Doha, 7 January, 2019: With more than 30,000 patients treated at Al Wakra Hospital’s three emergency departments each month, and upwards of 20,000 patients cared for by the hospital’s various outpatient departments, Al Wakra Hospital is Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) second busiest hospital.
Each day, approximately 600 adult patients and 300 children are treated at the Hospital’s Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments, with an additional 80 women cared for at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Emergency Department each month.
Dr. Sabah Alkadhi, Medical Director of Al Wakra Hospital, said the general hospital was designed, built, and staffed with the changing needs and expectations of the growing community in the country’s southern region in mind.
“With a combined staff of 2,351, including 288 doctors working across a variety of medical specialties, we provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for outpatients and inpatients, including day care patients of all ages,” stated Dr. Alkadhi.
Dr. Alkadhi noted that Al Wakra Hospital is continuing to add to the services offered to patients as part of ongoing efforts to increase access to care for those living in Al Wakra and the surrounding community. He noted that recent additions include the National Burns Center, a robotic surgery service for general surgery and urology, and a country-wide collaborative service with dentistry, diabetes, mental health, and cardiology. Al Wakra Hospital has also become a Center of Excellence for Hernia Surgery.
“We are continuing to expand the services we provide to patients. This year we introduced a play therapy service to support pediatric patients throughout their inpatient care and to help them manage their pain. We have also opened a new Admissions and Discharge Lounge to improve patient care and experience. The Admissions and Discharge Lounge is a comfortable space that has streamlined the admission and discharge processes and is helping patients return home more quickly,” said Dr. Alkadhi.
According to Dr. Alkadhi, a number of new services introduced this year has helped reduce wait times and improved access to elective care services. He explained that approximately 20,000 patients are received each month in the hospital’s various outpatient departments, noting that up to 3,500 patients are treated each month by the Rehabilitation Department, which has a hydrotherapy pool and dedicated facilities for male, female, and pediatric patients.
Opened in 2012, Al Wakra Hospital was established to serve the rapidly growing communities of Al Wakra, Mesaieed, and the South Doha Airport area. As one of Hamad’s largest facilities, the hospital is spread across more than 300,000 square meters of land. With over 325 beds, including 234 general and acute patient beds and more than 90 critical care beds for high-dependency and burns patients, the hospital also has 77 observation and daycare beds.
Dr. Omar Al Qahtani, Deputy Medical Director of Al Wakra Hospital, notes that the hospital’s expanded clinics have increased capacity to care for patients. He said the main Outpatient Department features 48 consultation rooms with over 400 clinics held each week. Dr. Al Qahtani noted that future expansion plans include the commissioning of a new CT scan, which is expected to be operational early in the New Year.
“We are planning to establish a Center of Excellence for Stone Treatment and are continuing work on the expansion of our inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. There are also plans to establish a Blood Donation Center here in Al Wakra so that those wishing to donate blood can do so right here in the community, without having to travel to Doha,” said Dr. Al Qahtani.