Patients will be able to access emergency treatment at only eight hospitals in Abu Dhabi after the government introduced a health service shake-up to drive up standards.
Ambulance services have been instructed to transport patients requiring emergency care to only the specified medical facilities. The eight hospitals are Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Al Mafraq Hospital, Al Rahba Hospital, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Tawam Hospital, Madinat Zayed Hospital, Al Ain Hospital, and NMC Royal Hospital.
The revamp involves health facilities being divided into Emergency Care Departments and Urgent Care Centres. The series of inspections by the department found that some facilities did not have a certified emergency doctor on hand or employed unqualified triage nurses.
The signage at the eight hospitals will be changed to reflect the new status. Health chiefs have set out standards of care that hospitals must reach to receive emergency care department status.
The Department of Health confirmed that more seriously ill or injured patients should attend emergency departments, while those with less serious ailments should go to urgent care centres.