Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced reopening face-to-face appointments for outpatient clinics, as the country continues its gradual lifting of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hamad Medical Clinic outpatient appointments will be conducted face-to-face with physicians in clinics, as part of the gradual return to normal.
HMC also announced that it will continue to offer virtual clinics for some follow-up appointments or repeat prescriptions and patients will be contacted by Nesma’ak about their appointment and also if the upcoming appointment is face-to-face or a virtual appointment.
HMC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Abdulla Al Ansari said it was the appropriate time to return to face-to-face appointments, “Early on in the pandemic we made the decision to conduct outpatient appointments and other services virtually – this was essential to protect our patients, visitors and the wider public from the spread of COVID-19. As we start to gradually return to normal, it has been decided to resume in-person appointments where clinically appropriate. Measures will be in place to ensure social distancing and appropriate time between appointments. Follow-up appointments – for example for medication refills - will continue to be conducted virtually through telephone consultations. We would like to thank our patients and the community for their support and patience during the pandemic.”
Patients attending the HMC Outpatients Departments must show their Ehteraz status and have their temperature taken before entry. Patients with appointments are only admitted into the HMC facilities.
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms on the day of your appointment including fever or chills, shortness of breath or cough, HMC requests you do not attend the appointment and call 16060 to reschedule.
Source: Al Sharq
Cover image source: HMC
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