The Peninsula -- Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani today paid an inspection visit to the new emergency services building of Hamad General Hospital (HGH).
The Prime Minister toured the building to check on the various medical departments, facilities and modern medical equipment that will be used to provide the highest-quality medical services to patients.
The new emergency services building is four times bigger than the old one. It is linked through passageways with HGH buildings and other private facilities dedicated for patients and their families.
The total area of the emergency building is about 30 thousand square meters, split between the 27 thousand square meters of the new building and about three thousand square meters of the old building that will be redeveloped.
The new building consists of four floors and 297 treatment rooms. This makes the new facility one of the region's largest specialized emergency care. The new building will also include 14 operating rooms and 23 rooms for diagnostic radiology of various types. The facility will also have multi-storey parking capacity for 798 cars and emergency helipad.
It provides diagnostic and therapeutic services through qualified and trained medical and nursing staff
The Prime Minister was accompanied by a number of ministers and senior officials from Hamad Medical Corporation.
Minister of Public Health, HE Dr Hanan Mohammed al-Kuwari, said during the tour that the construction of the new facility has reached its final stages, noting that it will increase the size of the current emergency department by more than four times, thus providing more capacity to provide care for a larger number of patients who seek the emergency departments for treatment from a variety of reasons, including critical cases and serious injuries. She confirmed that the new building is set to open later this year.
The new building is located opposite the HGH existing emergency room and will provide a comprehensive package of diagnostic and therapeutic facilities for emergency cases, including short-stay rooms, a rapid treatment unit and a Hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The project also has the capacity to handle disasters. It includes a training center, education and administrative services as well as diagnostic radiology and laboratory for analysis and pharmacy. Routes linking the new building with other parts of the hospital will be created to ensure more efficient patient transport, including a direct route connecting the building and the adjacent new operating theaters building and the intensive care unit of HGH.
HGH emergency is one of the busiest emergency services centers in the country, registering 429 thousand visits last year. The annual number of visits to all emergency departments of Hamad Medical Corporation reached 1.2 million in 2018. Emergency visits recorded a 2.2 percent increase between 2016 and 2018. Emergency checkups, treatment and departure were conducted within four hours of entry for about 79 percent of those who sought emergency care.