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Posted On: 27 February 2021 08:06 pm
Updated On: 27 February 2021 08:48 pm

‘Easy Street’- a new patient rehabilitation facility opens in Qatar

Binu Cherian
Binu Cherian
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Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has expanded its specialized rehabilitation services with a modern simulated environment located within the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI). The Minister of Public Health, Her Excellency Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, opened the ‘Easy Street’ patient rehabilitation facility and met with some of the patients who have benefited from the service.

The Easy Street simulates real-world situations in a safe clinical environment for patients to take their first independent steps towards recovery following protracted illness with life-changing medical issues.

H.E. Dr. Al Kuwari commended the team for their efforts to establish this facility despite the year-long challenges faced by so many healthcare systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Easy Street is the first of its kind in Qatar and one of only a few such simulated environments in the region. I am extremely pleased to see how well it has turned out and recognize the immense effort of the QRI team who have brought this idea to fruition during the pandemic."

The facility was designed for patients recovering from stroke or brain hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic surgeries or other medical issues that have impacted their ability to live at home and conduct basic life tasks.

Easy Street New patient rehabilitation facility opens in qatar
Image credit: Hamad Medical Corporation

The Easy Street enables patients to simulate going to a supermarket and handling a small shopping basket as well as utilizing ramps. An ATM facade enables the simulation of extracting cash from a machine. There is a small coffee shop setting that is opened during patient practice sessions and patients are offered a complimentary cup of coffee or tea to see how they can navigate the challenges of handling a hot beverage while still experiencing mobility issues.

Source: Press release

Cover image credit: Hamad Medical Corporation