Dubai Health Authority launches new neurology, stroke unit

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched a new Neurology and Stroke Unit at Rashid Hospital on Monday.

His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA inaugurated ward 25 along with a number of DHA officials.

The new Neurology and Stroke Unit has an 18-bed capacity and focuses on offering specialised neurology services to the average 20,000 annual visitors (both outpatients and inpatient) the neurology department receives.

Commenting on the opening of the centre, Al Qutami said: “The expansions are in line with the authority’s goals of providing specialised medical care to the community. The DHA strives to continuously develop all medical departments across DHA facilities and ensure that they are equipped with the latest state-of-the art technologies and qualified staff.”

Al Qutami commended businessman Mr Yousef Mohammad Hadi Badri for sponsoring the new unit and contributing to the developmental drive of the health sector in Dubai.

Dr. Abu Baker Al Madani, the Head of the Neurology Department in Rashid Hospital said the Neurology department in Rashid hospital is the largest Neurology service centre in UAE, catering to more than 20,000 patients every year (reaching 22,700 in 2018).

“The department’s scope of services include: emergency service (24/7), outpatient clinics (general and specialised), inpatients including critical care patients, inpatient consultations in Dubai hospital and Latifa hospital, electrophysiological studies, specialised procedures including Botox injections, baclofen pump and DBS programming to name a few,” he said.

In addition, Dr Madani added that the department serves as primary training centre for neurology residents and for periodic training for residents from sister specialties.

“We have dedicated Neurology ward for high and low dependency patients including acute stoke patients and specialised epilepsy monitoring unit. Our inpatient unit receives between 600 to 1,000 patients per year and the most common admissions under neurology service includes acute stroke thrombolysis and intervention, neurological emergencies (including status epilepticus, myasthenic crisis, transverse myelitis, auto immune encephalitis, neuroleptic malignant syndrome etc..).”said Dr Madani

Meanwhile, the department’s outpatient clinics, which receive between 15,000 to 20,000 visits every year includes—in addition to general neurology services—specialized clinics for MS, movement disorders, neuromuscular, epilepsy, dystonia clinic and electrophysiology to name a few.

The neurology department also launched peripheral outreach Headache clinics in Nad Al Hamr and Al Barsha PHCs. Other notable clinics include the telemedicine smart clinic, telephonic clinic, infusion clinic and visiting neurologist clinics, where international experts for MS, Epilepsy, movement disorders and neuromuscular disorders assess selected patients in Rashid hospital. Neurology team provides in-hospital consult for patients requiring neurology evaluation within Rashid hospital, Dubai hospital and Latifa hospital. They provide around 600 to 800 consultations per month.

The department also provides a neurology residency programme and teaching programme for undergraduates from Dubai Medical College to name a few of its academic endeavors.

Among the department’s many achievements is receiving a German stroke society accreditation- for the stroke unit, having ongoing registries for Multiple sclerosis, Neuropathy, headache, movement disorders and epilepsy and establishing a centre of excellence for Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few.

“We are also on the path for establishing centres of excellence for neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, epilepsy and headache,” added Dr Madani.

Dr Al Madani concluded by sharing the departments future plans of establishing a full epilepsy-monitoring unit, provide initial Trans magnetic stimulation for treatment for headache, back and neck pain and depression and provide a fellowship programme for neurophysiology, stroke and multiple sclerosis, to name a few.

This press release was submitted by Dubai Health Authority.
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