Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Acute Care Surgery section has restructured many aspects of its work in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
This was stressed by Dr Ahmed Zarour, head of Acute Care Surgery at HMC, in a video posted on the social media accounts of the Ministry of Public Health, HMC and the Primary Health Care Corporation Sunday.
"We, in Acute Care Surgery at Hamad Medical Corporation, as part of our responsibility in facing the Covid-19 outbreak, restructured our work in many aspects. For example, we established the virtual clinic to take care of our patients and continue to provide care," he said.
"We established the dedicated OR (operating room), protocols for emergency surgery and a network for communication between our team members and our patients. We also established the 'patient pathway' for all the Covid-19 patients in emergency surgery in order to provide the best-quality care. Teams have been set up to provide care 24/7," Dr Zarour explained.
"In facing the new situation, the Acute Care Surgery team continues providing our patients with the highest quality of care according to international standards," noted Dr Nizar Bouchiba, assistant head of Acute Care Surgery at HMC.
A clear 'patient pathway' was implemented and one operating theatre was dedicated to suspected and positive cases. Several safety measures were applied for the patients and medical and nursing staff. "We are working with full protective equipment. Contact between the surgical team is minimised and the daily duties were readjusted to have proper physical distancing," he said.
Dr Hijran Mahdi, senior consultant, HMC Acute Care Surgery, said: "In the second week of March, when Covid-19 started to spread in Qatar, Hamad Medical Corporation assigned one hospital - Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital (HMGH) in the Industrial Area, Doha - to receive and treat acute care surgical patients infected with Covid-19."
"We started to use a hotline and this was extended to all facilities at HMC," he continued. "If an acute care surgical patient tests positive for Covid-19, an on-call surgeon from our team is contacted to receive the patient, discuss his/her case and facilitate the transfer of the patient to Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital.
"When we receive the patient at HMGH, we assess the patient and start treating him/her either through surgical intervention or through conservative management."
Dr Mahdi stressed that they provide optimum care and service of the best quality to patients.
Prof Sherif A Mustafa, assistant head of Acute Care Surgery at HMC, added: "We established a specific protocol for emergency services in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. This protocol has been put in place to ensure the safety of patients and our healthcare providers 24/7."