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Sidra Med­i­cal and Re­search Cen­ter an­nounced the phased open­ing of its Out­pa­tient Clinic from May 1 which will be used to treat pa­tients re­ferred from HMC and the var­i­ous PHCCs.

Ser­vices at the Sidra Out­pa­tient Clinic will start with the launch of three clin­ics – Der­ma­tol­ogy, Pediatric Gen­eral Surgery Con­sul­ta­tion and Ob­stet­rics. The clin­ics will be sup­ported by ra­di­ol­ogy, pathol­ogy, phar­macy and lab­o­ra­tory fa­cil­i­ties. Pa­tients re­quir­ing con­sul­ta­tion at the three clin­ics will be re­ferred to Sidra by their ex­ist­ing pri­mary or sec­ondary health­care doc­tor. As it is re­fer­ral-based, the Sidra Out­pa­tient Clinic will not of­fer emer­gency ser­vices. The clinic will adopt the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to en­hance pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence. For ex­am­ple, pediatric pa­tients will have their height, tem­per­a­ture and weight read by de­vices which will send the in­for­ma­tion di­rectly to dig­i­tal pa­tient files. Bio­met­ric scan­ners will also help quickly bring up med­i­cal records of re­turn­ing pa­tients. A 3D prin­ter will pro­vide 3D mod­els of a pa­tient's or­gans such as the heart or the brain to help with treat­ment plan­ning. The clinic will be fully op­er­a­tional by early 2017 by which time around 5,000 pa­tients are ex­pected to be treated per week.

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