A new outpatient department was inaugurated on Sunday at Muscat Private Hospital by H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Saeedi, Minister of Health.
The four-storey building also houses, what according to the hospital is the country’s only cardiac catheterisation laboratory, neonatal and adult intensive care facilities, 24-hour emergency services, operation theatres and radiology services.
The hospital has a female clinical team to conduct 4D obstetric ultrasounds in the new OPD, in addition to the fast track MRI, CT scanning and general radiology and imaging services.
“Private hospitals are important as His Majesty had mentioned in his speech (when addressing the Council of Ministers) that the private sector is contributing to the economy, and this applies to the health sector, too.
“We have been working with many expatriates to contribute to Oman's health sector. Unfortunately the spread of diabetes needs to be controlled on an urgent basis in the country,” H E Dr Saidi said.
The new OPD links all services using the patient information system. People can make appointments, get consultations with senior medical staff and go for imaging investigations the same day. It also has a pharmacy.
“We are aware that the medical healthcare industry is changing constantly. We have always ensured that we provide the best services to our patients,” said Dr Mohammed Ali Jaffar, chairman of Oman Medical Projects Company, which owns the hospital.
Dr Mohamed al Obeid, consultant, head of the emergency department and medical director, said, “As doctors, we always want to do the best for our patients. We have the best team of doctors and have maintained our standards. The new building is yet another important milestone that we began to plan two years ago.”
Several dignitaries from the Ministry of Health and professionals from the medical field attended the opening.