The expansion of Dubai-based Rashid Hospital's Trauma and Emergency Centre, which will add 160 beds, is slated for completion in May, according to a senior official.
The AED161 million ($43.8 million) project is currently 60 percent complete, said Essa Al Maidoor, director general of the Dubai Health Authority.
The expansion of the Trauma Centre is the first phase of the Rashid Hospital master plan that was announced by the DHA in May 2013.
The AED3 billion plan includes six new specialised health centres, one four-star and another five-star hotel, villas and flats for staff accommodation, a mosque, lake way and landscaping and open spaces for children and families.
The main hospital will be rebuilt and will have three towers. Each tower will be seven storeys high and will have 300 beds, bringing the total capacity to 900 beds.
"We announced the project for the expansion of the Trauma Centre in May 2013, the expansion is presently 60 percent complete and we expect to complete this project by May," Al Maidoor said in a statement.
"The construction is taking place using the pre-engineering concept so that the Trauma Centre can carry on with serving the needs of patients without any interruption."
The Trauma Centre caters to the most critical cases in the emirate and therefore designing the expansion in a manner that is convenient to doctors and helps enhance patient care was pivotal, he added.
In 2013, 166,000 patients were treated at the centre, with demand almost doubling since the centre began operations in 2006.
On average, medical staff at the centre treat between 480 and 550 patients a day and this number is only expected to grow in the years to come.For all the latest health tips & news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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