Abu Dhabi: Residents looking to avail of advanced diagnosis and management for diabetes, blood disorders and infectious diseases can now visit the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), which opened its Medical Subspecialities Institute today (April 5).

The unit is also specialised in dealing with other conditions prevalent among Abu Dhabi residents, including arthritis and thyroid conditions. Its opening is part of a gradual process to make all areas of care available to residents by the end of May.

Dr Hussain Saadi, chief of the Institute at the CCAD, said it will provide coordinated treatment across a spectrum of medical specialities that are in line with the emirate’s most pressing health-care needs.

“Our multidisciplinary approach brings together specialised physicians. As a result, patients will be treated by a dedicated team that will develop and manage a medical plan suited to their specific needs,” he added.

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is part of a growing network of medical facilities in the emirate by investment and development company Mubadala. It is expected to boost the capital’s health-care landscape by focusing on highly specialised care for cardiovascular, neurological, ophthalmological, respiratory and digestive conditions.

When fully functional, the hospital will offer more than 30 medical and surgical specialities. It will boast 175 physicians, and over 1,000 nurses and allied health professionals.

The Medical Subspecialities Institute is the second unit to open at CCAD. Last month, its Eye Institute, which offers treatment for various ophthalmological conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, corneal diseases and diabetes-related retinal illnesses, commenced operations.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi officials told Gulf News that the hospital is currently accepting Emirati patients, who have access to Thiqa insurance, as well as some enhanced insurance plans provided by the National Health Insurance Company (Daman). Talks are ongoing with other companies to offer coverage to patients under more medical insurance plans.Treatment for digestive, pain management, neurological, dermatological and cardiovascular conditions will soon be made available. In fact, the hospital’s emergency department is expected to be the last to open up. Officials have also stressed that outside of its Eye Institute, the facility will only provide care to patients over 14 years of age. In addition, it will not offer treatment for orthopaedic, obstetric and gynaecological conditions, or function as a trauma centre.

Instead, the aim is to deliver care within the UAE for complex conditions that typically require patients to travel abroad.