Dubai: The demand for rehabilitation from post-surgery patients in the UAE, and the lack of capacity in existing hospitals to provide a full range of rehabilitation treatments has been addressed with the soft opening on Wednesday of the Dubai Rehabilitation Centre (DRC), the country’s first multi-disciplinary rehabilitation unit.
The concept of such a short-stay facility is in line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and will encourage patients to seek full recovery treatment in the country.
The DRC, part of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), will be inaugurated shortly. It will cater to all categories of post-surgery cases – of patients 14 years and above - including those related to accidents, disability, sports injury, prosthetics, and geriatric care.
With a capacity of 30 in-patient and 80-120 out-patient cases per day, the medical and therapeutic services will be managed by Bobath Memorial Hospital, Korea, a specialised medical centre with extensive experience in multi-disciplinary rehabilitation.
Speaking to Gulf News, Dr Mohammad Ali Al Swaini, acting director of the DRC, and clinical and administrative coordinator of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Rashid Hospital, said that the new centre is a step forward in creating a full rehabilitation system in the UAE.
“We have a situation in UAE hospitals with post-surgery patients seeking different kinds of rehabilitation services. When a patient undergoes an operation, the hospital handles the post-operative or acute stage. Once stable, the patient needs rehabilitation to be functionally independent. Our goal is to speed up the patient’s independence and full recovery. The new centre will incorporate a full spectrum of rehabilitation modalities,” he said.
Dr Al Swaini explained that many confuse rehabilitation with physiotherapy. “It is a misnomer. Physiotherapy is only one part of rehabilitation which has modalities like physiatry [physical rehabilitation]; neurology; internal medicine; psychology; geriatric care; prosthetics; and occupational, hydro, speech and dietary therapies. So through rehabilitation, we can treat patients suffering from trauma, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.”
He added the centre also extends services to patients, especially physically disabled, seeking adaptive technologies for themselves and their environment.
Dr Sung-min Park, chief director of Bobath Memorial Hospital and neurologist, told Gulf News that that the hospital’s core strength in rehabilitation has been recognised by the DHA, and that a 12-member team of specialists comprising doctors and therapists will be available at the DRC. “Our Bobath therapy programmes and concepts are well established, and we hope to bring the same expertise here. We’ve been working on this project for the past year and a half so we hope for the best outcome,” he said.