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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Latifa Hospital in Dubai to double in capacity after Dh100 million expansion 

Revamp of the city's busiest hospital due to be complete in March 2020

Dubai Health Authority officials survey work at Latifa Hospital that's undergoing an expansion that will double its capacity. DHA
Dubai Health Authority officials survey work at Latifa Hospital that's undergoing an expansion that will double its capacity. DHA

Dubai’s oldest and largest maternity hospital is undergoing a Dh100 million expansion project that will double its capacity.

Work on the revamp at Latifa Hospital for Women and Children is already underway - and will see the facility serving 60,000 patients when complete.

The first phase of the labour and delivery suite expansion is due for completion in September 2019, with the second phase of emergency service expansion finished by March 2020.

“The expansion of the labour suite will increase capacity and further create a patient and family-centric environment in line with international modern practises,” said Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children.

“The design is such that it will enhances accessibility, safety and delivery of service.

“The expansion will not only increase capacity but also improve patient flow procedures, minimise patient transfers from one location to another and enhance overall care.”

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Two more operation theatre rooms will be added, increasing the number to six.

About 5,000 to 6,000 deliveries take place at the hospital every year.

It provides high-quality maternity and paediatric services to the population of Dubai and is a referral centre for complicated cases, not only for Dubai residents but also those from the Northern Emirates.

“It is a centre of excellence and the aim of the expansion is to enhance capacity as well as create a patient flow system that further improves care, helps medical staff provide high-quality medical services and is patient-centric and patient-friendly,” said Humaid Al Qutami, director-general of the DHA.

In 2015, the hospital received a recognition from the American Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopy (AAGL) as a Centre of Excellence in Gynaecological Minimally Invasive Surgery (COEMIG).