The Peninsula: Despite the difficulties faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has ensured that all healthcare facilities, including medical emergencies, continue in a secure setting.
Doctors and nurses at HMC’s trauma and ambulance services help to provide life-saving treatment to all patients with medical emergencies. The Ambulance Services evacuate people in medical emergencies in a secure manner. In addition, walk-in patients are received, triaged, and directed to the proper location and quality of treatment by the nursing staff.
A special room has been planned and devoted to the treatment of patients accused of having COVID-19, which aids in patients receiving proper care from physicians and nurses, according to Dr. Mohammad Shuaib Afzal, Assistant Chief, Emergency Department at Hamad General Hospital.
According to Dr. Mohammad Shuaib Afzal, Assistant Chief, Emergency Department at Hamad General Hospital, a special room has been planned and devoted to the treatment of patients accused of having COVID-19, which aids in patients receiving proper care from physicians and nurses.
“It also helps limiting the exposure of staff to potentially infectious patients,” Dr. Afzal told The Peninsula. HMC has established an Incident Command Center to ensure that health treatment is provided properly at all levels, including intensive care units, clinical wards, quarantine facilities, and home quarantine facilities.
Many procedures are in place to ensure the seamless management of inter-facility transitions of treatment for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Afzal said “The Emergency Department has put in place procedures and policies as per the directives by the Incident Command Centre and after liaison with Communicable Disease Centre and Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). These processes facilitate the delivery of timely and safe clinical care to our patients if suspected to have been infected with COVID-19.”
“All patients who test positive for COVID-19 are assessed for level of care needed and admitted to inpatient services across the HMC. Patients are kept informed of results and future plan of care,” he added.
Dr. Afzal, speaking on behalf of the Emergency Department, encouraged the public to take all precautionary steps, such as social distancing, mask use in public spaces, proper hand hygiene, and all other prevention measures recommended by the HMC and MoPH, in order to avoid catching the disease and controlling the virus’s dissemination.
HMC’s new Trauma and Emergency Center, for example, is one of the largest in the country. The Hamad Trauma Center inside the hospital handles almost 2,000 patients each year and delivers services to people with critical injury from all over Qatar.