Posted on June 07, 2015

Women and families living in and around Dukhan increasingly prefer to avail of the maternity services at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) The Cuban Hospital (TCH) due to the hospital’s reputation for providing evidence-based care, as well as the advantages of convenience and shorter waiting times.

Officially opened in 2012, TCH is staffed with experienced healthcare professionals from Cuba and serves the growing population of Dukhan and surrounding communities. Its services are being supported by HMC’s main Women’s Hospital in partnership with the Women and Newborn Health Network initiative. TCH offers obstetrical and gynecological services ranging from outpatient to emergency, surgical and neonatology care, providing an integrated system of care that is based on international best practices.

Professor David Barlow, HMC’s Director of Women Services and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology Services at Women’s Hospital said: “As Qatar’s leading provider of women’s healthcare, HMC is dedicated to providing effective maternal and newborn care in a seamless continuum that extends beyond the first few precious days after childbirth. It also supports women to practice lifelong wellness for themselves and their families. We continue to invest in the development of clinical programs and staff in all our facilities including TCH to ensure we always deliver the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices and provide expectant mothers and their families with a positive experience.”

Prof. Barlow noted that Women’s Hospital deliveries decreased from 18,000 in 2013 to 16,000 in 2014 due to an increase in deliveries at HMC’s secondary hospitals, including TCH, Al Khor Hospital and Al Wakra Hospital. The strategy to provide expectant mothers with additional options for care has led to 25 percent of all babies born across the HMC network being delivered at these general hospitals.

Mr. Philip Lowen, Chief Executive Officer of TCH said: “We are working closely with Women’s Hospital to realize HMC’s promise of the safest, most effective and most compassionate care for every patient who comes to our hospital. HMC’s reputation for excellence is driven by its team of dedicated healthcare professionals who are all committed to providing quality support to our patients throughout the maternal, newborn and child health continuum of care, and work together with families to promote their long-term health and well-being.”

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To book an appointment at the hospital, a referral or letter from a primary care doctor on the clinic letterhead can be faxed to telephone number +974-40157770 or scanned and emailed to Referral_Cuban@hamad.qa. A member of the bookings team will contact the patient within 1-2 working days. Patients who require more highly specialized care may be required to visit Women’s Hospital or other appropriate specialist centers within the HMC network.

Fadoua, a Qatari lady who delivered two of her babies at the hospital said: “I chose to deliver at TCH because it is closer to my home in Dukhan, and the hospital is not crowded so I did not have to wait long at my appointments. The doctors are also very professional and qualified.” She also noted the cleanliness of the hospital and the availability of advanced equipment. Fadoua received antenatal care, as well as postnatal care after her normal deliveries, including screening for her babies under HMC’s Newborn Screening Program, which screens for diseases or disorders to facilitate early intervention and help children avoid lifelong disabilities. “Everyone was caring and supportive. I would definitely encourage other expectant mothers to consider going to TCH,” she said.

Asif, whose wife also gave birth at TCH, commended the hospital’s customer service and good staff-to-patient ratio, and noted that there was dedicated nursing staff for both the mother-to-be and, after delivery, for the baby. He added: “There were regular appointments and scans as required with minimal waiting times, and we had an excellent relationship with and access to our gynecologist throughout the pregnancy. On admission, we were able to get a nice private room for my wife, and were allowed to bring in support devices such as an exercise ball and a TENS machine.”

“The hospital is nice and new, with access to a good cafeteria, and we did not have any issues accessing a bed and labor suite,” Asif said of their experience.

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