PHCs to provide emergency services by end of this year
In a major attempt to stabilise the heavy rush at Hamad Medical Corporation’s Emergency Department, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) will be introducing emergency care services at the various health centres by end of this year.
PHCC’s Managing Director Dr Mariam Abdulmalik stated in a report by The Peninsula that emergency cases were mostly referred to HMC’s Emergency Department because the cases needed “medical treatment for sub-specialties, not available at PHCC health centres as per its scope of services.”
With this new initiative, urgent care treatment rooms will be set up in health centres and a helpline will be available to address patient’s needs over telephone.
This initiative is one of the steps under the National Primary Healthcare Strategy 2013-2018 that was launched in June last year, to improve the quality and range of services provided by health centres. PHCC has also announced the opening of four new health centres this year, and another 11 would follow in the next couple of years to better manage the growing number of ‘new patient registrations’.