Friday, June 17, 2022 – 12:40 p.m.
ABU DHABI, June 17 / WAM / Sheikh Khalifa Medical City announced the launch of the integrated pediatric rheumatology services to provide high quality musculoskeletal care services to adolescents, children and their families in the heart of the capital Abu Dhabi.
Specialists in rheumatology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City will provide additional services in addition to the comprehensive care provided to children in the hospital, while improving access to high-quality pediatric rheumatology treatment in Abu Dhabi.
Rheumatology focuses on the study and treatment of diseases that affect muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. A global study indicates that rheumatic diseases in children are rare, and long-term inflammatory cases of the musculoskeletal system affect approximately one child out of every thousand children.
Pediatric rheumatology is a specialty in constant development that often requires a lot of collaboration and work with almost all other specialties, confirming the need for hospitals to provide comprehensive and integrated care under one roof.
Dr. Zubaida Al-Ismaili, acting deputy director of medical affairs at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, said pediatric arthritis is an area of constant change that is rich in academic, clinical and research opportunities.
She added, “Rheumatology is often a secondary condition with other diseases, and rheumatologists are collaborating with all other specialties, and in view of the growing demand and to ensure easy access for children and their families to care, we are announcing the allocation of a full-time physician to provide these specialized services close to patients’ homes. ”
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City provides pediatric rheumatology services in the following facilities: “inpatient wards, pediatric intensive care unit”, “specialized outpatient clinics” and “daily intravenous perfusion centers.” Pediatric Services in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City includes seven wards and 86 beds for children and 20 beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Kamran Mahmoud, chief pediatric rheumatologist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, said: “Our clinic is working with our existing pediatric services to improve the high quality medical care we provide to children and make it more accessible with the aim of facilitating rapid and accurate diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with disorders.
She added, “We seek to design and deliver interdisciplinary services for patients with complex disorders that require services from multiple specialties, in addition to offering education, awareness and training to pediatric residents on arthritis disorders and establishing research projects on these disorders in the UAE.”
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