HMC essential services to remain open during Eid
August 15 2018 01:16 AM
Ali Abdullah al-Khater

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced its operating hours for the upcoming Eid al-Adha holidays. All emergency and inpatient services across HMC’s network of hospitals will operate as usual, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. 
The Emergency Department at Heart Hospital (for cardiac patients only) and the Urgent Care Unit at the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) (for patients with symptoms associated with ongoing cancer treatments) will operate as per normal timings, as will the Emergency Department of the Women’s Wellness and Research Centre. 
Dialysis services will also operate as per normal timings. The Paediatric Emergency Centres will remain open 24-hours-a-day for medical emergencies involving patients under the age of 14 years.
The majority of Outpatient Departments (OPD) will be closed on August 19 and will re-open on August 26. When OPD clinics are open, they will be supported by administrative and clinical support services, including pharmacies. 
The NCCCR’s Radiotherapy Unit will remain open during its regular hours of 7am to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. The Day Care Unit will be closed on August 21 and 22.
Those who have a scheduled appointment during the Eid holiday and cannot attend the appointment, can contact the Hamad Customer Service Centre (Nesma’ak) on 16060. Patients requiring information about clinic operating hours, their scheduled appointment, or wishing to change their appointment, can call Nesma’ak on 16060. Nesma’ak will be open on August 19 and August 20 from 8am to 7pm and will be closed from August 21 to 23, reopening on August 24 from 2pm to 10pm.
“Everyday across our hospital network our teams deliver high-quality care to thousands of patients, and as always, this Eid will be no different. Many of our outpatient departments will close for the Eid holiday, but clinical teams in all of our hospitals will continue to provide the highest levels of patient care in our Emergency Departments and across many essential services throughout this holiday period,” said Ali Abdullah al-Khater, chief communications officer at HMC and chair of the Ministry of Public Health’s Healthcare Communications Committee.

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