DUBAI, 3rd September, 2018 (WAM) — King’s College Hospital London in the UAE,KCH, officially opened the doors of its Marina Medical Centre on Monday, the first facility with British NHS standards to be located in Dubai Marina.
The centre was inaugurated by Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, and Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of King’s College Hospital London in the UAE, in presence of high-level officials.
Al Qutami highlighted that the growth of the healthcare sector in Dubai is driven by a population rise and an increase in private health infrastructure.
He said that investment in the private health sector has witnessed sustained growth and that DHA recently launched a health investment strategy 2017-2020, with an aim to promote Dubai as a viable and competitive hub for need-based investment in healthcare. The strategy aims to guide and support investors to build sustainable public-private partnership models in healthcare in Dubai.
Al Qutami said that the DHA is keen to support private sector investment and such reputed healthcare providers with decades of experience and expertise in the medical sector, which help provide the population in Dubai with high-quality health services.
Alongside the new home for KCH, the newly appointed CEO, Christian Schuhmacher, announced KCH’s plans on providing international standards of care and focussing on primary healthcare as frontline care.
Christian Schuhmacher stated, “The culture of King’s is to provide the best of British healthcare by complying to UK evidence-based care.
Schuhmacher said, “We are fervent advocates of evidence-based healthcare, and are proud to bring this ethos of care to the community in Dubai Marina.”
Ahmed Al Tayer, Chairman of King’s College Hospital London in the UAE, added, “By bringing in this new Centre to Dubai Marina, we are one step closer to helping the UAE achieve a world-class healthcare system. This is just the start for KCH as we continue our expansion with our upcoming 100-bed hospital in Dubai Hills that will provide integrated pathways into King’s in London. For example, clinical services like Foetal Medicine will draw on experience from the Institute of Foetal Medicine in London.”
The new facility brings KCH’s UAE footprint to a total of three Medical Centres.