One of the largest hospitals in the UAE has officially opened its doors to the general public in Abu Dhabi.
The Shaikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) has been labelled as one of the most advanced hospitals in the country and wants to position itself as the main trauma centre as patients and emergency services will not have far to travel to get there.
It is set to replace the Mafraq hospital which is situated on the outskirts of the capital city and patients will be transferred over to the SSMC.
The new hospital has 741 beds and spans across 30,000 square metres in the Al Mafraq area. It has four towers with seven floors, a two-storey outpatient building and an administrative building.
It also has eight operating rooms, four wings and a surgical robot which will allow doctors to perform complex procedures.
The facility is run by the public healthcare provider known as the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company.
The hospital has begun to open in phases and the first phase on November 3 opened the cardiology, adult neurology, ENT, gastroenterology, haematology and ophthalmology sectors.
Three quarters of the hospital will be open by the start of 2020, with an initial staff of 3,000.
Many of the SSMC employees will come from the Mafraq hospital but recruitment is still underway.
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