Abu Dhabi Health Department authority has taken a unique decision to reduce the crowding at emergency units of hospitals in Abu Dhabi. According to the officials, the new step will ensure immediate attention to emergency patients. As 90 percent of patients visiting emergency care units of Abu Dhabi hospitals are non-emergency cases.
The Department of Health has categorized the hospital’s emergency departments into two sections, Urgent Care Units, and Emergency Units. On Wednesday, the officials had a press conference where they announced that there will be eight Emergency Units and 48 Urgent Care Units in public and private hospitals as per new rules across the emirate.
To get immediate attention, often many patients especially youngsters go to emergency units said the officials. Mohammad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of the department said that a 2010 survey found that around 90 percent of 300,000 patients who visited at the emergency unit were non-emergency cases.
“The new model for healthcare facilities’ Emergency Departments in the Emirate will meet patients’ requirements and medical needs more efficiently, by identifying and providing appropriate and safe emergency care services,” he said.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Al Mafraq Hospital, Al Rahba Hospital, Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, Tawam Hospital, Madinat Zayed Hospital, Al Ain Hospital, and NMC Royal Hospital are the eight emergency departments.
Matar Saeed Al Nuaimi, the director of Emergency & Disaster Management Division at the department stated, “These facilities have emergency physicians on 24/7-duty with state-of-the-art equipment used for emergency resuscitation, surgery, and 24 hour-access to intensive care facilities.”
Dr. Ayesha Al Memari, Chair of Department, Accident and Emergency Services advised the people that the patients who are suffering from acute, life-threatening conditions should visit emergency care departments and those patients with minor illness and injuries should visit Urgent Unit Cares.

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