By Gavin Gibbon
Circular calls on all private hospitals in emirate to receive all emergency cases
Private hospitals in Dubai have been instructed to accept emergency medical cases from the emirate’s ambulance service.
In a circular to all licensed private hospitals, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said that patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 must be accepted, alongside suspected cases and all other emergencies, including strokes, heart attacks and others.
It said: “This decision comes to maintain the public health and to ensure safety of the procedures in force to deal with cases of coronavirus.”
The circular added that, should there be a shortage of beds at any given hospital, appropriate medical care must be given before arrangements are made to transfer any patient to another facility.
In cases involving Covid-19 infections, hospitals should immediately make arrangements for treatment. However, if no free beds are available, then the attending physician must organise a transfer to another health facility.
“All documents of the facility’s treatment of the received case from the Dubai Ambulance and the medical procedures taken from the time of its receipt until transferring it to another hospital must be attested,” the circular added.