WAM Abu Dhabi, 23rd Nov. 2013 (WAM): The Abu Dhabi General Services (Musanada) has announced that the construction of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) Dialysis Centre will begin imminently. This development has been commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). Construction will commence following the approval of the Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and its official adoption of the project.
Once completed, the project will provide dialysis treatment services for residents of Abu Dhabi city and its surroundings through a state-of-the-art facility, which has been designed in accordance with the highest engineering standards. This will guarantee the provision of a world-class level of service to patients suffering from kidney failure, who require durable dialysis on a regular basis.
Mohamed Khalifa Al-Fahed Al-Mehairi, CEO of Musanada, stated: “The centre will include 66 kidney dialysis units when completed, in addition to other departments, visitors’ services and a sufficient number of parking lots, as well as internal and external green spaces.” He continued: “For the implementation of the project, Musanada has contracted with Al Fara’a General Contracting and awarded the project to them. It is expected that the construction, equipment and furniture works of the SKMC Dialysis Centre will take around 18 months to complete. It is anticipated that the completion of the construction and delivery of the facility to SEHA for launch and operation will be carried out in the second quarter of 2016.” “The centre enjoys a strategic location in the heart of Abu Dhabi city, and it is easily accessible from various surrounding areas,” explained Al-Mehairi.
According to Carl Stanifer, the CEO of SEHA, “the provision of the SKMC Dialysis Centre will incorporate the latest high-quality medical technologies and devices, which will contribute to the provision of world-class medical care to patients. The centre has also been designed to deal with the expected increase in population in the coming years. The new centre will also reduce maintenance costs and provide a number of requisite administrative support services, including meeting rooms and parking lots.” Stanifer added: “The centre will bolster other dialysis centres operating in Abu Dhabi, including Al Mafraq Dialysis Centre, which consists of 66 units, and Tawam Dialysis Centre, with 99 units. Once in service, the centre will operate over three shifts per day instead of two, according to current planning, in order to meet the projected patient load, which is expected to be huge.” He pointed out that SEHA has contracted exclusively with Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services, the world’s largest provider of integrated dialysis services, in order to manage all of SEHA’s dialysis centres. This will contribute to the provision of the finest medical services in the UAE for patients with chronic kidney failure.
The SKMC Dialysis Centre has been designed according to sustainability criteria that take into account the reduction of energy and water consumption, and which also make full usage of the sun’s rays. Furthermore, the design was produced according to the latest international medical standards, and will thus provide an ideal environment for healing and comforting the sick. The privacy and traditions of the UAE were also simultaneously taken into account during the construction of the facility.
The centre extends over an area of nearly 7,000 square metres of buildings, in addition to green spaces and parking lots.