HMC’s QRI records more than 50,000 outpatient appointments
December 12 2017 04:02 AM

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI) has provided world-class care to patients during more than 50,000 outpatient appointments since opening its first clinics in December 2016, it was announced yesterday. 
Throughout 2017, the range of services provided by teams at the QRI has continued to expand, including the start of inpatient care in March this year. By November, more than 10,000 outpatient visits were being recorded each month.
QRI is the region’s largest tertiary rehabilitation hospital, providing high-quality rehabilitation services through the most technologically advanced patient-centred care. QRI is significantly expanding HMC’s capacity to care for recovering patients. This expansion, combined with the most modern rehabilitation facilities in the region will provide patients with faster access to rehabilitative care.
“The number of patients receiving care at QRI has increased every month this year. Our rehabilitation teams utilise the hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities to achieve our overarching goal – helping our patients reach their full recovery potential so they can return to living as normal a life as possible,” explained Dr Wafa al-Yazeedi, chairperson of QRI. 
One of the many patients who has benefited from the advanced care at QRI is 38-year-old Saeed Ali al-Marri. In June of last year, al-Marri, a Qatari national, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in the US. A car struck him and knocked him off his motorcycle, pushing him under a truck. Al-Marri was in a coma for 15 days and suffered a severely broken arm, leg, and other serious injuries. 
“At the time, doctors in the US said my arm was so badly damaged that they may have to amputate it,” explained al-Marri. “When I heard this news I was shocked and saddened. I have always been a very active person so the possibility of losing an arm deeply worried me,” he added.
Al-Marri spent the next few months receiving care in various US hospitals and underwent 15 surgical procedures in order to save his arm. He returned to Qatar in October and has been receiving rehabilitation care at the QRI through its specialist Day Care Programme. 
“The quality of care I have experienced at QRI since returning to Qatar has been outstanding. For three hours a day, five days a week, I receive intensive rehabilitation care from a dedicated team of occupational therapists and physical therapists. When I returned to Qatar I was unable to walk and was reliant on a wheelchair. Due to the expert care I have received, I am now able to walk with minimal support and I am on my journey to a full recovery,” stated al-Marri.
The QRI’s advanced facilities include seven hydrotherapy pools, eleven advanced gyms, a specialist sensory room, and an assisted living unit in which patients can relearn simple daily tasks and readjust to life at home. 
At the heart of the care at QRI is a passionate multi-disciplinary team of clinicians working together to co-ordinate and deliver a personalised package of advanced rehabilitation services tailored to each patient’s individual circumstances. 
QRI offers five main rehabilitation programmes - Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Pain Management and Paediatric Rehabilitation. These programmes are made up of clinical and therapy services which are selected and adapted according to each patient’s needs by a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians and therapists.

QRI’s advanced facilities include a specialist sensory room.

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