Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has expanded its existing cancer screening suite in Leabaib Health Centre.
As a result, breast cancer screening will now take only 20 minutes for each appointment. A second mammogram room is also added doubling the capacity of the screening suite to reach 90 visitors per day and 450 visitors per week.
For bowel screening, the total capacity per day is now significantly higher, as it reaches 96 visitors per day and 480 per week. The appointments are even shorter than those in breast screening clinics since the participant will take the screening kit home where they will do the FIT test. The bowel screening centre will also have two assessment clinics for both men and women with specific opening hours.
Dr Mariam Abdulmalik, managing director of PHCC; Sheikh Dr Mohamed bin Hamad al-Thani, director of the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health; Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, manager of Screening Programmes at PHCC and other officials took part in the opening ceremony.
In the expanded suite, all the steps of screening will take place in the same space. The suite is characterised by a higher capacity that reaches 180 visitors per day, more nurses rooms, more screening rooms and follow up rooms with extended working hours, in addition to separate male and female entrances.
This expansion is part of PHCC’s approach to offer bigger space and increase the screening capacity in the clinics starting with Leabaib Health centre, which will be followed by an expansion plan in Rawdat Al Khail Health centre later in the year.
Dr Abdulmalik, said: “It has been an eventful journey for PHCC in creating awareness in Qatar on the timely screening of breast & bowel cancer where in 2018 we provided breast screening for 7,623 ladies, and bowel screening for 9,351 participants. The programme since its launch in 2016 has screened more than 50,000 people and we are overwhelmed with the amazing response received so far.”
“The expansion strategy of our present screening centers would augur well in encompassing the growth in the number of participants coming for screening and gathering information. It would be replicated for other centres as well to offer ease and convenience to the visitors coming out in larger numbers and helping us in achieving our mission of Healthier Qatar in line with Qatar National Vision 2030,” she added.
Dr Shaikha, said, “PHCC through Screen for Life Programme has been aiming to offer the best screening services for the nation of Qatar and the expansion strategy augurs well towards achieving our mission of screening all the eligible population of Qatar in dedicated suites that apply a very smooth flow. We are confident that the year 2019 will prove to be extremely beneficial in spreading our motive at various parts of Qatar, thereby eventually making it the healthiest region to live in.”
Participants are requested to call the dedicated number 800 1112 to book appointments and they are required to arrive 30 minutes ahead of their appointment. Walk-in is also welcomed.