Doha 30 March 2020: Hamad Medical Corporation’s Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital (HMGH) has been designated as a COVID-19 treatment facility from today – enabling HMC to provide high quality care for patients with COVID-19 in one single facility.
Patients with COVID-19 experiencing moderate to severe symptoms will be admitted to HMGH where they will receive treatment to manage their symptoms while being closely monitored.
“The rapid transformation of HMGH into a COVID-19 treatment facility is an example of the healthcare sector’s proactive approach to confront this pandemic. Right from the onset, we have acted quickly and decisively and put measures in place without delay. This is exactly what is needed to combat such a fast moving virus as COVID-19. I am proud of the efforts of the front-line team involved in getting HMGH operationally ready to provide high-quality care to patients with COVID-19,” said Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health.
“The decision to transform HMGH into a COVID-19 treatment facility is part of the healthcare sector’s proactive plan to ensure it can manage any potential escalation in the number of patients testing positive for the virus,” said Dr. Saad Al Kaabi, Chair of the COVID-19 System Wide Incident Command Committee (SWICC).
“We have chosen HMGH to be our designated COVID-19 because it is one of HMC’s newest facilities and will provide a modern, state-of-the-art environment in which to treat male and female patients of all nationalities with COVID-19. These changes have been made for the benefit of all citizens and residents in Qatar and we ask people for their cooperation and understanding at this time,” added Dr. Al Kaabi.
The conversion of HMGH into a COVID-19 treatment facility means the hospital can now provide a total of 147 beds (42 intensive care beds and 105 inpatient beds) to treat patients with COVID-19, and we are able to increase that capacity to 471 beds (221 intensive care beds and 250 inpatient beds) as well as provide a dedicated COVID-19 Emergency Department with the capacity of 150 beds should it be needed in the future.
HMGH’s senior management team – Acting Medical Director for HMGH and Assistant Chair of the SWICC Dr. Ahmed Ali Al Mohammed, Executive Director Mr. Hussein Al Ishaq, and Head of Infection Control Dr. Nasser Ali Asad Al-Ansari - is leading the transformation plan for the hospital and working in close collaboration with HMC’s other hospitals, as well as the Ministry of Public Health, to ensure every measure is in place to provide the very best care to patients with COVID-19.
Dr. Al Kaabi said: “Our whole team has worked hard over the last week to transform HMGH which is built to the highest quality specification with our clinical teams ready to provide the highest quality care to all of our patients who need it.”
All ambulatory services at HMGH have been temporarily suspended until further notice. The hospital’s Emergency Department remains open as normal to treat life-threatening emergency medical conditions.