Wakra hospital opens, not fully functional
The Al Wakra Hospital has finally begun operations, but the hospital is not expected to be fully functional until the middle of next year.
It’s size is impressive – Hamad General, Women’s and Rumailah Hospitals all put together; yet, it only has 210 beds, with a capacity for an additional 50 beds, besides 96 beds for critical care.
Despite it being the largest hospital in the country in terms of area, it functions only as a community hospital such as other hospitals in Al Khor and Mesaimeer. Only patients referred from Primary Health Care Centres in Al Wakra, Umm Ghuwalina and Airport areas are seen at the largest and eighth hospital of the Hamad Medical Corporation.
Hopes that this hospital would ease the bottleneck at HMC are still dim.
The hospital, fully equipped with modern technology and facilities, has all the specialty department which also include a special clinic for single workers, a first of its kind for a hospital in Qatar.
But, it faces staff shortage, which, insiders say is one of the reasons why it is not fully functional from the beginning.
The hospital has nearly 2,000 staff and the number will increase to 3,000, including 200 doctors, according to Johannes Kedzerski, Executive Director of Al Wakra Hospital. The hospital says it has over 150 doctors specialized in different areas. However, JustHere learn that many doctors who work at the Hamad General Hospital are also working for Al Wakra hospital.
“I work at the general hospital and Al Wakra hospital on a shift basis,” said a specialist doctor on condition of anonymity. The hospital which claims to have ‘Western’ standards is also seeking doctors and other professionals qualified from European universities.
“I have a Masters in Pharmacology and have gone through so many interviews but they have not recruited me yet and have put me on a waiting list,” said a Sudanese Pharmacist.
It was first announced that the hospital would open in April 2011, but the hospital only had a soft opening then. Construction of the QR1.85bn state-of-the-art Al Wakra Hospital covering an area of 128,000 sq.mt. started in 2007 and was scheduled to be completed in 2009. However, the Ashghal (Public Works Authority) handed over the facility to the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) on November 4, 2010, having completed construction of the premises.