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Cuban Hospital to increase outpatient capacity by 30%

Tribune News Network
The Cuban Hospital run by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will be able to handle 30 percent more outpatients at the end of a major expansion effort by late 2020.
The 24-month construction programme is expected to enhance the patient experience at the hospital and improve access to specialised medical care for people living in Dukhan and the western districts of Qatar.
The expansion works, which commenced earlier this year, will help the hospital meet the increased demand for current and future services.
“The ongoing work is part of HMC’s overall expansion programme aimed at enhancing the experience of our patients. These renovations will allow us to provide faster access to high-quality specialist services and will see significant enhancements to several key service areas,” said The Cuban Hospital’s Medical Director Dr Angel Mario Felipe Garmendia.
“This is both an exciting and challenging time and there may be a temporary disruption to some existing public and patient areas. While we are making every effort to minimise disruptions, our community will notice some temporary changes, specifically to entrances, parking areas and patient drop off zones. We ask patients and the public to bear with us. This construction and renovation project is extensive and is an essential part of helping ensure we can continue to meet the healthcare needs of our community.”
The Cuban Hospital was officially opened in January 2012 as a joint project between the governments of Qatar and Cuba. It has more than 450 Cuban staff.
Dr. Garmendia noted that the hospital had seen a sharp rise in patient visits in recent years, recording over 85,000 outpatient visits and nearly 6,500 inpatients in 2018, compared with 63,000 outpatient visits and 4,700 inpatient visits in 2016.
“Once completed, this expansion work will result in a 30 percent increase in outpatient clinic capacity, and specifically new obstetric clinics that will be integrated into the maternity wing and upgrades to our Bone and Joint Unit that will include additional consultation clinics, outpatient x-ray, and a satellite pharmacy,” added Dr. Garmendia.