x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Dh103m state-of-the-art dialysis centre boost for UAE kidney patients

Building work of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Dialysis Centre will start after the project wins approval from the Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

ABU DHABI // A Dh103 million state-of-the-art dialysis centre is to be built in the capital.

Construction of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) Dialysis Centre will begin imminently, it was announced by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) and the Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) yesterday.

Building work will start after the project wins approval from the Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and after the adoption of a budget for design and implementation.

The centre, which will be next to the existing SKMC health facilities in Abu Dhabi, will include 66 kidney dialysis units and will also cater for renal failure patients.

The latest medical technologies and devices will contribute to the provision of world-class medical care, as well as covering the needs of the expected increase in population in coming years, said a Seha representative.

Through building the SKMC dialysis centre, Seha aims to meet the current needs of the city, where a total of 67 kidney dialysis units are needed but only 42 are available.

The new facility will also bolster other dialysis centres operating in the emirate, including Al Mafraq Dialysis Centre, which has 66 units, and Tawam Dialysis Centre, with 99 units.

Three shifts a day will operate at the new centre, instead of two, to meet the expected number of patients, and it has also been designed to meet future healthcare needs, such as expansions.

Sustainability criteria that take into account reduction of energy and water consumption, as well as making full use of the sun’s rays, have been incorporated into the design.

The building will take up a total surface area of 10,057 square metres, while 6,276 square metres will be devoted to infrastructure and parks.

Administrative support services, including meeting rooms and car parks, will also be provided.

Seha’s continuing plans include the building, replacement and renovation of about 23 medical centres by 2018 and the provision of healthcare services to Abu Dhabi residents in accordance with the highest international standards, it added.

ecleland@thenational.ae