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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Latifa Hospital, the birthplace of so many Dubai residents, set to double in size

Facility will handle an estimated 10,000 deliveries every year

Amylyn Oihayon Hidung, a medical laboratory technologist, in the processing lab at Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre at Latifa Hospital. Reem Mohammed / The National
Amylyn Oihayon Hidung, a medical laboratory technologist, in the processing lab at Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre at Latifa Hospital. Reem Mohammed / The National

Dubai's Latifa Hospital for Women and Children will begin the expansion of its facilities to handle about twice the number of deliveries each year.

The facilities that will undergo expansion include the labour and delivery suite and the emergency department.

Latifa Hospital for Women and Children is the oldest and largest dedicated maternity and paediatric hospital in the emirate.

“The expansion of the labour suite is to increase capacity and further create a patient-centric and family-centric environment in line with international modern practices," said Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital, said on Wednesday.

"The design is such that it will enhance accessibility, safety and delivery of service.

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

"Two more operation theatre (OT) rooms will be added making the number of OTs to six. Presently, approximately 5,000 to 6,000 deliveries take place per year at the hospital; post the expansion we will be able to handle close to 10,000 deliveries per year.

“The hospital is a recognised Baby Friendly Hospital and we follow kangaroo-care practices even for NICU babies to ensure speedy recovery of premature babies and early bonding between parents and the baby."

Dr Tahlak added that the paediatric and maternity emergency departments function round-the-clock on all days and both will undergo expansion.

She said Latifa is also a pioneer in minimally invasive gynecology surgeries and today almost 80 per cent of all gynecological surgeries are minimally invasive.

The hospital aims to further develop their expertise in this field. In 2015, the hospital received a recognition from the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopy (AAGL) as a centre of excellence in Gynecological Minimally Invasive Surgery (COEMIG). This year, the hospital will continue to provide training courses to doctors in COEMIG surgeries.

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