Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) launched a new service for patients of their Anticoagulation Clinic affiliated with the Cardiology Department and pharmacy at Al-Wakra Hospital. The clinic will now conduct a coagulation test for patients in their private cars without the need to enter the hospital and go through different procedures until they receive their medications. HMC confirmed that this measure is in line with other steps taken to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The Anticoagulation Clinic at Al-Wakra Hospital is the first of its kind in the region, where the follow-up of patients is carried out by a clinical pharmacist under the supervision of a cardiologist.
Dr Sabah Adnan Al-Qadi, Medical Director of Al Wakra Hospital, said in a press statement that launching this service is part of the measures taken by Al-Wakra Hospital to counter coronavirus and was implemented in other medical departments to reduce visits to the hospital while maintaining the quality of treatment provided. He added that Al Wakra Hospital continues to provide medical consulting services by phone to outpatient clinics, as residents of the southern part of the country, which is experiencing remarkable population growth, are benefiting from its services and treatment programs.
The Clinic receives about 200 patients per month, about 70 per cent of whom are of a history that includes surgeries in the past, chronic diseases or are classified under the elderly category which requires taking all necessary measures to protect them from the infection.
Applying the new procedures of the coagulation test of the patient while in their private car can largely protect these patients from the potential risk of infection with coronavirus.