Bid to complete trauma centre on schedule

DUBAI - Construction work on the new trauma centre for Rashid Hospital will begin in early December, according to the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms). The centre, the biggest and most comprehensive project of its kind in the medical field in the region, will meet the department's current and future needs regarding emergency services.

By Hani M. Bathish

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Published: Wed 20 Aug 2003, 11:58 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:13 PM

Engineer Saeed Ali Al Shamsi, Director of the Engineering Department, stressed that the Dohms aims to complete construction as planned in the coming year and stick to the pre-agreed timetable for the project. He said that work on the trauma centre is proceeding as planned.

He said foundations will be laid for the new trauma centre in October. Construction of trauma centre buildings will commence from December 1 and continue for one year according to the project's timetable.

In addition to the construction work, Al Shamsi said that the Dohms is currently studying the trauma centre's needs in terms of medical equipment, medical staff, furniture and fittings, to make sure that all the trauma centre's needs are met by the time the construction is completed in October 2004.

The Dh40 million trauma centre is expected to serve the emergency medical needs of Dubai and the Northern Emirates in the future. The trauma centre complex, which is independent from the Rashid Hospital building, will be built on a 19,000 square metre plot located between the hospital and the Dubai Creek Park. The ground floor area of the centre will be 10,380 square metres, while the first floor will be 8,575 square metres in area.

There will be 12 rooms at the new complex reserved for VIP patients. The ground floor will be made up of several ICU rooms that together can accommodate up to six patients at a time. The ground floor will also include an emergency section, a surgery section, treatment and check-up rooms, a reception and waiting area, a cafeteria and a mosque. The first floor will consist of a laboratory and a blood bank, a medical equipment workshop, 18 rooms for day-care of trauma patients, 12 for male patients and six for female patients. There will also be an additional 14 rooms for day-care of non-trauma patients, 10 for male patients and four for female patients.

The first floor will also include x-ray labs and other diagnostic imaging labs as well as doctors' and nurses' rooms. There will also be seven covered parking spaces for ambulances provided within the trauma centre complex.

The first floor will also consist of two operating theatres and an intensive care unit which can accommodate 11 beds, seven of which are reserved for male patients and four for female patients.

In total, there will be two male wards and one female ward. The male wards will have 40 beds and the female ward 24 beds. The project is considered the first of its kind in the Middle East and Gulf region.

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