Abu Dhabi: Al Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi will set up new premises in the capital city at a cost of Dh2 billion in conjunction with Bumrungrad International Hospital, Thailand.

The decision was taken after authorities found out that a large number of the UAE nationals were travelling all the way to Bangkok for medical treatment. More than 70,000 Emiratis travelled this year to Bangkok to seek medical assistance at Bumrungrad Hospital.

Al Mafraq Hospital under the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has already signed an agreement with the Bumrungrad management to manage the facility, which is expected to be complete by 2012.

Five new Bumrungrad staff members are already on board in Al Mafraq.

Quality control

"We will focus on multi-disciplinary quality control, improve customer service for patients and ensure that a dedicated team of doctors cater to patient needs in a timely fashion," said Clyde Eder, chief executive officer, Bumrungrad Hospital.

Dr Mohammad Yaman, chief medical officer, Al Mafraq Hospital, told Gulf News among the services to be offered in the new premises are morbid obesity surgery, a Trauma Programme, retina surgery, a glaucoma section and a burn unit.