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$2bn Sidra to be ready next May

May 2011

CONSTRUCTION of Qatar’s Sidra Medical and Research Centre will be completed in May next year, according to news reports.

There are two tracks of activity at this current stage – the construction of the facility and the detailed planning for the clinical services and research to be conducted, according to Saad Al Muhannadi, the vice-president of Capital Project and Facilities Management at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

He said that the construction and equipping of the hospital will cost around QR8 billion ($2 billion), adding that several milestones have already been achieved.

The initial clinical planning for the centre was completed in late 2005, the architectural design announced in early 2007, and Sidra’s schematic design was completed in the summer of 2008.

The hospital is designed to contain 550 beds in total, but in the first stage there will be only 390 beds.

The project team is now engaged in planning the intricate details of a variety of different functional areas. These range from information technology and administrative processes to determining the extensive equipment requirements and planning for the delivery of future clinical services. Detailed planning for a wide variety of support services such as digital imaging and radiology, computerised pharmacy, laboratory, food services, laundry, materials management, security and housekeeping, is also reaching an advanced stage.

Sidra currently comprises 147 full-time and interim health consultants. The project team is expected to grow to approximately 270 prior to the hospital opening for service.

It is expected that once Sidra opens in late 2012, it will employ more than 4,500 clinicians, technologists, biomedical researchers and support staff. It will also serve as an educational centre for Cornell University students.

Sidra is also a research centre, and much of its investment will be directed towards research. The research will focus mainly on diabetes, particularly in children.

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