This prestigious HMC engagement saw health professionals in the field of LSD converge from across the globe to discuss the recent advances in basic and clinical aspects of LSD, which is collective term for over 50 rare inherited metabolic diseases that mostly affect children; however adults can be affected as well.

The symptoms for person suffering from any of LSDs can range from mild to severe and can include delays to physical and mental development, movement disorders, seizures, dementia, deafness and blindness.

A selective group of distinguished metabolic geneticists and researchers both internationally and from the region presented state of the art information on the subject and discussed possible future treatments.

Dr. Tawfeg Ben-Omran, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG, Chairperson for the LSD forum said, ‘HMC is delighted to host this, the first Middle East Lysosomal Storage Disease Forum. We hosted the leading professionals in this field in one room discussing treatment and therapies and we achieved a lot from the full day’s program. We were lucky enough to have the leading metabolic geneticists presenting to us and I am very excited about the knowledge and information they shared for the benefit of patients, not only in Qatar, but around the globe.’

Some of the key LSD subjects addressed by experts during the two day forum included,
‘Basic concepts and diagnostic challenges in LSDs’, which was presented by Dr. M Scarpa from Italy.

An interesting presentation was made on ‘Phenotype and epidemiology of LSDs’ in adults’ by
Dr. Edward Cupler from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

‘Pregnancy outcome in patients with LSDs’ was addressed by Dr. Elaine Murphy from United Kingdom.

Another keynote presentation on ‘How successful is prevention of LSDs’ in Middle East’ was made by Dr. Fatma Al-Jasmi from United Arab Emirates.

HMC Holds 9th Arab Transfusion Medicine Course, Doha, 29 November

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently held the ninth Arab Medicine Transfusion Course as part of efforts to educate healthcare professionals about blood donor recruitment and address the need for more blood donors in Qatar. This was the first time Qatar hosted the course, which is rotated annually among different countries in order to focus on pressing healthcare issues in each country.

Dr Abdulatif Al Khal, Director of Medical Education at HMC, inaugurated the prestigious event, which was attended by representatives from 22 countries.  The course tackled global challenges in achieving blood supply self-sufficiency and ways to address those challenges, and featured speakers from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Palestine and other countries, as well as Qatar.

“For this course, we have identified a need for massive recruitment of blood donors in Qatar,” said Dr Aysha Al Malki, Administrative and Technical Director at HMC’s Blood Donor Center and Head of the Organizing Committee. “Some reasons for the low number of blood donors are the lack of information and awareness of potential donors, misconceptions about the safety of blood donation, and conservative thinking. The objective of the course was to educate healthcare workers about blood donor recruitment and to come up with strategies and plans on how to do the campaign through the various programs and activities during the conference.”

Dr Farzal Anwar, Medical Head of the Blood Donor Center at HMC, presented an update on the recent advances in blood bank automation. Ms Sadika Ismail and Ms Badriya Yousef presented reports on donor recruitment and blood safety in Qatar. Ms Ismail talked about Qatar’s efforts to increase the number of blood donors, including field campaigns, broadcast awareness and SMS to notify donors to come to the main blood donation center at Hamad General Hospital, which supplies blood and blood products for all hospitals in the country, including private hospitals. Meanwhile, Ms Yousef highlighted the importance of introducing the haemovigilance program (vein to vein traceability and safety of blood) to the blood transfusion services in Qatar.

The course emphasized the importance of achieving self-sufficiency for blood supply needs in order to promote safety and quality, and to improve morbidity and mortality rates, as well as to control the spread of transfusion-transmitted infections or TTIs. Effective methods of blood donor recruitment, such as the use of social media and the role of volunteer blood groups, were also tackled.

Discussions and workshops on donor recruitment and disaster management also formed part of the three-day conference, which concluded on Saturday at the Sharq Village and Spa Hotel.

HMC Highlights Academic Health System at Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Forum, Doha, 29 November

As part of efforts to highlight the recently-launched Academic Health System (AHS), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently took part in a research fair organized as part of Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Forum. HMC’s participation also aims to promote the forthcoming Translational Research Institute (TRI), a key component of the initiative which will facilitate internationally competitive outcomes in translational and clinical research.

HMC occupied a booth at the Exhibition Hall of the Qatar National Convention Center during the three-day forum last week, which was attended by research experts and renowned scientists from across 75 different global institutions. The HMC booth was manned by researchers and staff working on the AHS, and showcased information on the initiative with a particular focus on translational research.

HMC Managing Director Dr Hanan Al Kuwari said, “HMC’s participation in the Annual Research Forum is an important part of our efforts to disseminate knowledge on the Academic Health System, to take advantage of opportunities for knowledge exchange and research collaboration that the research forum presents, and to support the forum’s quest towards the global advancement of research and the establishment of Qatar as a leading center for innovative research and development.”

Academic health systems integrate research, education and clinical practice in a unique, seamless manner to improve patient care and well-being, search for innovative healthcare solutions, and ensure a modern, flexible and sustainable workforce. Launched in August in the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, HMC’s Academic Health System is a groundbreaking partnership with Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar and other academic and healthcare institutions in Qatar, including Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar University, University of Calgary-Qatar, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar and Primary Health Care.

Academic health systems are recognized internationally as a model for pioneering medical discoveries and for making these discoveries available to patients.

“The AHS focus on translational research means pioneering new research and discoveries and bringing them directly to the wards and bedsides to treat patients as soon as they have been safely tested,” said Dr Al Hareth Al-Khater, Chairman of the Medical Research Center at HMC. “This focus will help HMC make the best medicines and treatments available to patients more quickly and more effectively.”

The Translational Research Institute to be established under the initiative is scheduled for completion in 2013, and will provide state-of-the-art core research facilities for translational (bench to bedside) and clinical research focusing on the fields of cancer, trauma, infectious diseases, neuroscience, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and women and children’s health. The research institute will facilitate the translation of basic biomedical discoveries into new diagnostic biomarkers and therapies.

Pharmacy experts from UK hold research workshop at HMC. 65 pharmacists learn the nuances of basic research, Doha, 28 November

Hamad Medical Corporation ( HMC) as part of its constant endeavor to bring world class medical experts to Qatar is host to experts from School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in United Kingdom. It is one the premier pharmacy schools in the world, well known for its excellent quality of pharmacy education.

Dr. Derek Stewart, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Lorna W. McHAttie, Lecturer, Dr. H. Lesley Diack, Senior Lecturer in e-learning from Aberdeen are invited by pharmacists at women’s Hospital to share their expertise in conducting practice based pharmacy research. It aims at training the pharmacists to conduct research and provide the best medication protocol and optimum use of resources in any hospital setting.

A two day Pharmacy Research Workshop developed by School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Aberdeen, is been organized for 65 pharmacists from all across HMC hospitals.

This important pharmacy engagement at HMC is been organized under the leadership of Dr. Moza Al Hail, Director of Pharmacy at Women’s Hospital (WH) and Member of Academic Health System steering committee.

“The Pharmacy Research Workshop is aimed at motivating and enabling the pharmacist to take part in medical research. It is geared towards imparting the knowledge about basic research methodologies, the protocols to be followed and the main focus area in providing better patient care,” Dr. Moza said.

Dr.Moza also mentioned that this workshop will help to improve the quality of Pharmacy research conducted at HMC which in turn will help our organization to get international recognition through international publications of our high quality research work.

With the role of pharmacist constantly changing, they are now required to be more than just people behind the pharmacy counter. Pharmacists at HMC are expected to follow evidence based pharmacy practice. This calls on every pharmacist to look at each medicine and prescription and see whether it will lead to better patient care and treatment.

“Pharmacy research projects worlwide have revealed that many times there are marked differences in medication protocol suggested by pharmaceutical companies and the one’s advised by doctors. Through practical research in pharmacy we can find the best medication protocol for the patients,” said Mr. Abdul Rouf , Pharmacist at WH.

He further stated that modern medical best practices call upon the pharmacist to take more responsible role in patient care.

“The pharmacist has to ensure the safety of medication. Its optimal use and cost effectiveness, which benefits any hospital setting in multiple ways,” said Mr. Wessam El Kaseem, Pharmacist at WH.

The Pharmacy Research Workshop is in line with HMC vision to transform itself into an organization with premier Academic Health System based on research and education for all.

National Center for Cancer Care & Research Radiation Oncology Declared a Center of Competence by the IAEA, Doha, 23 November

The Department of Radiation Oncology at National Center for Cancer Care & Research, one of the region's leading radiation therapy providers and the only facility of its kind in Qatar, has been declared a Center of Competence by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under its Quality Assurance in Radiation Oncology Program. The assessment means that radiation oncology care at the hospital is considered to be of the highest international standards in terms of safety and quality. The mission was organized through the Ministry of Environment, Qatar

“The National Center for Cancer Care & Research Radiation Oncology Department is a model for cancer care organization. Safety levels are at their highest, and quality assurance procedures are very well-established in written form at all levels,” the Quality Assurance Team for Radiation Oncology’s (QUATRO) audit report said.

The QUATRO audit is one of the leading international benchmarks for measuring the quality and safety of clinical care in radiation oncology. A Center of Competence is one of the highest ratings that can be achieved in the IAEA audit, and signifies that the center is capable of delivering radiotherapy to the highest international standards as well as serving as a model for other radiotherapy centers globally.

The achievement was celebrated today at the hospital with an official handover of the audit findings to HMC’s Managing Director Dr Hanan Al Kuwari by Dr Noora Al Hammadi, Chairman of Radiation Oncology.

“We are thrilled to have been assessed as working at this advanced level and will continue to strive to provide our patients with the best services possible," said Dr Al Hammadi. “Patients in Qatar can be assured that the services we offer here surpass those offered in most countries globally. We are a model center and we are proud of this achievement.”

The IAEA is the world's center of cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up in 1957 as the world's "Atoms for Peace" organization within the United Nations family. The agency works with its member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.

The QUATRO is a specialized division of the IAEA consisting of expert radiation oncology personnel who work globally with healthcare organizations, ministries of health and hospitals. The project focuses on improving the quality and safety of patient care in radiotherapy through the provision of peer review, education and technical support.

An international team of QUATRO experts visited National Center for Cancer Care & Research to carry out their audit in a five-day mission in October 2010. Over 400 factors were assessed, ranging from equipment calibration and treatment procedures to the qualifications and experience of the medical and technical staff.

HMC Mental Health Open Day Provides Awareness on ADHD, Doha, 20 November

Hamad Medical Corporation’s Psychiatry Department invites clinical and healthcare professionals, educators and members of the general public to its next Open Day on Wednesday, November 23. The upcoming Open Day will feature a short lecture on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The presentation to be conducted by Dr May Jassim Al Muraisi, a PhD psychologist specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology/Psychiatry, will focus on what is ADHD, its causes and symptoms, how parents and teachers can help children or students with ADHD, and treatment options available. The open discussion will take place from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Psychiatry Department which is located next to The Center and MegaMart, and the Kahramaa office on Ibn Sina Street (map is attached).

ADHD is a condition that can cause trouble with focus and patience, as well as over-activity. It is one of the most common childhood disorders, and is more frequently diagnosed in boys than in girls. In Qatar, 1,541 students participated in a 2005 study which found ADHD to be a common problem among schoolchildren in the country, with an overall prevalence of 9.4 percent. Children who have a higher score for ADHD symptoms perform more poorly in school than those with lower scores.

The Psychiatry Department holds Open Days once a month throughout the year (except for the summer break from July to September). The Open Days aim to provide education on various aspects of mental illness and mental health, as well as services offered by the department.

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Heart Hospital Pharmacy Implements Automated Prescription System, Doha, 20 November

A role model in attending to patient comfort: A pharmacy is the safety valve and the final phase in a series of steps taken to control and ensure the correct and safe supply and use of drugs by patients. A role model followed by other hospitals at Hamad Medical Corporation, the Heart Hospital pharmacy offers a full range of pharmaceutical services with a motivated and young management team who believes in change – change that is based on scientifically proven methods in the implementation of the latest healthcare standards in a safe, secure and efficient manner. Established on facts and evidence, these standards allow the healthcare system to achieve the desired results and provide healthcare services in a compassionate and speedy manner to meet the needs of patients and their families without any discrimination.

This department laid the path to success and achieved the intended outcomes with the help of God and the continued support and guidance of the executive management and teamwork. To learn more about pharmaceutical care, we met with Dr Manal Zaidan, Manager, Pharmacy Department at Heart Hospital and National Center for Cancer Care & Research who said: “The Heart Hospital pharmacy is the first to implement the automated prescription dispensing system at HMC to prevent errors and increase the efficiency in order completion. In collaboration with the hospital’s Health Information System Center (HISC), the pharmacists developed a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system to improve the quality of care and benefit all medical staff by enabling them to view patients' medical records through the intranet. This system will enable the healthcare team to view, record and update various patient data including allergies to medications, diagnosis, medical procedures and vital signs.”

The Automated Prescription System is a Success at Outpatient Clinics

Dr Manal explained that the Automated Prescription System has made measurable improvements since it was implemented in May, helping prevent mistakes in medical prescriptions and increasing order completion to an average of 200 prescriptions per day. The new system also reduced the waiting period to 10-15 minutes, according to a study conducted by the administration in June.

The pharmacy’s newly renovated interior is a showpiece of modern design and cutting edge technology. Medications are displayed on round and rotating shelves to allow quick and easy access by pharmacists. Patients can see what is happening at the pharmacy, familiarizing themselves with the medication dispensing process from beginning to end. The pharmacy has eight transparent windows where the pharmacist greets patients, and a Take-A-Number system helps increase patient flow efficiency. A cashier is also available at the pharmacy to help patients make their payments on the spot.

Furthermore, we have paid special attention to our waiting rooms where patients can wait in a comfortable atmosphere.  Our consultancy counters were organized to allow a private and relaxed setting between the pharmacist and patients when they are receiving medication counseling.  Within 15 minutes, the pharmacist examines the patient’s health file, verifies the laboratory results of certain medications, and reviews the medications’ possible interactions and reactions, drug information and correct use.

Five Unprecedented Techniques to Dispense Medications to Inpatients

  1. Automated Medication Dispensing System: This is the first time that the Pyxis system, a leading automated medication dispensing system in hospitals, is implemented in Qatar.  This system was successfully put into operation in its entirety, leading to an increase in medication management efficiency and accuracy.

    Dr Manal stated: “This is a medication cabinet-based system available in various inpatient departments, heart and operation rooms. Each medication cabinet has multiple drawers, but only the drawer containing the medication will open after the pharmacist has verified the medication prescription and dose using a central device at the inpatient pharmacy. After that, the nurse can dispense an “individual unit medication dose” to the patient. We are very proud because this system was planned and implemented by a group of qualified young Qataris, and was linked to the HMC Health Information Systems by the Heart Hospital HIS team.

  2. Sterile Intravenous Solution Compounding Unit: Our Sterile IV Solution Compounding Unit is established to the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter 797. A Qatari team successfully operates this unit.

  3. Automated Unit Dose Packaging System: This is an innovative and excellent way to dispense medications to patients in a suitable, safe and secure manner. Each individual unit dose drug is carefully packaged and administered to inpatients through an automated medication packaging and dispensing system.

  4. Smart IV Pumps: This type of pump was made available to ensure patient safety and the administration of the right medication dose at the right time. The pump has a pre-defined drug library that allows upper and lower dosage limits to be set for each medication.

    When a nurse administers the medication above or below the medication dosage limit, an audio alert provides feedback that an error may have occurred. The Heart Hospital is the first to create this type of pump “drug library”.

  5. Pneumatic Tube Medication Delivery System: It might surprise you to hear that any department across the hospital can send a medical prescription in a capsule propelled through a network of tubes by compressed air and receive the medication back within a few minutes in the same capsule without getting lost in the pneumatic tubes.

Clinical Pharmacy Services Supported by Research and Continuous Education

Concerning research and continuous education, Dr Manal said: “Clinical pharmacology is one of the most important pharmaceutical practice types at hospitals. Aware of its importance, we successfully provided highly qualified and trained staff through continuous education and training to ensure the availability of an integrated medical team for the servicing of patients.

“This success would not have been possible without the qualified pharmaceutical staff made up of 13 pharmacists and 11 pharmacy technicians. They went through a meticulous and organized selection process based on skills, competencies, education level and professional ethics.”

The Pharmacy Department is currently collaborating with the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University and the Pharmacy Technician program at College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, to train pharmacy students to Canadian standards, to communicate and participate effectively in scientific research.

Dr Manal concluded that the two specialized hospitals National Center for Cancer Care & Research and Heart Hospital are another achievement yet to be added to the success record of Hamad Medical Corporation. “Currently, we are examining the option of using a Robotic IV Automation system where a robot prepares sterile intravenous solutions, and continue to champion scientific research in support of HMC becoming an integrated and comprehensive world class pharmaceutical care system underpinned by research and continuous education, and helping achieve Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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HMC’s Orthopedic Surgery Department Holds Qatar’s First Plaster Care and Casting Course, Doha, 15 November

Hamad Medical Corporation's Orthopedic Surgery Department recently held Qatar’s first Plaster Care and Casting Course, which aims to promote best practice outcomes for patient care by providing educational and practical training that will enable healthcare providers to provide optimal orthopedic care to trauma patients.

The Orthopedics course focuses on improving the skills of the practitioner in safely applying an appropriate cast or splint in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, injury or immobilization due to other medical conditions. The course was conducted at the Intercontinental Hotel and drew many participants from local health centers, including doctors, nurses, plaster technicians and paramedics.

Dr. Mohammed Al Ateeq Al Dosari, Head of Orthopedic Surgery under whose guidance the course was organized, said, “More than 100 healthcare professionals attended the course and they were all impressed by the course, which added a lot to their knowledge. We intend to organize this course on a regular basis in the future and invite healthcare professionals from neighboring countries as a part of our continuous medical education program.”

The course featured guest speakers from Germany and Saudi Arabia as well as speakers from the in-house faculty, and included presentations on splinting and casting techniques, safety in the cast room, preparation of the patient for casting, walking aids and attachments, plaster techniques, and updates on new cast technology.

The highlight of the event was the two practical sessions where all the participants were given the opportunity to work hands-on with casting techniques for the upper limb as well as plaster techniques for the lower limb.

Orthopedic care skills are required for all trauma care professionals to provide optimal care and treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, or injuries to the bone, muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue, suffered by trauma patients.

Trauma patients are those who have suffered body wounds or shock produced by sudden physical injury, such as those incurred from violence or accidents. The most common cases of trauma in Qatar consist of road traffic accidents and falls, which occur mostly at construction and other worksites.

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Hamad General Hospital Opens New Patient Care Units, 15 November

Hamad General Hospital – part of Hamad Medical Corporation – has opened several new patient care units on the sixth floor of the hospital as part of its efforts to increase its bed capacity and provide more spacious and comfortable accommodations, and continuously ensure high quality care for patients.

The newly opened units were inaugurated at a ceremony at the hospital, which was attended by HMC executives and other staff members.

The hospital has opened a new Discharge Lounge and Intravenous (IV) Therapy Unit on the sixth floor of the facility. The discharge lounge has the capacity to hold 14 discharged patients while the IV Therapy Unit has a capacity of 12 beds, which are turned over about every two hours. However the IV suite can provide care to a minimum of 60 patients over a day.

A new Emergency Acute Care Unit (Observation/Short-Stay Unit) has also been opened on the sixth floor. The unit will have 16 beds in common rooms, and four private rooms. Another development is the opening of a new Medical/Surgical Unit which has a capacity of 26 beds, 10 of which are in private rooms. 

“We have been working hard to provide a comfortable, safe and healing environment and promote easier access to quality care for our patients. The new patient care units are part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that our patients’ well-being is constantly at the center of the care being provided at HGH,” said Colene Daniel, Executive Director of HGH.

The newly opened units at HGH are part of a patient care environment initiative undertaken by HMC to renovate and enhance its existing hospitals, and ensure that it continues to offer high quality healthcare to patients in a caring, safe and restorative environment. The renovation project is being carried out over a one-year period, and focuses on three HMC hospitals – HGH, Women’s Hospital and Rumailah Hospital.

The renovation program is carefully designed to ensure that any interruptions to patient services or daily routines and pathways will be as little as possible, and that patients, visitors and staff are informed in advance of any necessary disruptions and alternatives.
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Sixteen New Inpatient Beds Opened National Center for Cancer Care & Research, Doha, 14 November

SIXTEEN new beds have been opened at National Center for Cancer Care & Research as part of an expansion project designed to boost specialist oncology and hematology services at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

HMC Managing Director, Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, opened the expansion project of Unit 1 at National Center for Cancer Care & Research.

The expansion project adds 16 inpatient beds increasing the overall capacity of impatient ward from 46 to 62 beds.

Mr. Naji Khamis Al Mannai, Executive Director National Center for Cancer Care & Research, and Mr. Mohamed Mubarak Al Noaimi, Executive Director Corporate Communications were also present at the occasion.

Mr. Al Mannai, said that the hospital is gearing up for adding 12 more inpatient beds in the same unit at a later stage.

“National Center for Cancer Care & Research continues to deliver specialized medical care for oncology and hematology patients through its Outpatient Department, which comprises of nine clinics, where about 100 patients were seen daily,” he says.

“This is in addition to the services of Short Stay Unit, inpatient services. The hospital also provides chemotherapy and radiotherapy to cancer patients, in addition to laboratory, pharmacy, psychological, dietetics and social services”

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Qatar’s Groundbreaking Academic Health System Attracts International Attention, Doha, 14 November

Five year strategy focused on delivering excellence in patient care highlighted at international healthcare conference: Qatar’s steps to build an Academic Health System (AHS) have gained international prominence with Hamad Medical Corporation’s Managing Director, Dr Hanan al Kuwari PhD delivering a speech at a major Academic Medical Centres conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In her address to the gathering of international healthcare experts focused on strategy and governance issues, Dr Hanan outlined the steps being taken by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and their partners to bring the very best of international health care practices to Qatar through the establishment of an AHS.

Dr. Hanan told delegates about the specific healthcare challenges faced by Qatar in the coming decades and how the implementation of the world’s first national AHS program would benefit the rapidly growing nation.

“Our overall challenge is to transition from a health system that treats acute patients, to being one that predicts and prevents ill health, particularly for chronic and lifestyle diseases, with high quality acute and  specialist care for those patients that need it,” Dr. Hanan told delegates.

“Our Academic Health System is being developed in partnership across a number of key health, education and research organizations in Qatar and in collaboration with a number of international centres of excellence. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts.”

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) – have pledged their commitment to further developing high quality patient care and a healthy population in Qatar through academic excellence,  pioneering research and innovative community engagement.

“The AHS we are developing 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,” Dr. Hanan said.

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,  the delivery of the highest quality patient care and overall health improvement. The Qatar AHS is the first of its kind in the region.

Dr Hanan told the delegates, many of whom are world leaders in the development and implementation of Academic Health Systems, that research will focus on six areas of priority for Qatar – metabolic diseases, cardiovascular health, genetics, neuroscience, cancer and infectious diseases.

In Qatar, we have the resources and ambition to make rapid advances, but few health and research organizations have sought to make transformational change into an Academic Health System in such a short timeframe.

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HMC Introduces Real Time Incident Reporting System at Hospitals, Doha, 14 November

New Canadian Software ‘RL Solutions’ being implemented: In a move aimed at ensuring real time incident reporting in all hospitals, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has introduced Radical Logic Solutions (RL), a new automated system, which will move HMC from paper based to web based.

HMC is the second organization in the GCC area to implement this new Canadian software which will improve internal communication of incidents and feedback.

The novelty of the new automated system is that all kinds of incidents on patient safety can be reported by health care workers on line. It will ensure confidentially of information provided and will help the Risk Management Team at HMC to track, update and rectify patient safety measures and goals in the shortest possible time.

Giving information about this initiative, Dr. Moza Alishaq, Assistant Executive Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety at HMC said,” This automated service will allow all medical care professionals at HMC to report immediately all clinical and non clinical incidents and near misses in real time. It will help in improving patient safety and reduce risk at the units and wards”.

Dr. Moza further explained that the new system will be available to all healthcare professionals through the Health Information System (HIS). They will be able to login, access, feed in information and report matters on patient safety and risk management.

“The ‘RL Solutions” system will surely improve communication between front line staff and their leaders to prevent any medical errors or adverse events from recurring” Dr. Moza added.

Since 2010, the Risk Management Section has trained most of the users at HMC of this new automated incident reporting system to use ‘RL Solutions’ at their workplace. Special counseling sessions are also being held to remove barriers in incident reporting at the hospitals.

It has also conducted a pilot study with Home Health Care Service to know the feasibility of the new automated software before carrying out similar studies with each facility at HMC.

The entire project of implementing the ‘RL Solutions’ at HMC took 18 months. The new software is now customized to each department, unit’s needs and functions.
This project is being implemented by the Risk Management Section at the Quality Management Department and HIS Department at HMC.
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Dubai Honors AKH Breastfeeding Center for Excellence in Service, Doha, 13 November

Al Khor Hospital’s (AKH) Breast Management and Resource Center at the Obstetrics and Gynecology department has been awarded the prestigious regional Breastfeeding Management Award by the Dubai Health Authority.

The AKH Center received the Merit Award at the 3rd National Seminar on Human Lactation, organized by The Breastfeeding Promotion Committee, Dubai Hospital, Dubai.

This is the second major award won by the AKH Center this year, following their receipt of a prestigious award from the International Lactation Consultant Association (IBLC-ILCA) USA.

This latest honor recognizes AKH’s Breast Feeding Center as Qatar’s 1st Integrated Multidisciplinary Breast Feeding Management Program. The Breast Feeding Center is focused on promoting, protecting and supporting breast feeding in addition to providing clinical management of breast feeding to solve related problems.

This center, which started its services in 2009, has already served more than 1,400 mothers, both Qataris and expats.

AKH’s Breast Feeding Center is the only center in Qatar that offers a Lactation Clinic for mothers. It also runs an ante-natal and post-natal management clinic for mothers and monitors them through a computerized appointment system to ensure that the mother breast feeds her child child for at least six months.

AKH’s Breast Feeding Program was represented at the Dubai awards ceremony by Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Khan, Clinical Associate and Certified Lactation Consultant.

Dr. Ilyas was one of the key note speakers in Dubai, where he gave a detailed presentation about the AKH Center in addition to highlighting key aspects involved in breast feeding management.

Dr. Ilyas, while commenting on winning the award said, “I dedicate this award to the Corporate Leadership of Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari PhD, Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation, who has always provided support and encouragement to our efforts”.

He also took the opportunity to thank many of the key people involved in the success of the AKH Breast Feeding Centre including many doctors, nurses and administration staff throughout HMC.

The future for AKH’s Breast Management Program looks promising as it works towards meeting the expectations of Qatar’s National Health Strategy, which aims to increase exclusive breastfeeding in Qatar by more than 25% by 2016.

AKH’s Breast Management and Resource Center aims to become a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center in the future, which would make it the first to achieve such international recognition.

Source: Marketing and Public Relations Department

Pharmacy opening hours at HMC hospitals during Eid holidays, Doha, 2 November

Doha, 02 November: The Pharmacy opening hours at seven HMC hospitals during the Eid al Adha holidays will be as follows.

Hamad General Hospital (HGH): The Pharmacy service at HGH OPD is open on 5, 9 and 10 November from 7am to 3pm.

Pharmacy for Peadiatric and Diabetic clinic at HGH is closed during Eid holidays. Patients can take their medicines from OPD pharmacy at HGH.

Al Khor Hospital (AKH): The inpatient pharmacy service is open 24X7 for Eid holidays. Pharmacy in Emergency department is also open on all days 24X7.

Pharmacy at Peadiatric Emergency at AKH is open on all holiday days from 7am to 11pm. After this patients can approach AKH General Emergency for pharmacy service.

Women’s Hospital (WH): Pharmacy in inpatient and emergency departments is open on all days 24X7, during Eid holidays.

National Center for Cancer Care & Research: Pharmacy in inpatient is open on all days 24X7 during Eid holidays.

OPD pharmacy service at National Center for Cancer Care & Research is open on 5 and 7 November from 12 noon to 1pm.

On 8 and 9 November it is open from 10am to 1pm.

On 10 November pharmacy service is open from 7am to 3pm.

Rumailah Hospital (RH): Pharmacy at RH OPD is closed on 6 November (1st Day of Eid Al Adha).

Pharmacy at OPD on all other days is open from 8am to 1pm (Service for discharged patients).

Al Wakra Hospital: Pharmacy service in inpatient and emergency is open on all days 24X7.

OPD pharmacy is closed during Eid holidays.

Heart Hospital: Pharmacy service at Heart Hospital is open on all days during Eid holidays. It will be partially closed on 11 and 12 November and on these two days it will have restricted opening timings from 1pm to 3pm.

Source: Marketing and Public Relations Department