Starting from 1 November 2019, 17 Health Centres run by the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) in Qatar will be open on weekends and public holidays. In addition to this initiative to ensure the public in Qatar can get primary healthcare seven days a week, it is also increasing the hours of these health centres across Qatar to 7 am – 11 pm without any break in between. Currently, the timings of the health centres are in two shifts: 7 am - 2pm and 4 pm - 11 pm, according to the PHCC.
The 17 Health Centres that will provide general medicine, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, and nursing services include: Airport Health Centre, West Bay Health Centre, Umm Ghuwailina Health Centre, Omar Bin Khatab Health Centre, Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre, Madinat Khalifa Health Centre, Al Rayyan Health Centre, Abu Baker Al Siddiq Health Centre, Mesaimeer Health Centre, Muaither Health Centre, Al Wakrah Health Centre, Umm Slal Health Centre, Al Jumailiya Health Centre, Leabaib Health Centre, Al Shahaniya Health Centre, Al Shamal Health Centre and Al Khor Health Centre.
The timings and working days of these 17 health care centres is another effort and service by the PHCC to ensure patients can easily access medical services duing the weekends, instead of having to wait for the weekend to finish to get appointments, especially if the problem. The PHCC also offers 24-hours Urgent Care Services in six of its health centres. These include Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre, Abu Baker Al Siddiq Health Centre, Gharafat Al Rayyan Health Centre, Al Kaaban Health Centre, Al Shahaniya Health Centre and Al Shamal Health Centre.
The PHCC is dedicated to providing the people of Qatar with highest level of health care by operating and managing different health centres across Qatar. These health centres provide high quality comprehensive and integrated medical and health services, both preventive and curative, aiming to upgrade health in the community in a healthy environment where everyone lives, so that these services act as the first line of defense for patients and the broad base which provides support and assistance to hospitals in the country.
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