Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital seeks more beds: Dr Jumaa
KUWAIT CITY, March 19: Director of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital Dr Nadia Jumaa revealed that there are 50 Kuwaiti and expatriate patients who have been staying in the hospital for a long time, due to which a team has been formed to help some of them leave the hospital so that the beds can be freed for other patients, reports Al-Nahar daily.
She explained that Mubarak Al- Kabeer Hospital was established in 1982 when the number of residents in Kuwait was about 300,000. However, this number has now increased threefold.
The hospital has a number of departments that are not present in other hospitals of Kuwait such as Department of blood vessels that accepts patients from all parts of Kuwait, colon surgery department which has three specialists from Canada and America, dialysis for children, and department of interventional radiology which is considered as rare specialization.
The hospital has the largest virology laboratory in the Middle East after it was transferred from the Faculty of Medicine to the hospital. The hospital also has nuclear medicine and neurology departments for children.
Dr Al-Jumaa revealed that the hospital has 657 beds in total out of which 502 are occupied. She explained that the Casualty Department of the hospital receives about 1,400 to 1,500 patients per day including a large number of expatriates.
However, their numbers reduced after the increase in the charges of medical services offered to expatriates. The number of the outpatient clinics also reduced by 28 percent due to the same reason.
Dr Al-Jumaa indicated about a plan for the extension of the hospital which is supposed to take place in three stages. The first stage is expected to be completed within less than one month and it will include extending the recovery section where the number of beds will be increased from 4 to 10. She said the number of clinics will be increased to four and the number of beds from 16 to 24.
Dr Al-Jumaa stressed that the hospital, within two to three months will open a ward for patients who undergo heart catheterization. She said the central kitchen has been repaired and supplied with all necessary requirements. Dr Al-Jumaa revealed that the extension project will require increase in the number of doctors, adding the plan was prepared on these bases.