Al Jazeera hospital to merge with SKMC

Expatriates residing in the capital will no longer be able to avail of medical treatment at Al Jazeera Hospital as the General Authority for Health has decided to merge it with Shaikh Khalifa Medical Centre (SKMC).

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Thu 9 Dec 2004, 11:36 AM

Last updated: Fri 21 Oct 2022, 11:48 AM

The transition has already begun and will be completed by January 2005.

SKMC will cater to the medical needs of national population only and expatriates would have to fall back on Al Mafraq Hospital for specialised treatment as Central hospital will provide only general health services.

Meanwhile, nationals will continue to have the choice of getting treated at any hospital of their choice.

According to the General Health Authority sources, the new arrangement will reduce the waiting periods for patients, and help in the effective utilisation of space, technology and medical services raising the standards of healthcare in Abu Dhabi.

Al Jazeera has already stopped accepting new patients and the existing patients are being transferred to either Al Mafraq, SKMC, Al Rahba or Central Hospital.

However, about 20 to 70 patients who need special medical care will remain at Al Jazeera.

According to the CEO of SKMC, the medical team at both Al Jazeera and SKMC is making a case-by-case review to determine which patients should be transferred and which ones allowed to continue in Al Jazeera.

General Authority for Health Services said that it is organising a smooth transition process with least inconvenience for the patients.

According to SKMC, though they will take over the hospital by January 2005, they will continue to utilise the Al Jazeera facilities for the next 90 days.

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