HGH launches special diabetes walk-in clinic for Ramadan
With the holy month of Ramadan approaching, Hamad General Hospital (HGH) – a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) – today launched an exclusive walk-in clinic for diabetic patients to help better prepare them for fasting.
The decision to fast carries an assortment of risks and complications for diabetics, especially because patients experience a change in meal patterns and their level of physical activity. In order to assist patients with managing this change and avoiding diabetic complications while fasting, the new temporary clinic will offer diabetes consultation prior to the commencement of Ramadan.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs as a result of increased levels of glucose in the blood (blood sugar). The condition is broadly categorized into two types: type 1, in which the body does not produce any insulin, a hormone required to break sugar into energy needed for daily life, and type 2, in which the body fails to respond to insulin. Another common type is known as gestational diabetes, which occurs only during pregnancy.
For individuals with diabetes who choose to fast during Ramadan, several issues require specific consideration, including monitoring of blood sugar, nutrition, exercise and fasting during pregnancy. It is recommended that patients consult with their healthcare team prior to fasting. Thus, the new clinic will encourage patients to take the necessary precautions when making the decision to fast and will help in the prevention of diabetes-related complications and emergency visits to the hospital.
The clinic, which is the first such offering by HMC, will be embedded within the National Diabetes Center at HGH, located on the second floor of the Outpatient Department. The clinic commences today and will be available from 5.30pm to 9.00pm. This will be followed by two simultaneous clinics offered on 1, 2 and 6 June, and three simultaneous clinics on 7 to 9 June and four parallel clinics on 14 to 17 June at the same time. More clinics may be offered depending on the number of patients.
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