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Posted On: 28 October 2019 09:42 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:05 pm

Bed space increased by 25% across HMC since 2016

Sumaica Asad
Sumaica Asad
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The largest expansion program in Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) history has resulted in a 25 percent increase in the number of inpatient beds across its hospital network since 2016.

With demand for healthcare services continuing to increase in recent years due to Qatar's growing population, HMC has significantly expanded its capacity through the opening of new hospitals and specialist facilities. Commenting on the recent expansion program, HMC's Chief of Health Facilities Development Hamad Al Khalifa, said in recent years there has been a significant increase in both the number of patients seeking care and in the types of services those patients require.

"Expanding our capacity to ensure we can meet the needs of Qatar's increasing population has been a major priority for HMC throughout this century. In particular, the rate of growth since 2016 has been remarkable. In the past three years alone we have opened five new hospitals and many specialist facilities, taking HMC's total number of hospitals across Qatar to twelve," said Al Khalifa.

In 2016, HMC opened its new Communicable Disease Center, a 65-bed hospital specializing in the care, prevention, and research of communicable diseases. At the end of 2017, three more hospitals in Medical City the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Women's Wellness and Research Center, and the Ambulatory Care Center - were all formally opened. Providing specialist care for women and newborns, patients requiring rehabilitation, and surgical and clinical services, these new hospitals added around 500 inpatient beds to HMC's network.

The most recent addition to HMC's hospital network, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, opened at the end of 2018. This 118-bed hospital has strengthened HMC's ability to deliver healthcare services to male patients in and around the Doha Industrial Area.

"The opening of these five new hospitals has significantly boosted our ability to care for increasing numbers of patients, year on year. Since formally opening in 2017, activity across all three new Medical City hospitals - Women's Wellness and Research Center, Ambulatory Care Center and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute - has grown significantly. New services have been introduced and services from other HMC hospitals have been relocated to the new facilities," explained Al Khalifa.

Source: QNA