Following the successful opening of the Children’s Emergency Department (CED) and Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) in July, Sidra Medicine shared plans for continuous testing and training of its facilities and operations to ensure the department is always at the leading edge of world-class patient care.
“We are working together with Qatar’s Ambulance Services to provide an immediate response for children’s emergency cases. Just recently, Sidra Medicine’s CED team took part in a practice run to airlift children to Sidra Medicine as part of an ongoing series of simulation exercises designed to ensure a culture of safety permeates through everything we do,” said Dr. Khalid Al Ansari, Chair of the Department of Emergency at Sidra Medicine.
Operating according to international best practices with an understanding of local needs, the Sidra Medicine CED has put in place stringent patient safety processes, including medication allocation, staff rotations and access to Patient Experience teams to ensure patient comfort and safety.
The CED treats serious emergencies for children up to the age of 18 free of charge, including loss of consciousness, severe trouble breathing, major bone fractures, seizures and convulsions. Although the CED is designed to treat true emergency cases, the co-located UCC can offer care for non-emergency cases, including upper respiratory issues like sore throats and coughs, rashes, or low-grade fevers. Parents with children requiring non-emergency care who choose to come to Sidra Medicine for treatment will be seen in order of medical urgency and require a charge.