Hamad Medical Corporation’s Al Wakra Hospital (AWH) has continued to expand its services with the recent introduction of new endoscopy equipment and a dedicated Pediatric Endoscopy Unit. These latest developments highlight AWH’s commitment to providing the safest, most effective and most compassionate care to the local community.
The hospital recently received a range of new endoscopy equipment to provide cutting-edge non-surgical services to patients. Additionally, the Pediatric Endoscopy Unit, previously located at Hamad General Hospital, was transferred to AWH at the end of December, 2014. The new unit has already successfully conducted several procedures, according to Parwaneh Elias Al Shibani, Director of Nursing at AWH’s Medical Division.
"We are continuously expanding our services and facilities at AWH to ensure our patients have access to the safest, most compassionate and most effective healthcare services they might need. These new additions in Al Wakra Hospital will allow better and more convenient access to high quality endoscopy services for our patients," said Mr. Wilson Ross, Acting CEO of AWH.
Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure used to examine a person's digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor. An endoscopy can be used to investigate an area of the body if symptoms suggest there might be a problem. It can also be used to help perform some types of keyhole surgery (laparoscopy), such as removing the appendix or gallbladder.
“Working with this new equipment will help us to achieve excellent outcomes for patients, in terms of convenience and the quality of our services. We have received three gastroscopes (used to examine the esophagus and stomach), three colonoscopies (used to examine the large intestine or colon), and a video processor,” said Dr. Abulgasim Ennkaa, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Consultant, and Acting Head of AWH’s Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Unit.
Dr. Ennkaa added that the hospital’s endoscopy service has benefited a large number of patients since it started. “In 2014, we did 926 endoscopic procedures, and the patient flow is increasing as AWH is expanding and establishing new subspecialties. We have a strategic plan to expand our services,” he said.