Sidra opening six more paediatric outpatient clinics
21 Sep 2016 - 2:45
DOHA: Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) is opening six additional paediatric outpatient clinics this month while plans are under way to start day surgeries soon, said a senior official yesterday.
The new clinics are for Infectious Diseases, Adolescent Medicine, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, Anaesthesiology and a Pre-Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU).
The day surgery clinic will conduct minor surgeries and procedures for paediatric patients.
Sidra is collaborating with other healthcare institutions in Qatar to expand the referral network as and when more clinics and services are launched.
At present the Outpatient Clinic is accepting referral-based patients from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation.
“We are excited to be on track with the launch of more clinics and services at the Outpatient Clinic. Now we have over 30 clinics, allied health and clinical services. This marks an important milestone as we prepare for our outpatient services to become fully operational by January 2017,” said Dr. David Sigalet, Medical Director, Outpatient Center, and Department Chair of Surgery.
“We are also working towards the launch of day surgeries soon. Our day surgery clinic will conduct minor surgeries and procedures and paediatric patients will be discharged the same day. This is an exciting time for Sidra and, more importantly, a crucial service delivery for the children of Qatar who require specialist healthcare services,” he added.
The Infectious Diseases clinic will treat paediatric infections, including fever and rash-based diseases, bone and joint infections, and complicated skin and soft tissue infections.
Adolescent Medicine will focus on children aged 14-18 and will see patients with chronic illness or disability, mental illness, behavioural problems and eating disorders.
The Nephrology Clinic will address problems, including renal disease, chronic kidney disease, and bladder dysfunction.
The Ophthalmology Clinic will provide multidisciplinary paediatric ophthalmic care for conditions related to the eye, orbit and related structures. This includes retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) — a retinal disease that occurs in premature babies; eyelid lesions, congenital corneal and lens malformations, congenital glaucoma and retinal dystrophies which affect visual functions.
The Anaesthesiology Clinic and PACU will include pre-assessment and testing for children requiring sedation or anaesthesia for procedures being performed by Sidra doctors at HMC hospitals.
While consultations with the Sidra surgical team are based out of the Sidra Outpatient Clinic, all surgical procedures and operations are being conducted at HMC hospitals.