Posted on March 02, 2019

Qatar’s only dedicated Burns Unit, located at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Wakra Hospital, receives 10,000 patients at its outpatient clinics annually. Also 130 patients with burn-related injuries who were treated in the pediatric unit, 240 patients who required surgical intervention and 270 patients who were treated as inpatients.

Burns Unit uses the latest equipment and techniques to treat both severely burned patients and those with minor burn-related injuries. “The Burns Unit provides comprehensive burn care to patients of all ages. We treat patients from the time of acute injury through to long-term rehabilitation. Many of our patients are transferred from other hospitals across the country,” said Dr Noora Ahmed Al Thamimi, Consultant Plastic and Burn Rumailah Hospital, Burn Unit, Al Wakra Hospital, speaking to media recently. “We offer the advanced treatment and plastic surgery methods such as allograft and fat graft depending on the condition of the patient ,” she added. 

The Burns Unit at Al Wakra Hospital was relocated from Rumailah Hospital in 2014. The state-of-the-art facility was moved to Al Wakra as part of HMC’s efforts to transform many of its key clinical services in response to managing the healthcare requirements of Qatar’s growing population. The modern, purpose-built facility uses the latest equipment and techniques to treat both severely burned patients and those with minor burn-related injuries. Situated over two floors at Al Waka Hospital, the Burns Unit has a dedicated operating room, inpatient rooms, an occupational therapy room, consulting rooms for outpatients, and reception and recovery spaces.

Patients treated at the Burns Unit are supported around the clock by physicians from different medical and surgical specialties. They work together as a team to assess a patient’s injuries and develop the most appropriate course of care.  “The care a patient needs depends upon the severity of the burn. More serious injuries will require treatment by a larger multidisciplinary team,” said Dr Al Thamimi.  “A patient who is critically ill or having trauma-related injuries may first be monitored at the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Hamad General Hospital, before being transferred to the Burns Unit once their condition stabilizes,” she added. 

source: The Peninsula

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