Dubai hospital expansion to complete in July 2015

Rashid Hospital's $43.8mn Trauma and Emergency Centre to add 160 beds

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The AED161mn ($43.8mn) expansion of Rashid Hospital's Trauma and Emergency Centre will be complete by July 2015, said a top DHA official.

His Excellency Engineer Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the DHA recently inspected the site and discussed the progress of this project.

He said: "The expansion will add 160 beds and will cost AED161mn. The project has been designed after detailed consultation with specialists from the trauma centre and the DHA engineering department. The design elements take into consideration all the requirements needed for a hospital with a high volume of patients."

Al Maidoor, added: "The trauma centre caters to the most critical cases in the emirate and therefore designing the expansion in a manner that is convenient to doctors and helps enhance patient care was of pivotal importance. The construction began in June this year, using the pre-engineering concept and the project will be completed by July next year."

The pre-engineering concept means the trauma centre will continue to function as usual and at the same time the expansion work will be ongoing.

The walls will be manufactured in advance and will be installed directly onsite so that the trauma centre can function as normal while the expansion work takes place.

Engineer Ali Mohammed Al Mazyood, director of engineering at the DHA, said that all ICU beds of the hospital will be in the same area as per the design of the expansion project. It includes ICU and non-ICU beds which will be on the second and third floor of the centre. "The expansion plan was undertaken keeping the mind the growth of the population in Dubai. This design will enhance the functioning of the ICU of the hospital and help further enhance patient care."

Last year 166,000 patients were treated at the centre, with demand almost doubling since the centre began operations in 2006 and treated 86,000 patients in that first year.

On average, medical staff at the centre treat between 480 and 550 patients a day and this number is expected to grow in the years to come.

The expansion of the trauma centre is the first phase of the Rashid Hospital master plan that was announced by the authority in May 2013.

The AED3bn master plan includes six new specialised health centres, one four-star and another five-star hotel, villas and flats for staff accommodation, a mosque, lake way and landscaping and open spaces for children and families.

The main hospital will be rebuilt and will have three towers. Each tower will be seven storied and will have 300 beds - bringing the total capacity to 900 beds.

Al Maidoor said post the completion of the expansion of the trauma centre, construction in the adjoining areas in line with the master plan will begin. He added the expansion is much needed keeping in mind population growth.

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