The new Trauma and Emergency Centre of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will start delivering a limited number of services from 7am on Wednesday.
The move marks the first phase of a staged opening for the new facility, with the majority of services opening over the summer and early autumn this year.
The new centre is part of the main Hamad General Hospital (HGH) campus and can be accessed from Gate 5 on Al Rayyan Road which is located across the road from Lulu Hypermarket. Road entry to the new facility remains the same as to the former Emergency Department.
Patients arriving at the new centre will be triaged, with the former Emergency Department staying open until the new centre is fully operational.
Once fully operational, the new centre - one of the largest in the region - will lead to a significant expansion of trauma and emergency services in Qatar, ranging from trauma, urgent and critical care, to short stay and 'See and Treat' walk-in services.
After full launch, the first floor will be dedicated to ambulance arrivals and critical care patients. It will also house Qatar's major trauma centre. The second floor will be dedicated to urgent care patients, while the third floor will be for short stay patients who require a period of monitoring before being discharged.
The new facility, which is located on the same campus as the former Emergency Department, will also offer patients access to state-of-the-art technology including three CT scans, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound machines as well as an ultra-modern decompression chamber which will provide oxygen therapy for a range of medical conditions as well as diving accidents.
Commenting on the services starting at the new centre, Dr Yousef al-Maslamani, Medical Director at Hamad General Hospital, said: "This is a really important milestone on our journey to transforming trauma and emergency care in Qatar.
"We are excited to be able to welcome our first patients and while there is still some way to go before the facility is fully operational, walk-in patients will be able to experience the new centre at first hand and we are very confident this is going to improve the experience our patients have."
In addition to the 'See and Treat' services available on the ground floor, a further three floors are planned for the new Trauma and Emergency Centre.
Until the whole building is operational, patients in need of immediate or urgent clinical intervention - and patients arriving by ambulance - will be transferred and treated in the former Emergency Department. The rest of the new facility opens later this year.
The new centre will be linked to Hamad General Hospital's new operation theatre and the HGH Trauma Intensive Care Unit for the rapid transfer of patients.
The launch of the 'See and Treat' services at the new Trauma and Emergency Centre follows the opening of five new hospitals over the last three years, the largest expansion in HMC's history. These include the four new Medical City hospitals - the Communicable Disease Centre, Women's Wellness and Research Centre, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, and the Ambulatory Care Centre as well as Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, HMC's newest hospital located in the Industrial Area of Doha.
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