HMC’s anaesthesia department to open more pain clinics across hospitals
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is preparing to open additional specialised pain clinics across its network of hospitals in order to provide improved therapeutic care for each and every one of its patients.
The pain clinics are being planned for Hamad General Hospital (HGH), National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), and Al Wakra, Rumailah, Heart, Women’s and Al Khor Hospitals.
Pain management is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain. Dr. Wael Saleem, consultant anaesthesiologist and Head of Chronic Pain Management at HMC, said that restructuring of the Acute Pain Service at HGH has already been completed and a similar service will follow at Women’s and Al Khor Hospitals. “In each HMC hospital, a clinical coordinator will be allocated to the acute pain service. We already have the Chronic Pain Service in HGH and NCCCR and the most recently opened pain clinic at Al Wakra Hospital (AWH) has been operational since January this year. This will be followed by Women’s, Al Khor and Heart Hospitals.”
In Qatar, only about 3000 patients visit the pain clinics at HGH, Rumailah and NCCCR every year, while the post-operative acute pain cases are in the region of 9000 cases per year. A further 400 cases require interventional procedures during 2014.
The pain clinic at AWH opens twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. The clinic is open to all categories of patients including children and adults, males and females.
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