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Armed Forces Hospital Salalah Oman

MUSCAT — Work on a new 700-bedded hospital to replace the existing Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah in the southern Dhofar region will begin early next year.

Being planned as a world-class facility with all the latest amenities, the project will consist of adult and paediatric emergency services, physiotherapy and nuclear medicine departments, dietary services and pharmacies, besides several inpatient and outpatient wards and observation and day-care units, health ministry officials said.

The five-storey hospital will come up on an area of 200,000 square metres and has been designed to incorporate any vertical expansion proposed in the future, Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Mashiakhi, Director-General of Health Affairs in the Dhofar governorate, said.

Describing the project as a “qualitative leap in terms of health care”, he said the new referral hospital would provide the most advanced services in internal medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, ENT, psychiatry, physiotherapy, paediatric surgery, urology, neurosurgery, reconstruction and burns, dentistry, dermatology and accident and emergency.

“The hospital will be provided with ultra-modern medical equipment and professional staff to offer high quality health care services,” he added.

Speaking about other major projects coming up and planned in the governorate, Mashiakhi said work on a new cardiac centre and MRI unit was now 60 per cent complete.

“The cardiac centre will save a lot of time and effort for patients and their companions who now have to travel to Muscat for treatment,” he added.

Meanwhile, construction of the Salalah West Health Centre has now been completed. Installation of equipment is in progress and the centre will start functioning later this year.

Also due for opening soon is a new delivery unit at the Thumrait Health Centre.