Dubai, UAE: Keeping in mind the high rate of population growth and in line with Dubai’s 2020 Vision, Dubai’s Rashid Hospital has launched the expansion of its Trauma Care Centre, marking the first phase of a hospital expansion master plan that was announced in May 2013.
The expansion with add 160 beds at a cost of Dh161 million.
The plan which adopts a pre-engineering concept which will allow the trauma centre to continue functioning as usual while expansion work is ongoing will have walls manufactured in advance and installed directly on site.
Elaborating on the master plan, Engineer Eisa Al Maidour, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said: "After detailed consultation with specialists from the Trauma Centre and the DHA engineering department, we finalised the design of the expansion, keeping in mind all the requirements needed for a hospital with a high volume of patients. The Trauma Centre caters to the most critical cases in the emirate and therefore designing the expansion in a manner that is convenient to doctors and helps enhance patient care was of pivotal importance."
Al Maidour added that the expansion plan was undertaken keeping the mind the growth of the population in Dubai.
According to statistics on the volume of patient turnout provided by the DHA, last year 166,000 patients were treated at the centre, with demand almost doubling since the centre began operations in 2006 and treated 86,000 patients in that first year.
On an average, the medical staff at the centre treats between 480 and 550 patients a day and this number is only expected to grow in the years to come.
The Dh3 billion master plan includes six new specialised health centres, one four-star and another five-star hotel, villas and flats for staff accommodation, a mosque, landscaping and open spaces for children and families. The main hospital will be rebuilt and will have three towers. Each tower will have seven storeys and have 300 beds - bringing the total capacity to 900 beds.
© Gulf NewsJun 2014