Coronavirus: major Abu Dhabi hospital resumes suspended health services

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Normal operations have resumed at a major hospital in Abu Dhabi after it discharged its last coronavirus patients last month.

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City hospital, one of the largest in the country, was deployed as a key treatment centre at the height of the pandemic but was declared free of Covid-19 patients on June 25.

It now offers all essential services that were suspended due to the coronavirus.

“Ensuring that these services continue to be accessed by the community and that patients receive the best care possible by proactively managing their health has always been central to SSMC’s mission,” said Dr Naser Ammash, the hospital’s CEO.

“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is all the more important.

“As a nation that has invested heavily in the health of its people, it is vitally important that people of all ages, and with all conditions, continue to access relevant medical solutions to treat non-Covid-19 illnesses.”

Established as a joint venture with the Mayo Clinic and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), the hospital said it will continue treating coronavirus patients.

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Chairs at the Passports Department are set up to adhere to social distancing as civil servants return to work following the easing of restrictions in Dubai. AFP

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Abra or water taxi services resume with a reduction in passengers. Antonie Robertson / The National

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The hospital has put in precautionary measures to keep patients and staff safe.

Its appointment system has been updated to reduce the numbers of patients in one area at a time.

All facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitised.

These include all communal areas, waiting rooms, toilets, doorknobs, light switches, and other surfaces.

Additionally, all hospital staff are regularly tested for Covid-19.

The hospital will also have isolated and clearly marked wards, walkways, and entrance points for suspected and confirmed cases.

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Other measures include disinfection gates placed at the entry and temperature checks for all visitors.

Glass barriers have been placed between the reception staff and patients at registration.

Waiting rooms have also been redesigned to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“We want to encourage people to be proactive and avoid the risk of longer term health issues,” said Dr Ammash.

Temporary facilities elsewhere in the country, such as Dubai World Trade Centre and the Adnec Field Hospital, have also closed and returned to service hosting conferences.

On Sunday, the UAE reported 211 cases of Covid-19, its lowest daily tally for more than three months.

The new infections bring the country's total to 56,922 .

Updated: July 20, 2020 02:02 PM

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