HMC Closes Sealine Clinic Marking End of Eighth Camping Season
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has concluded activities at its Sealine Medical Clinic as the camping season comes to a close. This is the eighth consecutive year the healthcare organization has operated the clinic, which began receiving patients in November.
Mr. Ali Abdullah Al Khater, Chief Communications Officer at HMC and Chair of the Healthcare Communications Committee, thanked all clinic staff, including doctors and nurses, Ambulance Service staff, and clinic administrators, for their service. He also thanked the Ministry of Municipality and Environment for its ongoing support of the clinic throughout the season.
Mr. Al Khater, who is also Project Manager for the Sealine Medical Center, said HMC operates the clinic each year to ensure medical services, and specifically emergency medical services, are available for residents during the busy camping season. He said the annual operation of the clinic reinforces HMC’s commitment to providing the best possible healthcare to campers in the Sealine, Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea), and surrounding areas.
The Sealine Medical Clinic, which officially closed on 31 March, was located close to the seashore and popular camping areas, at the same site as the last three years. The location was chosen to facilitate easier access for residents and visitors. The clinic, which operated every weekend during the camping season, opened each Thursday at 3 pm and remained open until Saturday at 5 pm
Dr. Hamid Ghareeb, Consultant at HMC’s Medical Administration Department and Medical Supervisor of the Sealine Medical Clinic, said a total of 681 patients (633 adults and 48 children) were treated during this year’s camping season, including 423 Qataris and 258 expatriates. Thirteen patients were transferred to the Emergency Department at Hamad General Hospital by ambulance for additional treatment.
Officials at the clinic have said patients were treated for a variety of complaints and ailments, with 493 cases involving fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and cough, and 175 patients receiving treatment for wounds, burns, intestinal infections, and asthma. Thirteen cases involved severe medical conditions, such as accidents, bone fractures, and heart attacks.
The Sealine Medical Clinic was supported by HMC’s Ambulance Service, which continued to provide campers with round-the-clock access to a team of paramedics and well-equipped ambulance vehicles. This year the Ambulance Service added two ambulances and two 4x4 emergency vehicles to its operation in the area. During public holidays and weekends, the number of ambulances onsite was increased to six and the number of 4x4 emergency vehicles was increased to four.
Hamad Medical Corporation
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the premier non-profit health care provider in Doha, Qatar. It was established by Emiri decree in 1979 and manages five highly specialized hospitals, namely, Hamad General Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, Women's Hospital, Al Amal Hospital and Al Khor Hospital. Since its establishment, HMC has rapidly developed medical facilities capable of providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of diseases that previously could only be managed in overseas medical centers.
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