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HMC resumes face-to-face outpatient appointments

HMC resumes face-to-face 
outpatient 
appointments

QNA
Doha
As Qatar continues gradual lifting of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced a return to face-to-face appointments for outpatient clinics.
As part of the gradual return to normalcy, HMC outpatient appointments will be conducted face-to-face with physicians in clinics.
HMC will continue to offer virtual clinics for some follow-up appointments or repeat prescriptions. Patients will be contacted by Nesma’ak about their appointment and whether their upcoming appointment is face-to-face or a virtual appointment.
HMC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Abdulla Al Ansari said now it’s the appropriate time to return to face-to-face appointments.
“Early on in the pandemic we made the decision to conduct outpatient appointments and other services virtually as that was essential to protect patients, visitors and the wider public from the COVID-19,” said Dr Al Ansari.
“As we start to gradually return to normal, it has been decided to resume in-person appointments where clinically appropriate. Measures will be in place to ensure social distancing and appropriate time between appointments.”
“Follow-up appointments, for example, for medication refills — will continue to be conducted virtually through telephone consultations. We would like to thank our patients and the community for their support and patience during the pandemic.”
All patients attending appointments in HMC Outpatients Departments will be required to show their Ehteraz status and have their body temperature taken prior to entry. Only patients with an appointment will be admitted to HMC facilities.
If a patient is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms on the day of the appointment including fever or chills, shortness of breath or cough, we request they do not attend and call 16060 to reschedule.
HMC continues to offer a range of virtual services via the 16000-helpline including: medication delivery, Mental health helpline, and Urgent Consultation Service.