Posted on July 23, 2018

One year after their launch, the Al Wakra-based satellite office for Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) home healthcare service and the seating and mobility service are continuing to provide community-based care for thousands of patients.

In recent years, activity at HMC’s general hospitals has continued to increase, underscoring the demand for community-based care options. Demand for Al Wakra Hospital’s outpatient services rose by 25 percent from 2016 to 2017. The Seating and Mobility Service, which is part of the Occupational Therapy Service, and the Home Healthcare Service (HHCS) are evidence of HMC’s commitment to meeting that demand and providing patients with more community-based care options. “The Al Wakra satellite office for our Home Healthcare Service has brought care closer to the community, meeting the increased demand for a home care service in the Al Wakra area,” noted Dr. Essa Al Sulaiti, Medical Director of HHCS.

More than 330 patients residing in communities south of Doha are currently cared for by staff at HHCS’s Al Wakra office. The HHCS provides care for children and adults who are temporarily or permanently housebound. The service’s multidisciplinary care approach includes home visits by doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals who perform a variety of procedures, including oxygen administration, catheter changes, and a number of specialized therapies and services, including respiratory, physical, occupational, and speech therapy. According to Dr. Al Sulaiti, the HHCS is also working closely with Al Wakra Hospital’s Emergency Department as part of an effort to provide fast track access to patients who require specialist consultations, minor procedures, and device replacements.

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The Seating and Mobility Service, which was relocated from Rumailah Hospital to Al Wakra last year, is staffed by an experienced team of therapists who provide and train individuals across the country in the use of appropriate equipment to facilitate mobility, prevent complications such as pain and pressure sores, and enhance psychological and social well-being. Last year, around 2,200 patients with disabilities who required seating and mobility assistance were treated by staff from the Al Wakra Hospital-based seating and mobility service.

“The majority of our patients have received a custom-built power-chair, wheelchair, scooter, or customized vehicle, enabling them to move about more freely and independently. We focus on preventing injury and maximizing ability. We work with outpatients and inpatients to help increase independence and ultimately improve the overall quality of life for our patients,” said Mr. Sultan Al Abdullah, HMC’s Chief of Occupational Therapy.