Hamad Medical City to open doors to public by end of 2014
The Hamad Medical City (HMC) project, comprising three specialized state-of-the-art hospitals and a research centre, will reach completion by the end of 2014, Qatar News Agency reports.
Launched in 2003, the project was initially built as the Athlete’s Village for the Doha Asian Games 2006, as an accommodation for the athletes participating in the 2006 Games as well as nurses and staff of the hospital. Work on revamping the facility began in 2011 and the project, which costs about QR2.13 billion, will be completed on schedule.
The Hamad Medical City project will have four buildings – Gynaecology and Women’s Hospital, Minor Surgery Hospital, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Hospital and the research centre along with a bio-bank – all designed to provide patients and visitors as comfortable as possible. The Gynaecology and Women’s Hospital is expected to provide medical care for over 8000 cases per year with 190 beds for women, 53 beds for children, an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 48 cradles, and 22 delivery rooms. There will also be specialised operation rooms and two chambers for Caesarian delivery.
The Minor Surgery Hospital will be able to perform more than 28000 minor surgeries a year. It will also have many specialised clinics attached to it.
The Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Hospital, apart from 200 beds and related equipment, will also have the longest suite for hydrotherapy in the GCC region.
Minister of Public Health HE Abdullah Bin Khalid al-Qahtani and President of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), HE Engineer Nasser Bin Ali Al-Mawlawi recently visited the 227,000 sq. metre site to view the development of the project.
Engineer Al-Mawlawi said that the work on Hamad Medical City is around 79% complete and also added that work site has achieved 20 million work hours without injury, making it one of the safest for workers in the country. More than 5000 people are working on this project in two shifts.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia user Kevkormail, and shows the Athlete’s Village during the 2006 Asian Games.