More prudent allocation of resources is driving an uptick in the number of specialist facilities that reflect the needs of Sharjah's population, driving up standards across the board.

Dr. Arif Nooryani
CEO & Head of Cardiac Centre
Al Qassimi Hospital

There are so many new hospitals and centers sprouting up, and, of course, we are witnessing population growth. The private sector is quite active nowadays and I am impressed by how many new centers opened in the last year in Sharjah alone. We have so many new cath labs, hospitals, and facilities providing health services, and that is certainly something that we should aim for. We are really improving our services, the number of patients has increased, and services have been more accurately provided. We are now starting a full body scan, which will help to give more diagnoses. Incorporating new technologies in accident and emergency is part of developing our service delivery in the hospital. We have expanded the number of beds, with 45 nurses and about 15 extra doctors in addition to the 12 existing doctors. The direction today is to have a specialized center for cardiac or renal specialties. This more prudent allocation of resources will help limit budgetary issues. We do not rely heavily on external resources; we believe we should be able to deal with our resources internally, and that is what we have been doing in recent years. The quality is improving and certainly we are not providing the same healthcare service we did 10 years ago.

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Michael Stroud
University Hospital Sharjah

The key behind the success of any hospital is patient satisfaction, which is driven by the quality of the healthcare professionals providing the service. As a patient, you expect to be treated professionally and the management of your condition discussed with you following best practice and evidence-based medicine to achieve the best possible outcomes. Unfortunately, in the Middle East, people are late in identifying symptoms early, and the outcome is a lower survival rate because the cancer has already spread. Unless we can persuade people to present symptoms early then our job becomes very difficult. This is where the role primary care is growing in developing strategies to help prevent disease rather than the traditional model of disease management. In the UAE there are few rehabilitation and nursing home units to cope with the increasing problem of an aging population. This results in the elderly patient being cared for in acute hospitals when they should be in long-term facilities. We work on a rolling five-year rolling plan, which is revised annually taking into consideration the growth of the population and epidemiology trends so that we are developing services to meet the needs of the population. Hence, UHS will continue to expand the services it provides with a major focus on women & children's services, cardio-vascular disease and cancer over the next few years.

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Taher Shams
Managing Director
Zulekha Hospitals

We have done well since we launched this hospital as a new facility. We doubled our capacity, of course with the mandate and help of Sharjah government and especially the Ruler and the Crown Prince. Sharjah has been allowing a lot of medical centers to be built and this is how everyone graduates, from small training in a medical center and then to a hospital and so on. Today, many medical centers are opening, but in the near future there will be more hospitals, and from there specialty hospitals. In the UAE there are a lot of lifestyle diseases such as cardiology related diseases and diabetes. To boost FDI my recommendation would be to lease land for cheaper to allow more players to enter the industry and allow existing players to grow. In Sharjah, we have expanded plot by plot and this is how we have grown in our community. In terms of expansion within the hospital, we are creating a center of excellence. We want to be the best and provide end-to-end services so that our patients do not have to leave the premises. With our expanded Sharjah and Dubai facilities everything can be done under one roof. We are also building a 210-bed cancer hospital that will be ready to launch in August 2016 in Nagpur, India.

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