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Sidra Medicine opening to help reduce pressure on HMC.

Sidra Medicine CEO Peter Morris said,"The clinical teams at Sidra Medicine are some of the best in the world. They have been united by a passion to deliver the very best care to women, young people and children in Qatar and will be trusted partners throughout the journeys that our patients will take with us. As a state-of-the-art facility handling high-risk and specialty cases, our approach to opening is necessarily phased to allow for proper testing at each stage. The safety and comfort of our patients is of utmost importance and we look forward to welcoming them." Morris added that Sunday marked a new phase in Sidra Medicine's journey. "We have established our research centre, which has developed really rapidly through a strong discovery platform. The centre has attracted globally competitive researchers for our programmes in Qatar," he said. Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors at Sidra Medicine Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham said,"It's a unique facility in the Middle East and is the rock of women's and children's hospital in the Gulf. Our doors are open to treat all patients within Qatar and also within the Gulf region and beyond." He reiterated that the facility will be an international beacon of best practice and high quality services. He said,"Sidra Medicine is investing large sums of money through Qatar Foundation to come up with new discoveries that will have a huge impact on women and children of Qatar in the future. "As part of Qatar Foundation, Sidra Medicine is a true embodiment of the country's wider, long-term efforts to build a world-class healthcare and research infrastructure in Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser's focus on transforming the care of women and children. Qatar Foundation, with Her Highness Sheikha Moza at the helm, has been a powerful force for progress. It has established Qatar as a leader in education, science and community development. We are incredibly proud to bring Her Highness's vision to life. He added,"Sidra Medicine is a first of its kind facility in the Middle East and will become a resource for the entire Gulf region in terms of specialty care for women and children supported by an impressive research infrastructure that will help lead the way in personalized medicine. I have no doubt that Sidra Medicine will become an international beacon of best practice and high-quality, academically-driven patient care." Sidra Medicine Executive Chair of the Children's Services Clinical Management Group, Executive Vice-Chief Medical Officer and Member of the Board of Governors Dr Abdulla al Kaabi said the hospital will help in reducing the pressure on HMC. "HMC handles 17,000 births a year and this is where Sidra comes in handy," he said. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Ferguson said Sidra Medicine staff is from all over the world. He also announced the birth of the first baby at the facility, baby Mariam, on Sunday. Sidra Medicine Chair of Women's Services Clinical Management Group Dr Justin Konje said,"By the middle of this year, Sidra Medicine will be handling 500 deliveries a month and the number will rise to about 750 by the end of the year. By the end of this year, we should have the capacity to deliver 9,000 babies per year. We have been collaborating with HMC and PHCC about how we will be attracting women to Sidra Medicine to ensure that there is an equal distribution between HMC and Sidra Medicine. We have a workable plan to ensure that none of the facilities is overwhelmed." According to Konje, from February 4, they will start taking referrals from two PHCC health centres - Al Rayyan and Al Gharaffa. In March, Sidra will start receiving referrals for gynaecology and towards the end of the year, it will start receiving In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) referrals. Chief Operating Officer Morag Gates said once fully operational, Sidra Medicine will handle 275,000 outpatient appointments, 11,000 procedures, 100,000 emergency attendances and deliver 9,000 babies a year. She said the facility features 140 clinic rooms, 10 operating theatres, 400 beds, 100 percent single rooms with a private bathroom, a birthing centre and emergency department. Sidra Medicine outpatient services were launched on May 1, 2016. It operates 47 clinics and services for children, young people, including maternity care for the women in Qatar.

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Date:Jan 15, 2018
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