The Cuban Hospital, part of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) had a total of 74,331 visits at its outpatient clinics and conducted 2608 surgical procedures in 2017, disclosed an official.
“The Cuban Hospital has 75 beds and seven operating theatres. The hospital offers patients a range of services including dentistry, dermatology, diabetes, gynaecology, ENT and audiology, emergency services for children and adults as well as general medicine. We also have outpatients clinics for all specialties,” said Mohamed Amer al-Marri, assistant executive director, Business and Staff Services, Top Administration Department, Cuban Hospital.
The hospital is the outcome of the vision of His Highness the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani when he visited Cuba in 2002. It was built by Qatar Petroleum and the construction was completed by 2009. With its soft opening in May 2011 , the hospital was run by the Ministry of Public Health and in December 2011 it was brought under HMC. Subsequently the name was changed from Dukhan Hospital to Cuban Hospital.
Mohamed Amer al-Marri
Dr Angel Mario Felpe Garmendia
“Inpatients has increased from 259 in 2012 to 4576 in 2017. Similarly, we had 259 surgical activities in 2012 and in 2017 it has gone up to 2608. The hospital delivered 637 babies in 2017 as against 561 in 2016 while in 2012 only there were only nine births,” explained Dr Angel Mario Felpe Garmendia, senior consultant at Cuban Hospital.
“We started bariatric surgery in October, 2016. We conducted about 176 bariatric surgeries in 2017. Now, we conduct bariatric surgeries three days week.We are launching laser surgery for eyes from this year.We will also start dental implant this year which will help in reducing the waiting list of the dental patients in the country,” continued Dr Garmendia.
According to the official, all the medical staff at the hospital are from Cuba. “We have 465 Cuban staff at the hospital including 100 doctors, 278 nurses and over 83 paramedical staff. We provide services in more than 25 specialties which include all medical and surgical services. We also have all rehabilitation and physiotherapy services,” noted Dr Garmendia.
“Mainly, we receive patients from the western part of the country. We also receive many patients from Doha for all specialties. 35% of patients are coming from Doha and are referred by HMC hospitals. With seven operating theatres for all specialties, we conduct around four surgeries per day at each theatre,” described the official.
“We are planning for advancement of orthopaedic services by adding bone and joint service.Most OPD clinics work two shifts and we are planning to add more clinics in the operation department. With all the advancements, we will be able to more services and facilities as well as to reduce the workload on other HMC hospitals.
The official highlighted that the purpose of setting up the hospital in the west part of the country is to provide medical service to people of Dukhan which has about 5000 staff of Qatar Petroleum. It also caters to Zekreet which has about 7000 labour camps as well as other areas such as Shahaniya, the biggest town close to Dukhan and Um Baab other small towns.
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