ABU DHABI 25 June 2020: The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) announced that the field hospital in Adnec is now free of Covid-19 cases.
Rashid Al Qubaisi, Seha Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said: “We were able to successfully invest our resources in conducting the necessary screenings to detect members of the public with coronavirus. At the beginning of May 2020, Field Hospitals in different regions were prepared to isolate members of the public who tested positive for Covid-19, in addition to providing them with appropriate treatment.
The field hospital established at Adnec covers an area of 31,000 square meters and is an integrated hospital containing the necessary medical equipment to treat patients; this includes a pharmacy, radiology departments and laboratories. The hospital has a capacity of 1,000 patients and is managed by a medical staff of 73 doctors, consultants and among others,said Wam.
Dr. Aref Ali Al Shehhi, Senior Advisor in the Office of the CEO of Seha, who managed the field hospital at Adnec, confirmed that the hospital was equipped with medical facilities to deal with coronavirus cases. The medical staff consisted of approximately 260 nurses, a support team of 268 people, 9 technicians in the radiology department, 9 pharmacists, and 8 technicians, as well as 30 UAE Red Crescent volunteers.
The field hospital contained 48 beds for critical cases and was managed by an operations centre that supervised the development, implementation and communication of plans with other hospitals, in addition to providing support for medical teams at other hospitals, in line international standards for quality in healthcare. The medical staff from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) also participated in managing the hospital in addition to supervising urgent cases.
Furthermore, a clinic for employees working on the front line of defense was also established in the field hospital at Adnec to conduct periodic examinations and ensure their safety.
Mubadala Healthcare facilities arel ‘Covid-19 free’
The Mubadala Healthcare network of facilities have received the official ‘Covid-19-free’ designation conferred by DoH.
During a tour of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi , Dr. Jamal Al Kaabi, Acting Undersecretary of the DoH commented: “While Mubadala Healthcare has contributed significantly to supporting the UAE’s strategy to beat Covid-19, we are entering the ‘new normal’ of community health to deliver the healthcare services that patients now need the most, in a secure, coordinated, and empathetic effort.”
Patient safety is the highest priority across Mubadala Healthcare, with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint, and Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, ICLDC, resuming their most sought-after medical services while staff and patients stringently follow all precautionary measures including mask wearing, physical distancing, and temperature scans.
All institutes at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have been able to resume their complete service lines, with evening appointments now available for patients in Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Primary Care, Neurology, Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Medicine. Healthpoint is scheduling elective surgeries and outpatient services, and ICLDC is welcoming more patients for face-to-face consultations and express phlebotomy services.
In addition to following best practices for personal protective equipment, PPE, and implementing the highest international sanitization standards, stringent protective measures are in place across all three healthcare providers’ facilities as they welcome patients back.
These measures include limiting the number of visitors and spacing appointments at intervals for sanitisation of all surfaces and equipment between each patient; temperature checks at patient entrances, or in the case of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, thermal cameras at all entry points; rearranging facilities and seating to allow for physical distancing; and regular screening of all healthcare workers and staff.
All three of the patient-facing Mubadala Healthcare providers will continue to offer teleconsultations and home deliveries of medications alongside their on-site services.