The American Hospital Dubai has opened an Advanced Rehabilitation Unit at its Dubai campus, to provide specialty care for patients requiring long-term care for serious conditions such as stroke or spinal cord injuries. The unit combines high-tech and high-touch to optimize the expertize of a multidisciplinary team. The holistic approach ensures care for the patient and their loved ones to help patients through their recovery and return to the highest possible quality of life and work.
The new unit was formally inaugurated today 7th March 2016, with senior representatives of Dubai Health Authority in attendance, as well as management and physicians from the hospital.
The new Advanced Rehabilitation Unit is a dedicated facility located in the hospital’s new Bed Tower. With a total of 22 private rooms, the unit provides patient-centric therapy and comprehensive patient care under one roof. The multidisciplinary team consists of more than 20 staff, including a physician specialist in neurological and spinal cord injuries, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and full-time specialty nurses.
Rehabilitation is often needed to support patients after a massive stroke, for example, when the body may have lost half its normal functions affecting mobility, speech or resulting in significant brain damage. The aim is to get the patient back into the family home and community, living life as normally as possible. Rehabilitation includes intensive patient focus, and working with family members and other care providers, to help them adapt and support the patient.
Dr. Nazakat Hussain, Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at the American Hospital Dubai, commented: “Rehabilitation is a long-term commitment and our team has the experience and compassion to work with patients and families to adapt to these life-changing situations. Rehabilitation is still formative in the Middle East. The American Hospital Dubai’s new unit will provide much-needed care to patients, who may face severely reduced mobility, speech or other bodily functions. These patients were not previously able to access this standard of care locally and had to travel outside the region. The American Hospital Dubai is already receiving patient referrals from our immediate region and beyond;”
The outcomes for rehabilitation patients can be very good. Life expectancy for patients with these seriously debilitating conditions can be normal. However, specialty care is required long-term. The good news is that patients can live fully productive lives. With the right level of expert support and care, these patients can enjoy a high quality life involving favourite activities, and memorable times spent with loved ones.
“Rehabilitation is all about the hands-on compassionate care of an expert team of therapists, as they guide the patient in relearning skills and training them for a return to as-near normal life as possible, with the support of families/carers, in the community,” added Dr. Hussain.