Ashghal completes work on HMC’s advanced simulation centre

Ashghal has completed the construction of Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) ultra-modern simulation centre

A reception desk at the Hamad Medical Corporation
A reception desk at the Hamad Medical Corporation

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has completed the construction of Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) ultra-modern simulation centre which will enable healthcare professionals to improve their skills and advance their clinical techniques.

Designed by US architect Perkins+Will, the 13,000-square metre facility is purpose-built for the healthcare professionals to learn special, interactive skills for patient communication, the Qatar Tribune has reported.

The four-storey facility will provide a controlled and supportive environment that imitates real life patient-care scenarios while the training will create specific learning opportunities in areas such as communication and teamwork.

Clinicians will also be able to use the latest computer software and other devices to practice diagnostic and surgical techniques within realistic patient-care settings. All the medical gadgets in the facility are real and comply with British standards.

The construction of the building commenced in 2014 and was completed in 2017."The purpose of the simulation centre is to enable the staff of HMC and students to learn new procedures and practise new skills," according to an unnamed official at HMC.

The world-class facility has sixteen skills laboratories with a flexible training space where students can practice on mannequins, ten examination rooms where students can practice with standardised patients, simulation facilities with four standardised patient rooms, two labour and delivery rooms, and operating rooms where mannequins will be used for training.

The facility also hosts a surgical suite with 10 stations, a loading dock to simulate patient transportation through hospital to patient room, control rooms to monitor the activities in each of the medical areas, flexible classrooms and debriefing rooms where teachers and students will meet to review the training. The facility also has a 400-seat auditorium with interactive AV system.

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