Despite no longer admitting COVID-19 patients, the hospital continues to implement stringent precautionary measures.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UAE, both private and public healthcare sectors have worked tirelessly side by side to ensure the safety of the country’s nationals and residents. Al Zahra Hospital in Dubai has been at the forefront of this battle tending to and testing thousands of patients through their emergency services. Achieving excellent outcomes, the hospital’s inpatient and ICU units treated over 640 COVID-19 related cases. As the number of newly diagnosed positive cases has decreased and the country is going back to fully operational capacity across all industries, DHA allowed a handful of select hospitals in Dubai to become “Non-COVID” facilities.
On June 13, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai has been certified by DHA as a Non-COVID Facility, only catering for patients who have either fully recovered from COVID-19 or have not contracted the virus. This has been done to safely clear the backlog of elective surgeries that piled up due to the lockdown and to ensure the continuity of delivering high-quality healthcare services to patients that suffer from acute or chronic non-communicable diseases who are in need of medical care.
“Al Zahra Hospital Dubai has one of the biggest cancer facilities in the UAE’s private healthcare sector. We furthermore cater for many patients with diabetes, rheumatological disorders, diabetes, heart disease as well as critical cases such as heart attacks, strokes and trauma cases. More than 2,000 babies are delivered in the hospital each year. This certification allows us to fully cater for our non-COVID-19 patients allowing them to continue their treatments confidently in a safe environment," says Dr. Mohaymen Abdelghani, CEO, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.Despite no longer admitting COVID-19 patients, the hospital continues to implement stringent measures towards ensuring absolute safety for their patients. Social distancing, hand hygiene, temperature checks and wearing masks are mandatory when visiting the hospital, while intense sterilisation measures have been put in place across the facility. While the hospital is equipped with the latest testing capabilities for COVID-19, swabs are carried out in a designated cubicle outside the hospital and the emergency room has a separate pathway for any patient suffering from respiratory symptoms.
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