HMC unveils plan to double beds, triple car parking and enhance services
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) today unveiled an ambitious plan that will deliver extensive benefits to patients – more than doubling hospital beds across Qatar and tripling car parking spaces at Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City (HBKMC).
Between 2015 and 2030, hospital beds will increase from 2100 to over 4200 and, within the same timeframe, car parking spaces will increase from 8,000 to 24,000.
The HMC Facilities Master Plan will have a significant impact on the delivery of healthcare services in Qatar, more than doubling the specialist clinics available across the Hamad system as well as doubling operating theater capacity. Between 2015 and 2030, specialist clinics will increase from 400 to over 1000 and, within the same timeframe, operating theater capacity will increase from 40 to more than 90.
The plan will see the regeneration of HMC’s central Doha campus and development of an integrated, nationwide network of hospitals, services and care centers – in what is one of the region’s largest healthcare expansion projects.
The Master Plan will expand and unify HMC’s current sites to enhance HBKMC, a high-tech healthcare, research and education district in central Doha. Major features of the new HBKMC campus include unified clusters of clinical services, enhanced access for public transport, more hospital beds, additional parking facilities as well as leading edge healing, restorative and functional design.
Building on recent new facility openings including the Enaya Specialized Care Center, the Supportive and Palliative Care Unit at National Center for Cancer Care and Research and the Heart Hospital, the plan also includes a significant expansion of HMC’s services outside of Doha bringing the care and services patients need closer to them.
The Master Plan also seeks to revolutionize HMC’s service delivery in areas outside of Doha with a network of new ambulatory care centers across Qatar. Hubs for secondary care will also be created at Al Khor, Al Wakra, and Cuban Hospitals using the model of one program of care across multiple sites.
“This plan builds on our track record of expanding services and developing new facilities including the Cuban Hospital, the National Diabetes Centers in Al Wakra and Hamad General Hospitals and the award-winning PET-CT Center. Soon we will also open the Communicable Diseases Hospital, and expand our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as well as new operating theaters, trauma services and car parking facilities,” said Hamad Al Khalifa, Chief of Facilities at HMC.
Following the near-term projects, HMC will also continue to focus on the opening of three new specialist hospitals and a translational research center in HBKMC. Construction is progressing on the Ambulatory Care Center, Women’s Wellness and Research Center and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute. Once the buildings are finished there will be a period of commissioning which requires the installation of high-tech and complex medical equipment. These steps are an essential part of preparing to provide high quality specialist care.
There are a series of facilities in the planning stage including renovations and expansions to existing hospitals, a new hospital for tertiary care, a new hospital for cancer care, a new metabolic center, a new neurosciences center, new diagnostic and treatment centers, a school of clinical services and expansions to physiotherapy, critical care, children’s services, blood bank and mental health services.
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