Abu Dhabi: The capital has recently witnessed the renovation of several primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in order to reduce patient waiting time.

Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, is temporarily closing its Roudha PHC for six months and plans to increase the number of examination rooms and add new facilities and equipment.

"We have already renovated Al Khaleej, Al Madina and Al Zafaranah PHC clinics and patients have begun to experience shorter waiting periods and to enjoy the benefits of having the full range of services such as laboratory, pharmacy and a radiology department in one location," said Dr Reinhold Bernat, PHC Director at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City.

The clinic currently has ten examination rooms, but after renovation it will have 16 equipped with new technology and healthcare services.

Renovation and upgrading of the facilities in the PHC is due to be completed today.

During this transitional period, patients are encouraged to seek medical care at any alternate centre.

The number of doctors, nurses and clerical staff will increase in the current PHCs to handle the inflow of patients and to help reduce patient waiting time.

"The renovation project planned for Al Roudha Clinic is part of the overall strategy for improving the whole primary healthcare system we have at SKMC. Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment and less congestion for the patients," said Bernat.