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Dubai: The Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital is launching mobile clinics later this year to reach out to sick children who may be unable to come to the hospital.

The two bright red mobile clinics will operate from 8am to 12 midnight seven days a week.

Dr Nazeema Khan-Assad, director of the emergency department at the hospital, told Gulf News: “These mobile clinics are not ambulances. Sometimes its too early in the morning or too late in the evening for parents to bring a sick child to hospital. Such parents can call on our toll free number (800AJCH) and request for a nurse and doctor to visit them in the mobile clinic. Upon receiving the call, a nurse will conduct a triage (to decide the level of sickness) in the child and based on that, decide if the mobile clinic can be of help. In case the child is too sick, the parents will be advised to come to the hospital in an ambulance immediately.”

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Parents can access the mobile clinic by calling toll free number 800AJCH

The clinic has facilities to record vital parameters of the child, and the doctor and nurse who make a visit to the young patients can write out prescriptions and also update the electronic medical record of the child for admission if required. “Our physician will also be able to refer the child to a specialist in the hospital through the mobile clinic. This clinic is just a way to reach out to a sick child whose parents face a challenge to visit the hospital immediately,” explained Dr Khan-Assad.