10 Jun 2018 - 9:49
MoPH opens new services at HMC Heart Hospital
DOHA: As part of the ongoing expansion of services and facilities across Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), last week Minister of Public Health, H E Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, inaugurated two new services, a state-of-the-art Cardiac MRI Suite at Heart Hospital and a new chemotherapy robotic pharmacy at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR).
H E the Minister also toured the recently relocated Audiology and Balance Department at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), viewing some of the equipment and services available to patients.
She said HMC is expanding and developing its services and facilities to meet the demands of Qatar’s growing population. She noted that in recent month’s new technology, services, and processes have been implemented across the healthcare provider’s network of hospitals, improving quality of care and patient experience.
The newly opened Cardiac MRI Suite at Heart Hospital will provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient diagnostic services for patients at that facility. The purpose-built, high-tech magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite is the first of its kind at HMC and will deliver the latest MRI technology for noninvasive imaging of the heart and vascular system.
“Having a dedicated Cardiac MRI Suite at Heart Hospital means that inpatients do not need to be transported to other facilities for this kind of procedure,” said Dr. Al Kuwari. “This new technology will help to improve patient outcomes and make for a safer and more convenient experience for patients.”
Last week, the Minister also inaugurated a new chemotherapy robotic pharmacy at NCCCR. The pharmacy robot – the second of its kind in the region – uses a robotic arm to mix the highly toxic medications used in chemotherapy and deposits them in IV bags, vials, and syringes.
Chemotherapy medications are among the most complicated and toxic drugs used in oncology care. The high-tech chemotherapy robot will help eliminate human error and protect pharmacists from these potentially dangerous medications.
“This technology will help to improve the care provided at NCCCR by ensuring the highest safety standards for both patients and staff,” said Dr. Al Kuwari. “We are always looking at ways to improve safety and patient experience and this is an excellent example of this commitment. When fully operational, the chemotherapy robotic pharmacy system can prepare chemotherapy treatments for between 40 and 50 patients each day.”
The Minister also visited the newly relocated Audiology and Balance Department at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC).
The department’s new Medical City location is now home to all audiology and balance services previously offered at Rumailah Hospital, including all hearing tests as well as the audiology, baby, dizzy and tinnitus clinics, and advanced vestibular rehabilitation services, including a lab for the rehabilitation and treatment of the ever-increasing number of patients with dizziness-related disorders.