Abu Dhabi: In cases of an injury or sudden discomfort, patients need to seek emergency care. While all hospitals and medical centres in Abu Dhabi offer some level of emergency care, the kind of incidents each is equipped to deal with may vary.
Abu Dhabi’s health regulator, the Department of Health, has therefore been engaged in a process of classifying emergency care departments across health facilities, and providing them with the appropriate certifications. These certifications ensure that emergency care units have the required personnel, equipment and approaches to deal with the kind of emergencies.
Emergency care units are currently being classified into two types: Emergency Departments or EDs, and Urgent Care Centres.
Where are the Emergency Departments in Abu Dhabi located?
Abu Dhabi: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, NMC Royal Hospital, Burjeel Hospital
Al Ain: Al Ain Hospital, Tawam Hospital
Al Dhafra: Madinat Zayed Hospital, Al Ruwais Hospital
What is the difference between an Emergency Department and an Urgent Care Centre?
Emergency Departments are staffed by qualified emergency care physicians round-the-clock, who are further supported by a range of specialists, and equipment for medical resuscitation, surgery and intensive care. These units offer the highest quality of emergency care services.
Urgent Care Centres are available in all public and private medical centres and hospitals in Abu Dhabi, and offer care on a walk-in basis.
When should I visit an Emergency Department?
People suffering from acute, life-threatening conditions should visit Emergency Departments.
These are the symptoms that require care at an Emergency Department:
Severe chest pain
Loss of consciousness
Heavy blood loss
When should I visit an Urgent Care Centre?
Patients suffering from minor illness can visit Urgent Care Centre.
These are the symptoms that require care at an Urgent Care Centre:
Initial check-up and stabilisation