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PHCC renovates, expands Al Kaaban Health Center for better services

Tribune News Network
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has successfully delivered the transformation of Al Kaaban Health Center in alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030 as well as the Corporation’s strategic activities to allow for enhanced accessibility to care with increased clinical capacity and ameliorated physical environment.
As part of the continuous improvements to the existing facilities, PHCC has launched complete remodeling of the health centre’s facility, constructed an extension building as well as a new mosque, auxiliary buildings and new parking areas.
The project was delivered to public within the third quarter of 2020 upon completion of necessary fit-out and mobilisation activities, as well as granting of necessary occupancy certificates by local authorities. During the execution of the project, the health centre remained operational without compromising the service provided to the local community.
The enhanced facility provides greater access to a wider range and improved integration of healthcare services. Key strategic objectives are aligned with PHCC Corporate Strategic Plan for improved timelines, increased accessibility as well as comprehensive and coordinated care at remote communities.
A main consideration was the increase of the clinical capacity in the health centre by 63 percent from eight clinics before the renovation to 13 clinics after. The Built-up areas have increased by 204 percent as 1,459 sqm was added. The parking lots have been increased to 81 from the previous 15 lots (440% increase) as well as four additional parking positions for special needs. Ambulatory accessibility was also provided in case of urgent transfer of patients to the nearest hospital.
New clinical services at the centre are well-baby clinic, ultrasound, treatment and observation. The pharmacy has been enlarged to accommodate more patients, including waiting areas for both male and female, to ensure the comfort and privacy of the community members. New and improved amenities such as toilets, housekeeping and administrative and staff areas were also added or increased to enhance the quality of services provided under the direction of national health policy that sets and monitors the standards of the healthcare facilities.
In addition to the expansion of the health centre’s main building, new mosque and ancillary buildings such as refuse room, external store, security room were added to ensure compliance to standards.
The community members were consulted during the construction and their valuable feedback about accessibility, patient flows, services and aesthetics was taken into consideration as evidence of true partnership with patients as well as advocacy of synergy with communities.