Women’s hospitals bring more choice

Patients looking for women’s and child services are being urged to widen their horizon beyond Corniche Hospital when looking for healthcare in Abu Dhabi.

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ABU DHABI // New facilities dedicated to women’s and children’s health are expected to ease the strain on existing facilities in the emirate, health chiefs say.

United Eastern Medical Services in Abu Dhabi will open Danat Al Emarat early next year. The BrightPoint Royal Women’s Hospital opened earlier this year.

The chief executive officers of both facilities urged patients to look beyond Corniche Hospital for women’s and children’s services.

“Danat Al Emarat Hospital has been initiated with the aim of bridging the market gap in medical services available for women and children in the emirate of Abu Dhabi,” said chief executive Lee Cheow Seng.

“The hospital will offer a comprehensive range of services for women and children, providing the residents of the emirate [with] alternative options when seeking specialised medical care.

“It is expected to ease the strain on current medical providers due to the shortage of specialised healthcare facilities, while catering to an ever-growing demand in areas such as obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, neonatology, and other sub-specialities,” said Mr Lee.

Dr B R Shetty, founder and chief executive of NMC Healthcare, said BrightPoint Royal Women’s Hospital would also help to increase services.

“Although women have traditionally looked to Corniche Hospital for these needs, a recent study has shown a shortfall of up to 600 beds for both normal deliveries and C-sections in the emirate,” he said.

“Brightpoint was brought to life to help reduce the acute shortage of beds for maternity care and provide a premium luxury service that was lacking in the market, where women can enjoy a caring, emotionally supportive, homelike atmosphere.”

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