This camping season, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) emergency services have seen a drop in cases being transferred to hospitals from various beach areas.
The winter camping season for 2021-2022 has ended and there is a deadline of May 14th for campers to clear camp. The rescue service had expanded its operations to various beach areas across the country this season.
“Our operations during this camping season have been smooth. Due to public awareness and various restrictions and rules, the number of deaths has decreased significantly,” Ali Darwish, deputy chief executive of the emergency services, told The Peninsula.
Traditionally, Ambulance Service supports HMC’s Sealine Medical Clinic, working closely with other government agencies to provide quality healthcare services to campers at Sealine Resort and surrounding areas.
“Previously, our main focus was on the Sealine area. But this time it has been extended to other areas including Al Shamaml, Dukhan, Al Ghariya, Al Khor and Simaisma,” said Ali Darwish.
Ambulance service coverage in the Sealine area operates 24 hours a day. On weekends, the emergency services operate with regular ambulances, critical care services, air ambulances and 4×4 vehicles used to transport patients from the sand dune areas to either the clinic, a standard ambulance or the helipad. Ambulance units are deployed in other areas as needed, Ali Darwish said.
In every emergency, it helped to transport patients to the nearest HMC hospitals at the earliest.
Ali Darwish said that due to the expansion of emergency services to different beach areas, patients are being transported to HMC hospitals in Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Dukhan instead of all to Hamad General Hospital.
“This has helped reduce the patient burden at Hamad General Hospital,” said Ali Darwish. HMC previously extended operations at Sealine Medical Clinics through May 20 for the camping season. HMC’s decision is consistent with the company’s commitment to providing safe, compassionate and effective healthcare to communities in all regions of the State of Qatar. Sealine Medical Clinic provides healthcare services for all campers with injuries and medical emergencies. It is equipped with a LifeFlight helipad and is staffed during official working hours by a clinical manager, doctor and nurse.