Ambulatory Healthcare Services

The mission of Ambulatory Healthcare Services is to provide all Abu Dhabi residents with access to quality ambulatory healthcare appropriate to their needs and conditions.


Background

The concept of ambulatory healthcare services is to provide a wide range of treatment and facilities for patients who are not admitted overnight to a hospital. These services are generally available at outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, ambulatory or same-day surgery centers, diagnostic and imaging centers, primary care centers, community health centers, occupational health centers, mental health clinics, and group practices.

Advances in science and technology mean that the healthcare needs of most of the population can be managed at outpatient level. And with its extensive network of healthcare facilities, SEHA HealthSystem’s Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS) enables hospitals to focus on their core expertise of tertiary care management.

AHS operates more than 24 ambulatory and primary healthcare clinics, seeking to bridge the comprehensive healthcare facilities provided by Government hospitals and the personalized care and attention given by the private sector. The four AHS subsidiaries are Ambulatory Care Centers (ACCs), Disease Prevention & Screening Centers (DPSCs), School Health Services (SHS) and Mobile Clinic Solutions (MCS). School Health Services encompass 298 school clinics, higher education and university clinics, and a private schools’ vaccination program.

Healthcare prevention and education is also delivered in the outpatient environment through the widespread AHS facilities available throughout Abu Dhabi’s Middle and Eastern Medical Regions.

The Middle Region handles an average of 33,770 patient visits per month, with a professional staff of 116 physicians and 236 nurses and paramedics. Eastern Region averages 44,888 visits and has 117 physicians and almost 296 nurses/paramedics.

With 40 physicians and 160 nurses/paramedics, Disease Prevention and Screening deals with an average of 78,184 monthly visits.

About 80 percent of all AHS patient visits are primary care consultations with the balance being specialty consultations. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease comprise most of chronic disease cases managed in the clinic network.


Achievements in 2010

  • Khalifa A Clinic received JCI accreditation.
  • Three new mobile clinics have been deployed to reach population groups outside the clinic setting and support school programs.
  • The new Disease Prevention and Screening facility at Mussafah opened for workers seeking visa screening.
  • The new Occupational Health Clinic at the Abu Dhabi Disease Prevention and Screening facility has opened to cater for corporate and industry clients.
  • Specialty Services have expanded with the appointment of obstetric-gynecology, pediatric surgical, and dermatology specialists in major clinic facilities.
  • AHS won the Arab Health Award 2010 for Human Resource Development.
  • Emirati executives (nine) and senior expatriates (seven) concluded the 18-month Executive Leadership Program in collaboration with Abu Dhabi University.
  • AHS carried out a health screening program for Grades 1, 5, and 9 at Government and private schools.
  • Six clinics (Sweihan, Hili, Mafraq Dental, Shahama, Remah, and Maqam) completed renovation work during 2010.
  • The new mobile clinic service – introduced during the first quarter of 2010 – continued to support major public events during the second half of the year, such as the Abu Dhabi Formula I Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Health Congress.
  • AHS will use these mobile clinics to serve remote areas outside the Al Gharbia Region that have difficulty in accessing healthcare facilities, and to bring healthcare services to users at public events, company sites, and schools.
  • The Mammography unit at Khalifa A Clinic is recognized and accredited by the Advanced Health Education Center (AHEC) from the United States of America as a center for screening and diagnostic mammography and for the training of outside mammographers by two AHS certified Supervising Mammographers.

Services offered at SEHA Ambulatory Health Services include:

  • Family Medicine Services
  • Dental Healthcare Services
  • Maternal and Child Healthcare Services
  • Urgent Care
  • Occupational Health and Screening Services
  • Comprehensive Laboratory Test
  • X-ray and Ultrasound Services
  • Breast Examination and Mammography Services
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Treadmill Stress Test
  • Physical Therapy
  • Minor Surgical Procedures
  • Home Health Care



Staff (FTEs)
Total 1,861
Doctors 287
Nursing 720
Paramed 381
Administration/support 473

Residents screened for visa purposes

778,870