Surgical service facility opens in July

 13 Jun 2016 - 1:57

Surgical service facility opens in July
Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani, Medical Director, HGH; and Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Surgical Affairs, HMC, explaining hybrid operating rooms during a media tour of the surgical service facility yesterday. Pic: Abdul B / The Peninsula


By Fazeena Saleem

DOHA: The new surgical service facility at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) is preparing to receive patients from next month after a comprehensive infection control inspection, said a senior official yesterday.
The multi-purpose facility features 20 state-of-the-art operating theatres, enhanced surgical services, expanded patient recovery facilities and a retail zone with ample parking. “We will do an infection control check before opening the operating theatres. We check the environment, water, dust in the air and it usually takes 10 days. We check every room, every corridor and every corner of the facility. We will do it again if it doesn’t meet the standards. Roughly it will take two to three weeks, hopefully we will open before Eid,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Surgical Affairs, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), during a media tour of the facility. “We have done a simulation on how to receive patients and we are ready. Once the facility is ready for operation, we will start with day care patients,” he added.
The facility includes 17 surgical theatres equipped with latest technologies such as automatic anaesthesia machine, closed circuit cameras to capture surgeries and transmit within or outside Qatar and two surgical robots.
Dr. Al Ansari said four to five surgeries can be performed in one theatre room daily, depending on patients’ condition.  The facility has three highly advanced hybrid operating rooms to complete surgical procedures as well as CT and MRI imaging. Surgeons and radiologists can work on five to seven specialties in hybrid operating rooms.
“Here, different procedures can be done at the same time. It’s very helpful for trauma patients who need multiple surgeries and for orthopaedic surgeries. Usually we shift patients to other departments for scanning and imaging, but here we just have to move the surgical bed into the MRI scanner,” said Dr. Al Ansari.
The 19-bed Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU) and 15-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) are key components of the newly expanded facility and provide advanced post-operative care for surgical patients in best healing environments. The TICU will provide advanced care for trauma patients, including those with trauma to the chest or abdomen, with multiple fractures, and patients with severe head and spinal injuries.
“We continue to apply the highest globally recognised standards for patient safety, maintain a highly trained surgical roster, encourage teaching moments for our residents and interns and always take action that promotes positive patient outcomes,” said Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani, Medical Director, Hamad General Hospital.
The new theatres have preventative anti-microbial measures, advanced air flow ventilation and filtration system for a cleaner environment.
“All equipment are fixed in a manner that the rooms can be cleaned within 10 minutes after a surgery and prepared for the next. The walls, floor and doors have glass surface which are easy to clean. We have minimised staff entering the theatre rooms. All medicines and surgical equipment will be stored outside the room and surgeons will have access to them from inside. All these combine to protect our patients and staff from acquiring or transferring infections,” said Dr. Eman Al Maslamani, Chairperson, Infection Prevention and Control, HGH. In future, the facility will be integrated with the upcoming 228-bed Trauma and Emergency Tower of HGH.

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