Doha, 01 April, 2021: From Saturday 3 April, Al Wakra Hospital will be designated as a COVID-19 medical facility as part of Hamad Medical Corporation’s measures to boost hospital capacity and meet the increasing demand due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The decision will see the closure of the Al Wakra Hospital’s Emergency Department effective from midnight, Friday 2 April
Al Wakra Hospital becomes the seventh HMC facility dedicated to providing care for patients with COVID-19, joining Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, Communicable Disease Center, The Cuban Hospital, Ras Lafan Hospital, Mesaieed Hospital and the Surgical Specialty Center.
On Wednesday 31 March, the Cabinet announced a decision to stop all non-emergency services at private healthcare facilities from 1 April as part of the COVID-19 response. The decision is part of a strategy to strengthen the workforce within the public health sector which is working round-the-clock to care for patients with COVID-19 and deliver the vaccination program. With the closure on non-essential services in private facilities, private healthcare staff will be freed up and redeployed into COVID-19 support roles within HMC and Primary Health Care Corporation.
Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, HMC’s Chief Medical Officer, explained how Al Wakra Hospital will provide a significant boost to the healthcare system’s COVID-19 capacity. “The decision to transform Al Wakra Hospital into a COVID-19 treatment facility is part of our strategy to ensure the healthcare system can manage any future escalation in the number of COVID-19 patients needing medical treatment. Al Wakra is one of HMC’s largest hospitals and its designation as a COVID-19 facility will provide over 400 hospital beds and 150 intensive care beds for patients requiring admission as a result of COVID-19, should they be needed. This modern hospital is fully equipped to provide multiple specialties for COVID-19 patients.”
“With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, we are seeing increasing numbers of people being admitted to hospital with moderate to severe symptoms. There are now more than 2,050 COVID-19 patients being cared for in HMC hospitals, with 350 admitted to intensive care. It is clear that people are becoming sicker in this second wave of the virus than in the first wave. explained Dr. Al Ansari.
The designation of Al Wakra as a COVID-19 hospital means that all services, except dental, dialysis and burns services, will be relocated to other medical facilities, including the transfer of maternity patients to the Women’s Wellness and Research Center and Sidra Medicine. These changes include the closure of the Al Wakra Hospital’s Emergency Department effective from midnight, Friday 2 April.
People in Al Wakra and other parts of Qatar requiring urgent and emergency medical services should select one of the following alternatives:
- For urgent but non-life-threatening conditions call HMC’s Urgent Consultation Service on 16000 from 7am to 3pm, seven days a week.
- For life-threatening medical emergencies requiring immediate transfer to an emergency department call 999
- Hamad General Hospital’s Trauma and Emergency Department in Doha remains fully operational 24/7 for serious medical emergencies
- Visit one of the eight Urgent Care Centers across Qatar run by Primary Health Care Corporation providing care for urgent but non-life-threatening conditions.