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Qatar: PHCs to Provide Emergency Services by End of This Year


In a major attempt to stabilise the heavy rush at Hamad Medical Corporation’s Emergency Department, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) will be introducing emergency care services at the various health centres by end of this year. PHCC’s Managing Director Dr Mariam Abdulmalik stated in a report by The Peninsula that emergency cases were mostly referred to HMC’s Emergency Department because the cases needed “medical treatment for sub-specialties, not available at PHCC health centres as per its scope of services.” With this new initiative, urgent care treatment rooms will be set up in h
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Qatar: Emergency Medical Dispatcher Honoured


Doha: In recognition of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Ambulance Service’s commitment to provide high quality emergency response, emergency medical dispatcher Nasser Al Yazeedi was given the Dispatcher of the Year Award by International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) during a recent 3-day Middle East Navigator Conference in Doha. The award was created by the US-based IAED to identify and recognise individuals who, through personal action, have made the most significant contribution to further the values and mission of IAED, which aim at ensuring that citizens in need of emergency, health and social services are provided with t
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Qatar: Hamad Medical Corporation launches Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) Service


Doha: The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has become the first clinical centre in the region to provide round-the-clock and nationwide Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) Service that can save the lives of very serious heart attack patients. Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention is a procedure carried out as an emergency treatment by an interventional cardiologist. It has been shown to be the best possible treatment for very serious heart attack patients who need to be attended to as soon as possible. The programme is linked to a trans-satellite telemetry system in the HMC ambulances which provides cardiologists in the He
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Qatar: Government Intervention Sought to Expedite Ambulance Stations Project


Doha: The Central Municipal Council (CMC) has sought government intervention in the issue of launching permanent stations for ambulances and air ambulances outside Doha.  Over one year has passed since the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning identified sites for developing permanent stations at 26 locations across the country. But there has been little progress in the project, CMC Deputy Chairman Jassim Al Malki said. Currently, air ambulances and a large contingent of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) ambulance fleet are stationed at the HMC headquarters. For want of permanent stations outside Doha, the service is n
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Qatar: Ambulance Service Unveils New LifeFlight Choppers


Doha: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Ambulance Service on February 17 launched 3 new Augusta Westland AW139 LifeFlight helicopters to increase access to safe and effective emergency healthcare. The state-of-the-art choppers replace the smaller ones launched 7 years ago. “These are bigger than the previous helicopters. They have equipment that can be found in intensive care units, so we can do pretty much anything we do in the first 2 hours of the injury in these aircraft,” Dr Robert Owen, CEO for HMC Ambulance Service, told the media after the launch at Aspire Park.The helicopters are fitted with latest medical equipment, s
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