First surgeries performed at Ambulatory Care Centre
December 10 2017 09:11 PM
From left: Dr Khalid Mohamed al-Jalham, director of the ACC; Dr Khalid al-Rumaihi, head of Urology;
From left: Dr Khalid Mohamed al-Jalham, director of the ACC; Dr Khalid al-Rumaihi, head of Urology; Dr Fatima al-Mansouri, head of Ophthalmology and Dr Abdul Salam al-Qahtani, head of ENT at the Ambulatory Care Centre.


The Ambulatory Care Centre (ACC), one of Hamad Medical Corporation’newest Medical City hospitals, has successfully performed its first day care surgeries. This achievement follows the opening of a number of outpatient clinics within the facility earlier this year.

The first day care surgeries were ophthalmology procedures which took place on December 7. Further surgical procedures have since been carried out for the first time on ophthalmology, urology and ENT patients from across Qatar.

The success of the ophthalmology team’s first surgeries was repeated by the facility’s urology and ENT clinicians who also performed their first surgical procedures, with urology procedures conducted on December 9 and ENT procedures yesterday.

The ACC is offering patients a new approach to surgical care in Qatar. Patients are provided with the opportunity to receive the latest treatment using advanced clinical and surgical practices within a single dedicated location. Day care surgery, also known as same day surgery, is a model of care that means within 23 hours of undergoing a surgical procedure, patients will be able to leave the hospital and return to recover in the comfort of their own home.

Dr Khalid Mohamed al-Jalham, director of the ACC said, “The day surgery service will provide patients with access to safe, high-quality care from an advanced team of surgical specialists, nurses, and support staff. It will ensure they not only have access to first-class surgical care but will also be treated in a warm and friendly atmosphere, conducive to a successful recovery.”

Dr al-Jalham said that in recent years there has been a rapid global increase in surgical and interventional procedures being performed in the outpatient setting. A vast number of acute and secondary procedures are now possible in outpatient facilities due to new medical technologies, such as minimally invasive surgical techniques and new anesthesia and pain control practices that prevent complications and allow patients to return home more quickly.

“For the right patients, day surgery has been shown to be safe and effective, achieving the same or better outcomes than inpatient procedures while allowing patients to spend less time in a medical facility,” Dr al-Jalham said.

“The new ACC is playing an important role in increasing the percentage of same day surgeries that are carried out across HMC’s hospital network. The highly skilled staff and state-of-the-art equipment at the new facility will help to ensure the number of day surgeries performed at HMC continues to rise,” he said.

“We are committed to ensuring that same day surgical services are safe and of the same high quality as inpatient surgery. Our focus is to ensure patients are fully supported throughout the treatment process, including during their recovery after discharge,” added the official.

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