Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) has introduced clinical leaders for strategic direction of clinics and services at the newly opened Sidra Outpatient Clinic.
The Sidra Outpatient Clinic opened on May 1 with the launch of three clinics – Paediatric Dermatology, Paediatric General Surgery Consultation and Obstetrics. The clinics are supported by radiology, pathology, pharmacy and laboratory
The medical director of the Sidra Outpatient Clinic is Prof David Sigalet, who is also the chair of paediatric surgery. Dr Abdulla al-Kaabi is the acting chief medical officer while Prof Ziyad M Hijazi is the chair of the department of paediatrics and leads all of the paediatric clinics at Sidra. Dr Justin Konje is the chair of obstetrics and gynaecology while Dr Deepak Kaura is the chair of the department of radiology and oversees the provision of the diagnostic imaging. Prof Rusung Tan is the chair of the department of pathology.
The outpatient clinic is currently accepting patients from Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation and Qatar Foundation Primary Health Care Centre. Sidra is collaborating closely with other healthcare institutions in Qatar to expand the referral network as and when more clinics and
services are launched this year.
“The opening of the Sidra Outpatient Clinic has been an opportunity for us to proudly showcase the skills and expertise of our diverse healthcare leaders and teams. Their hard work has made it possible for Sidra to offer patient and family centric services that will match the excellence of our medical care and the needs of our patients,” said Peter Morris, chief executive
The General Surgery Consultation Clinic currently sees patients aged 14 years or younger who may need surgical care. It provides consultation to patients with abdominal (including hernia), head and neck, diaphragm, thoracic, skin and soft tissue, liver, biliary and neonatal (newborn) conditions/diseases that may require surgery. In addition to endoscopic procedures, the team provides consultations for genito-urinary procedures.
The Dermatology Clinic specialises in skin conditions related to eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne and skin infections. Once the Sidra Outpatient Clinic is fully operational by early 2017, the dermatology clinic will be able to treat all skin conditions that do not require hospitalisation.
The Obstetrics Clinic currently provides access to routine prenatal care, education and testing. Doctors and nurses closely monitor the health and well-being of both the mother and her baby. Pregnant patients referred to Sidra for care will give birth at HMC-Women’s Hospital (HMC-WH) under teams of Sidra and HMC-WH physicians. They will also be admitted to HMC-WH during pregnancy for any emergency care or assessment where the Sidra physicians work collaboratively with their HMC colleagues.
Radiology and diagnostic imaging services at the Sidra Outpatient Clinic include X-rays of all body parts, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) scans of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services.
Pathology services at the Sidra Outpatient Clinic include routine and specialised outpatient testing in hematology, chemistry, microbiology, and anatomical pathology with genetic testing services to be launched in a few weeks. In collaboration with HMC, the laboratory will focus on delivering high quality laboratory diagnostic services to patients at Sidra to enhance the diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of childhood and maternal diseases in Qatar.
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