Over one million visits to Dubai clinics and centres in 2014

DHA has vowed to continue updating services to keep up with rapidly growing demand.

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DUBAI // Specialist treatment clinics and medical centres were visited by more than one million patients last year, Dubai Health Authority figures show.

In 2014, 1,102,336 patients visited clinics at hospitals in Dubai, including Rashid and Latifa hospitals, and Hatta, as well as specialist units including Dubai Diabetes Centre, Thalaessemia Centre, Airport Medical Centre and Dubai Gynecology Centre.

Dr Ahmad Bin Kalban, the chief of hospital services at DHA, said “This is a substantial number and includes outpatients, accident and emergency cases, walk-in visits as well as admissions.”

Improvements to healthcare are being applied under the DHA’s Health Strategy 2013-2025. Most patients (35 per cent) required treatment in Dubai, with 596,953 outpatient visits across all facilities.

Expansion of a new trauma centre is 60 per cent complete and is due to open in June 2015.

Al Jalila Children’s Specialty hospital is another project becoming operational this year.

DHA has vowed to continue updating services to keep up with rapidly growing demand. Construction of new hospitals will take the number of primary healthcare centres to 40 by 2025.

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