June 05,2012

Mafraq Hospital Laboratory approaches the two Million Test Mark as Lab Week launches

Mafraq Hospital, owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), today showcased its contribution to the UAE healthcare sector by participating in Laboratory Professionals Week - a branch of an international initiative that is celebrated by laboratory professionals across the world - running from May 27th-31st. With nearly two million tests performed in 2011 - 30 per cent of which provided results within one hour - the facility is considered one of the primary clinical laboratories in the region.

With an estimated250 medical students and healthcare professionals expected to attend, the professional development week is an event dedicated to pathology specialists and their work. The event this year focuses on diabetesawareness and has been designed to showcase the achievements of the Emirate's state-of-the-art facilities, best-in-class staff and commitment to patient care.

Dr. Mohamed Yaman, Chief Medical Officer Mafraq Hospital, commented: "The Mafraq Hospital Pathology Department prides itself on the expertise of its staff team, quick turnaround and cost effective approaches to the highest quality of patient care. We set a benchmark across the region for accuracy, accessibility, timeliness, safety, economy, communication of results and patient satisfaction.

"We are delighted to be participating in this SEHA-led initiative which recognises the contribution and dedication of pathology practitioners to the wider healthcare sector. Lab professionals often work behind the scenes; few people are aware of the critical and highly technical work they perform on a daily basis. These tests are of the outmost importance to our day to day operations at the hospital; they save lives, reduce morbidity, decrease patient stays in hospital, and help to control the cost of care."

A range of activities and events have been scheduled to run throughout the week, including an open house and tour of the laboratories, a film screening of a Mafraq-produced and directed feature on the organisation's lab staff, a glucose testing booth, a diabetes education sectionand a unique ‘Meet the Pathologist' feature where interesting cases and issues are discussed between physicians and lab pathologists. Each activity has been specially designed to offer participants an engaging and hands-on overview of the department.

"This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to all SEHA hospital employees and community members the vast contributions of laboratory professionals and their commitment to patient care in the emirate of Abu Dhabi," says Mr. Carl Stanifer, Chief Executive Officer, SEHA.

This is the first year that multiple SEHA facilities will collaborate on the initiative; Mafraq Hospital will be participating along with Al Ain Hospital, Al Rahba Hospital, and Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre (SKMC).The unification of SEHA laboratories marks the beginning of a campaign introduced by the SEHA Clinical Support Service Laboratory Council to connect hospital professionals with the public.

The Mafraq Hospital Laboratory is staffed with a total of 115 lab professionals, including pathologists, senior clinical scientists, supervisors, technologists, technicians and phlebotomists.