By Sam Bridge
Dubai Health Authority unveils plan to build new four-storey building dedicated to 127 specialised outpatient clinics
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced plans to expand its services with a new four-storey building dedicated to 127 specialised outpatient clinics.
The Dubai Hospital building will include clinics in the fields of ophthalmology, internal medicine, orthopaedics, cardiovascular, endocrine, tumors, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, dental and reproductive medicine.
The DHA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Emirates Islamic Bank to support the initiative by donating AED25 million to build the building.
The MoU was signed on Monday in the attendance of Humaid Al Qutami, director general of the DHA, and Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, chairman of Emirates Islamic, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD.
The specialised clinics will have the capacity of 254 patients per hour while a radiology facility will have the capacity of 46 patients per hour.
Construction of the 32,100 square metre building, which is two and half times bigger than existing specialised clinics in Dubai Hospital, is expected to start in the first quarter of 2020.
The expansion project aims to move existing specialised medical services in the hospital to the new building to enhance treatment and diagnostic services and increase capacity to meet growing demand from the UAE and abroad.
The plan for the new building comes as the DHA reported that 2.17 million customers visited outpatient clinics across its facilities in 2018, out of which, 360,000 visited Dubai Hospital’s outpatient clinics.
Al Qassim said: “We are extremely pleased to contribute to Dubai Health Authority in order to expand the facilities at Dubai Hospital and offer quality medical care for the community. This is in keeping with our objective to support charitable causes via the Emirates Islamic Charity Fund. We hope that our contribution will help effect positive change and provide patients a world-class healthcare experience in a unique medical facility.”