HMC's Paediatric Emergency Centres Record More Than 79,000 Visits In May

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Fazeena Saleem | The Peninsula

Doha, Qatar: Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Paediatric Emergency Centres (PEC) recorded 79,422 visits in May, according to data published yesterday.

The visits are recorded at the main PEC in Al Saad and others in Al Rayaan, Al Shamal, Al Daayen and Al Shamal areas.

The number of visits recorded in May shows an increase of more than 14, 500 compared to 64,551 recorded in April.

Speaking to The Peninsula recently, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of PECs, HMC, Dr. Mohammed Al Amri said that viral illnesses and respiratory infections are common conditions seen among young patients.

“Viral infections are common among children and spread at school, during gatherings, while visiting public places like malls and restaurants,” he said adding that most children are present with conditions like fever, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Children less than 14 years old with non-life-threatening emergencies are seen at PECs. Upon arrival, children are triaged and directed for treatment based on their condition. The PECs provide a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for pediatric emergencies.

HMC also operates a specialised 24/7 Pediatric Emergency Center Hotline 4439 6066, managed by qualified nurses. It offers immediate medical guidance, advice, and information regarding pediatric conditions. The hotline assists parents who are uncertain about medical issues, aiming to minimise unnecessary visits to the PEC.

Adolescents aged 14 to 18 years old are seen at the HMC Emergency Department and the Sidra Medicine Pediatric Emergency Department.

The HMC activity report for May has also published data from several other hospitals and services.

The Emergency Departments across HMC hospitals have recorded 55,972 visits, the Ambulance Service has received a total of 35,936 calls, and the LifeFlight air ambulances were activated 171 times in May.

HMC hospitals recorded 323,188 outpatient visits, 35,752 inpatient admissions, and recorded 2,425 childbirths.

Medication Home Delivery Service has received 5,432 calls, Nesma'ak helpline has recorded 154,886 calls, the mental health helpline received 1,315 calls, and the urgent care consultation service received 13,286 calls.

A total of 11,511 patients have visited hospitals for dialysis; 4,874 medical reports were processed, and 2,231,021 laboratory tests were conducted in May.


The Peninsula

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