Dubai’s oldest maternity hospital undergoes expansion

By Catherine Sturman
With a mission to transform Dubai into a leading healthcare destination by fostering innovative and integrated care models, leading maternity hospital i...

With a mission to transform Dubai into a leading healthcare destination by fostering innovative and integrated care models, leading maternity hospital in Dubai, the Latifa Hospital for Women and Children is set to undergo a significant expansion at a cost of Dh100mn.

Focusing predominately on the patient experience across the care delivery process, the expansion will enable the hospital to maximise the value of healthcare services provided, pursuing efficiency and ensuring an appropriate allocation and utilisation of resources. It will also guarantee an innovative and interdisciplinary approach towards clinical care, further enhancing the lives of local communities within Dubai.

The expansion will seek to serve up to 60,000 once finalised, with the first phase of the labour and delivery suite set to complete in September. The second phase will complete in 2020. The hospital delivers up to 6,000 newborns each year and is the first port of call for all complex cases.

In 2015, the hospital received recognition from the American Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopy (AAGL) as a Centre of Excellence in Gynaecological Minimally Invasive Surgery (COEMIG).

 “The expansion of the labour suite will increase capacity and further create a patient and family-centric environment in line with international modern practises,” explained Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children.

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“The design enhances accessibility, safety and delivery of service.

“The expansion will not only increase capacity but also improve patient flow procedures, minimise patient transfers from one location to another and enhance overall care.”

Additionally, throughout the expansion the hospital will ad two more operation theatre rooms to its facility, where six will be fully up and running upon completion.

“It is a centre of excellence and the aim of the expansion is to help medical staff provide high-quality medical services and is patient-centric and patient-friendly,” adds Humaid Al Qutami, director-general of the DHA.

The strategic patient flow plan includes a centralised patient placement centre From the time the patient enters the hospital until discharge, we have designed the expansion in such a manner that all processes take place next to each other creating an easy flow and minimising patient movement,” noted Dr Tahlak.

“We studied our processes as well as looked at international benchmarks before finalising the design process,”


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