Sidra expands referral options, new services

 07 Feb 2018 - 8:35

Sidra expands referral options, new services
The first twins born at Sidra Medicine’s main hospital with the medical team.

The Peninsula

DOHA: Sidra Medicine, specialty children’s, young people and women’s healthcare organization and member of Qatar Foundation,  has announced the next stage in its phased opening with expanded referral options and new services available to patients from this week.

Following three weeks since the opening of its main hospital,  from February 4, the Women’s Clinic at Sidra Medicine has begun accepting referrals from Al Rayyan Health Center and Gharrafa Al Rayyan Health Center.

This is in addition to ongoing referrals from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) Centers. 

Also from the Sidra Medicine main hospital in addition to doing elective cesarean deliveries, has begun scheduling births by planned induction of labour. Deliveries by induction of labour will be scheduled by referral only. Women who go into spontaneous labour will need to go to HMC for deliveries. This also applies for patients currently registered and receiving their antenatal care at Sidra Medicine. 

Under children’s and young people’s services, additional low-risk orthopaedics and all general surgery services have also become available from this week. Also From February 11, paediatric neurology and rheumatology clinics, as well as complex general paediatric care, will open at Sidra Medicine. 

The latest inpatient children’s services will be added to the list of existing services currently available by referral and appointment only. This includes pulmonology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and non-invasive cardiology services, as well as low-risk general surgery, urology, plastic and ear, nose and throat surgical procedures. 

Sidra Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr John Ferguson said, “The weeks since we opened our main hospital building have been marked with many heartwarming developments, from welcoming our first babies to treating our first inpatients. Most importantly, however, the intense preparation and systems testing we conducted ahead of opening has ensured efficiency and safety with no adverse patient outcomes.”

Since opening its doors on January 14 and until January 31, Sidra Medicine’s main hospital has performed 79 paediatric procedures and 13 C-sections, admitted 33 paediatric patients and welcomed 14 babies. 

The current schedule of inpatient services will be ramped up through mid-2018 to include more complex paediatric surgeries, specialist paediatric services in cardiology and others, as well as deliveries, focusing on high-risk pregnancies. 

Patients coming to Sidra Medicine are currently being seen by referral and by appointment only. The Emergency Department (ED) at Sidra Medicine will open in mid-2018. Emergency cases should continue to be seen at established ED centers throughout Qatar. Sidra Medicine is specialty children’s, young people and women’s healthcare organization and member of Qatar Foundation.

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