The Paediatric Emergency Center (PEC) at Hamad Medical Corporation is expanding its services with four new satellite centres planned in Daain, in the north of Qatar.
Dr Khalid Al Ansari, Director of the PEC, told The Peninsula yesterday that the new centres would serve the Qatari and expatriate population in the northern parts of the country and reduce the pressure on the main PEC facility in Al Sadd.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the annual paediatric emergency symposium at the HMC Education Center yesterday. The new satellite centres will serve areas including Al Khor, Al Khartiyat, Duhail, Al Gharafa, Umm Salal Ali and Umm Salal Mohammed.
“Ashghal is responsible for constructing buildings for the facilities and work is under way. The centres will function in independent purpose-built premises,” said Al Ansari. He said the PEC at Al Sadd will also be adding new facilities very soon. The public parking area, with a current capacity for 40 vehicles, will be expanded to accommodate 100 vehicles.
At least one ambulance unit of HMC’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be permanently based at the Center’s premises to shift patients to the Emergency Department at Hamad General Hospital.
A restaurant for patients as well as the visitors is also getting ready at the PEC premises in
Al Sadd. The official said the number of patients at PECs across the country had been on the rise, although there was a slight decline with the beginning of summer.
“Besides the main facility in Al Sadd, we have satellite centres in Al Rayyan, Airport and Al Wakra. In Al Sadd, we get 900 to 1,000 visitors daily on average, while the Al Rayyan centre receives 300 to 500 visitors. The Airport centre gets 150 to 200 visitors and the Al Wakra centre gets 100 to 150 visitors,” said Ansari.
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