By Andy Sambidge
New facility next to Hamad General Hospital will offer 20 new operating theatres
Construction work has started on a new state-of-the-art surgery facility at Hamad General Hospital in Qatar.
The new healthcare facility will include 20 operating theatres, which will replace the 11 currently in use.
Located next to Hamad General Hospital, construction work has started and the project is slated for completion in 2015, a statement said.
The new 12,000 sq m surgery centre will house dedicated operating theatres for a range of specialties including bariatric, pediatric, minimally invasive, trauma vascular and transplant surgeries.
The new surgery department will integrate with Hamad General Hospital's existing facilities and other planned developments for the adjacent Emergency Department to provide enhanced trauma patient facilities, the statement added.
"HMC is currently undertaking an extensive program to renovate and enhance its facilities to ensure that we continue to offer the safest, most effective care to our patients and meet the healthcare needs of Qatar's growing population," said Hanan Al Kuwari, managing director, Hamad Medical Corporation.
"Facilities will incorporate the latest technologies including modular theatre wall systems and fully integrated environmental control systems. In another first for Qatar, the center will also house specialist imaging facilities including MRI and CT within the operating theatre suite itself."
He said the project has been designed to minimise disruption, but patients and visitors are advised to take into account the construction works when visiting the hospital.
Where interruptions to daily routines or pathways are absolutely necessary, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Hamad General Hospital will ensure patients, visitors and staff will be informed of the nature of the disruptions and alternatives ahead of time.
Access to the Emergency Department and all other Hamad General Hospital facilities will remain unchanged.