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New Sharjah hospital to get keyhole surgery centre for children

The 200-bed Sharjah Gynaecologist, Obstetrics and Paediatrics clinic will form part of Al Qassimi hospital due to open next year.

SHARJAH // A medical centre specialising in keyhole surgery for children will be part of a multimillion-dirham government hospital being built in the emirate.

The 200-bed Sharjah Gynaecologist, Obstetrics and Paediatrics clinic will form part of Al Qassimi hospital due to open next year.

"It will be the first of its kind in the region," said Dr Khalid Khalfan Al Sabt, a paediatric consultant and the hospital's deputy director. "The new centre will handle paediatric cases from the Ministry of Health hospitals.

"It will also be a research and training hospital for students in partnership with the University of Sharjah."

Work on the Dh350 million hospital is due to be completed by the end of this year, with an official opening date expected next June.

The hospital is located behind the main Al Qassimi hospital. It will have 72 beds for maternity care, 76 for obstetrics and 52 for children.

There will be rooms and beds for premature babies, a paediatric intensive care unit, four operating theatres, a central laboratory, a blood bank and a pharmacy. There will also be a parking for 662 vehicles.

Keyhole, or laparoscopic, surgery is a modern surgical technique in which operations on a patient's abdomen are performed through small incisions.

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