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NCCCR expansion cuts waiting time for chemotherapy in Qatar

  • Oct 12, 2020
  • Author: QT-Online
  • Number of views: 41521
  • Health/Medicine
Catherine W Gichuki
Doha
The recent expansion at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) has helped as patients no longer wait for chemotherapy at the hospital and waiting time for patients at the outpatient clinics has been reduced, according to NCCCR Medical Director Dr Mohamed Salem Al Hassan.
The expansion has involved NCCCR’s Day Care Unit, Urgent Care Unit and Outpatient Department.
Speaking in Hamad Medical Corporation’s video, Dr Al Hassan said, “We have started to improve the services by increasing the number of inpatient and the number of beds for daycare patients-patients who come for treatment in the morning and leave in the afternoon. We increased the capacity by almost triple so no more waiting for patients for chemotherapy. The patients come straight to the bed and receive their chemotherapy in a nice and comfortable area. Also this has helped to decrease the waiting time for patients in the outpatient clinics. We have also increased the consultation time for the patient in order to sit more with the doctors and discuss his/her case.”
Dr Hassan said that they have increased all the services but the aim is to have a cancer hospital which involves all the cancer services like surgery, medical and radiological or radiotherapy treatment under one roof. “This is our aim and I hope that in the future, this will happen. I would like to thank all the staff, without them, I wouldn’t do anything and all the leaders of HMC.”
Al Hassan also thanked Qatar leaders for the support in improving the services.
Deputy Medical Director and Chair of Radiation Oncology Dr Noora Al Hammadi said that they were so happy for the accomplishment. “We did expansion in our Day Care Unit from 16 beds to 52 beds for the daily chemotherapy treatment for our patients. We are happy and honoured with this achievement. In Urgent Care we did an expansion from 6 to 10 beds for our patients who are coming for our urgent care. We also did the outpatient department expansion.”
She added that they have also significantly improved access to cancer care across Qatar through the established of 37 clinics outside NCCCR, in the Ambulatory Care Center, Al Wakra Hospital, Al Khor Hospital, and the Women’s Wellness and Research Center which has helped in decreasing the load in their outpatient department.