Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 9 August 2020

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Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi doctors bring comfort to Covid-19 patients with friendly name tags

Medics are wearing photos of themselves smiling on their coats to make patients feel at ease

Healthcare workers at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City wear photos of themselves to lift the spirits of Covid-19 patients in isolation. Courtesy: SKMC
Healthcare workers at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City wear photos of themselves to lift the spirits of Covid-19 patients in isolation. Courtesy: SKMC

Doctors in Abu Dhabi have begun wearing pictures of themselves on top of their personal protective equipment to bring comfort to patients.

Healthcare workers at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City are using photos of themselves smiling to help put their patients, who can only see their eyes from beneath their masks, at ease.

“Once they put on their personal protective equipment it becomes hard for any person to identify them,” a hospital representative said.

“This may not seem a problem under the circumstances of the coronavirus crisis but medics at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City have decided to provide more than just medical care to their patients.”

Medical staff treating coronavirus patients must wear several layers of PPE, covering them from head to toe, to protect themselves against contracting the disease.

To not deprive patients of "a reassuring smile”, portraits of the staff are now being pasted over top of their clothes.

The aim of this is to uplift their patients' spirits and "make them feel optimistic about their treatment.”

“Despite all the pressure surrounding this virus we have decided to keep our human connection,” said Dr Shamma Al Mazrouei, operational manager at SKMC.

“Being inside the isolation room without any visitors could cause stress for many people.

“With this initiative we aim to break the isolation barrier and deliver our sincere feelings to every patient,” she said.

“It makes me happy for the patient to see my smiling face instead of those protective masks that cover my face fully,” said Dr Malcom Borg, chairperson of SKMC’s emergency department

Medics at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City wear armbands reading "la tsheloon hamm" (do not be concerned). Courtesy: SKMC
Medics at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City wear armbands reading "la tsheloon hamm" (do not be concerned). Courtesy: SKMC

The medics are also wearing armbands bearing the phrase “La tsheloon hamm”, which translate from Arabic – in the local Emirati dialect – to “do not be concerned”. The phrase was first said by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, when he reassured the public that the UAE was prepared to face any challenge when it came to the virus. The phrase is now frequently repeated by authorities and can be seen on signposts across the country.

Updated: April 13, 2020 07:11 PM

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