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Bahrain said to launch $1bn medical city

Facility will aim to employ over 500 staff and open by end of 2019

Bahrain said to launch $1bn medical city
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Construction of a $1 billion medical city spanning 1 million square metres of land in Bahrain is set to commence in June 2017, it was reported.

Proposals have been submitted for land clearing on Bahrain’s east coast, where the new King Abdullah Medical City will be located, according to Gulf Daily News.

The project, which will aim to employ over 700 medical staff once open, will include a 288-bed hospital complex in the first phase, operated by Arabian Gulf University (AGU) and scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

AGU vice-president Dr Khaled Tabbara was quoted as saying: “Phase one of the project will include the construction of three buildings including an eight-storey tower with the 288-bed hospital, a three-storey outpatient clinic and an adjacent building with clinical services including operating theatres, a morgue, restaurants and an educational area.”

He added: “The service and teaching hospital will include the four main axis – internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology – with sub-specialty [divisions]. A total of 144 beds will be allocated for medical surgery, 36 for obstetrics and gynaecology, 24 for paediatrics, 12 for paediatrics day cases, 24 for a neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 36 for surgical and medical ICU and 12 for labour and delivery rooms.”

Tabbara revealed there were plans for further expansion and said phase two would increase the number of hospital beds to 500. It will also eventually include an additional tower and clinical facility, the newspaper said.

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