12 Jun 2018 - 20:45
Sidra Medicine to open children's emergency department in July
Doha: Sidra Medicine, a member of Qatar Foundation, is set to open Children's Emergency Department (CED) in early July, nearly six months after the successful opening of its main hospital.
Emergency care will be provided free of charge, but for cases that are considered non-emergencies, there will be a charge to be paid. Triage staff will determine the urgency of treatment and the appropriate level of care required.
The new CED will add capacity to Qatar's existing healthcare facilities, such as the five Pediatric Emergency Centers (PECs), which will remain open, and complement those services already available at Sidra Medicine.
Sidra Medicine's CED will provide emergency care and treatment for children requiring life-saving intervention or immediate attention, such as in cases of severe trauma and major medical and surgical emergencies -free of charge. Sidra Medicine organizes its emergency care system according to best international practice as outlined in the Emergency Severity Index.
Children who require non-urgent care - including upper respiratory issues like sore throats and coughs, rashes, or low-grade fever - should continue to seek treatment with their regular healthcare provider, as they normally would. Should patients choose to come to Sidra Medicine for treatment of cases that are considered non-emergencies, its Children's Urgent Care Clinic will treat patients in order of medical urgency and are required to pay a charge for the consultation.
"This is a major milestone in our journey towards delivering a world-class center for children's services in Qatar and our aim to become a beacon of healthcare excellence for children, young people, and women," said Sidra Medicine Chief Executive Officer Peter Morris.
The opening of CED at Sidra center comes as part of the plan to gradually open the center's services to the full operational stage this year.
The new services will complement those already available at Sidra Medicine since opening its main hospital in January, such as the opening of the Sidra Medicine Heart Center with the help of an outstanding clinical team, cutting-edge equipment and facilities, and advanced treatments and care as well as launching a wide range of pediatric medical and surgical programs, including kidney dialysis, and opening the Sidra Medicine Women's Urgent Care and Obstetrics Triage Center for women with urgent issues related to pregnancy and the reproductive system,such as acute pelvic pain and bleeding complications in early pregnancy (below 12 weeks).