Bahrain March Roundup

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Fraser Clarke

Aiming to Improve

Members of the Bahrain Medical Society, the Royal College of Surgeons and representatives from some of the country’s leading private hospitals met last week, with the aim of discussing how best to develop the nation’s healthcare sector.

The meeting was described as ‘constructive’ by attendees, and was organised with the aim of continuing to improve the standard of healthcare on offer in the country.

It is now hoped that partnerships between the three attending groups can be established, allowing for the introduction of joint training programmes, research projects, scientific plans and courses - leading to a truly integrated healthcare sector.

Bahrain Medical Society chairman, Dr Mohammed Abdulla Rafie, commented: “The meeting came within the framework of the BMS contribution to advance its social responsibility and co-ordinate with all parties concerned with health and medical affairs.

“I must stress the growing role of private hospitals in supporting national efforts to develop this sector in Bahrain.”

Riffa Gains New Clinic

A new clinic has been opened in Riffa, to the south of Bahrain’s capital Manama.

Located opposite the Callidus Centre, the American Mission Hospital owned facility will offer both medical and dental care within a modern, cutting-edge environment.

The clinic becomes the fourth opened by the AMH - with two satellites already set up in Saar and Amwaj, as well as the group’s flagship hospital in Manama itself.

A range of services are set to be offered at the new clinic, including general practice, women’s health, ophthalmology and radiology, whilst it is also to be equipped with an olympic sized swimming pool for hydrotherapy.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Dr George Cheryan, CEO of the group, said: “We are pleased to be able to provide residents in the Central and Southern Governorate with the highest quality medical services through this new facility.

“This clinic is uniquely different in that a considerable space has been allotted to wellness, Physiotherapy and rehab, which includes a hydrotherapy pool.

“The clinic is fully IT enabled with laboratory and X-ray facilities linked to our hospital information systems, with images and EMR’s shared across all our four facilities where radiologists at Manama can instantly report on images generated in any of our peripheral clinics.”

New Psychiatric Centre Opened

Earlier this month health minister, Faeqa bint Said Al-Saleh, officially opened the Kingdom’s newest Psychiatric centre.

Located in Orchid Tower, Manama, the new Sulwan Psychiatric Centre will help the country as it continues to battle growing rates of mental illness.

Globally mental health problems are on the rise, as awareness increases and the stigma that prevents people seeking professional helps starts to drop. This has been a particular issue throughout the Gulf, where attitudes can remain old-fashioned - especially amongst men.

Fortunately however this looks to be changing, and the growth of private sector clinics is testament to this fact.

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