SAUDI ARABIA HOSPITALS
AL-HADA - TAIF
Profile of Prince Sultan Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre
Profile of King Khalid National Guard Hospital
Profile of King Fahad National Guard Hospital
Profile of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital
Profile of Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre
Profile of Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital
Profile of North West Armed Forces Hospital
The Al-Hada/Taif Hospital Project comprises four medical care facilities:
Al-Hada hospital, the Taif Rehabilitation Centre, and two primary care outpatients clinics. These facilities are collectively referred to as HHRC (Al Hada Hospital Rehabilitation Centre) and are administered by the Medical Services Department (MSD) of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defence and Aviation (MODA).
Al Hada Hospital is a 400 bed acute care facility located in Al Hada Valley, about 10 miles northwest of Taif. The Rehabilitation Centre is a 100 bed facility located in the city of Taif, about a 120 minute drive from Al Hada Hospital. The two primary care clinics are situated on opposite sides of the Taif Airbase (some 12/15 miles northwest of Taif), close to the commercial airport. One is known as the Residential Clinic and the other as the Airbase Clinic.
These hospitals and clinics serve members of the Royal Family as well as uniformed military personnel, their dependents, other entitled personnel. Each year, in the summer, the Royal Family and the Government of Saudi Arabia move from Riyadh, the nation's capital, to the cooler mountain climate of Taif. With Taif this serving as the unofficial "Summer Capital" of Saudi Arabia, the new Al Hada Hospital has developed special capabilities to provide medical services for the Royal Family in addition to serving MODA's military and other entitled personnel.
All four HHRC facilities opened in June 1980. Initial services provided at the Al Hada Hospital include M/S, obstetrics, paediatrics, ENT, orthopaedics, outpatient services, ICU/CCU, and Infant ICU. These services have been expanded regularly in the past three years and new departments have been added, including haemodialysis, a burn centre, CT full body scanning, cardio angiography, and others.
Al Hada Hospital is programmed to specialise in reconstructive surgery, burn treatment, plastic surgery, cornea transplantation and advanced medical services for eye treatment. Referrals between the hospital and rehabilitation centre provide patients with the appropriate care and treatment for their recovery period and subsequent return to normal activities.
Al Hada Valley lies on the Western more precipitous edge of the Hijaz escarpment at an elevation of some 2,100 metres (nearly 7,000). Taif is 16 kms (10 miles) down a southeastern slope of the range and is about 6,000 feet in elevation. Newcomers, especially those how have been living at sea level, generally experience some shortness of breath, listlessness and headaches until their bodies adjust to the higher altitude.
The mountains are rocky and semi-barren, although there are pockets of fairly dense growth. Among the more common flowers and trees found in this area are gladiolus, violets. Acacia, cypress and juniper. Porcupine, baboons, goats and of course, camels are the area's prevalent animals.
Taif if about 160 kms (100 miles) east and a little south of Jeddah and 88 kms (55 miles) above Mecca. One section of the Jeddah-Taif highway bypasses Mecca, which only Muslims may enter. Riyadh is 900 kms (560 miles) northeast of Taif. The drive from Jeddah to Taif can take anything from 2 to 2 ½ or three hours. At the summit you enter Al Hada Valley and thus see Al Hada Hospital before Taif when you make the drive up the mountain from Jeddah.
The current year round population of Taif is estimated at 220,000, a figure that may well double during the summer months, when Taif serves as the Kingdom's capital and most popular resort for Saudis seeking relief from the heat below.
Summer temperatures in the Taif area generally range from 17 or 18C (62-64F) to 31 or 32C (88-90F). Winters here are also mild with temperatures ranging from 14C (57F) to around 25C (79F). There is a clear, rarified atmosphere and the humidity is normally quite low in spite of some rainfall.
The map shows the relative locations of Al Hada Hospital, the Rehabilitation Centre, and the two Airbase clinics. It is a drive of 15 to 20 minutes from Al Hada Hospital to the Rehabilitation Centre and another 10 to 15 minutes ride from Rehab to the centre town. The Airbase clinics are nearly 20 miles northeast of Taif, about half and hour's drive from either downtown or the Rehab Centre.
Taif is a mountain town, nestled within the canyons and gorges of the rugged Hujaz range. It is a genuine mountain oasis with cool, clean air, breathtaking landscape, grand sunrises and sunsets.
There are some nice, stately areas: tree-lined, paved streets dividing magnificent walled in villa estates, smartly uniformed guards at their gates. A number of truly handsome government buildings enhance the city and in the centre of the town there is a great new mosque, which has become one of the top architectural landmarks in all Saudi Arabia.
You don't feel the internationalism here that predominates the atmosphere of a Jeddah or the East meets West sensation that permeates Dhahran or Al Khobar. Here you sense that you have truly entered the inner Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the house of Saudi.
This stems partially from the fact that during the summer months, Taif actually is the House of Saudi. King Fahd and his family, the head of the government Ministries, most of whom are Princes (brothers, half-brothers, first cousins), all spend the summer months on Taif's cool mountains, high above the scorching dry heat of the desert below or the torrid, muggy heat of the coastal towns.
The King Khalid National Guard Hospital is a 350 bed, acute-care,
teaching centre that provides medical care for members of the Saudi
Arabian National Guard and their dependents. The hospital provides all
general services. The hospital is situated in Jeddah, a city of
two million people, located along the Red Sea coast. Jeddah is a
beautiful city, having buildings of historical interest, as well as
modern shopping facilities, international cuisine, and a great variety
of art work. The Red Sea is especially interesting for scuba divers,
and has, reportedly, the best coral reefs in the world. Also popular
is taking long evening walks along the Red Sea boardwalk -- The Corniche
-- where the lights of the city and of anchored ships illuminate the
Housing for most staff is in a two or three bedroom apartment located on
a compound adjacent to the hospital. It is approximately a ten to fifteen
minute walk between the two, and a free shuttle bus is provided. Some
single males are housed in three bedroom bungalows in a compound located in
North Jeddah, approximately forty minutes from the hospital.
Free shuttle bus service is provided.
All housing is air conditioned and fully furnished.
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The King Fahad National Guard Hospital is a 550 bed acute-care,
teaching centre providing medical care for the Saudi Arabian National
Guard. This highly-automated facility is equipped with the latest in
Western technology, and is operated and managed according to JCAHO
standards. The accommodation is adjacent to the hospital and is equipped
with excellent recreational facilities, including an olympic-sized swimming
pool, tennis courts, movie theatre, gymnasium, and weight rooms. The
Recreation Department also organizes extensive in-country and out-of-country
trips. The hospital is located approximately 15 miles outside of Riyadh,
the capital city of Saudi Arabia. This modern state-of-the-art hospital is
considered to be one of the most prestigious hospitals in Saudi Arabia. In
1994, the hospital started a liver transplant program, and in 1995, the
hospital started a cardiac surgery program.
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The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) is the largest - and most widely respected - facility of its kind in the Middle East.
Opened in 1982 as a joint venture, KKESH provides treatment for a bread spectrum of eye ailments. Among the services offered by the hospital are cataract surgery, corneal grafting, optometry, clinical, psychophysical and electrophysical laboratories, ultrasonography and pharmacies. An average of 500 patients per day are seen in the out-patient clinic.
In terms of equipment, technology and staff, the surgical facilities at KKESH far exceed most comparable modern medical centres. The surgical unit consists of 12 operating theatres and a 17-bed recovery room. Eleven of the theatres are equipped with ceiling-mounted microscopes, and one with a mobile model for delicate procedures.
Innovation has played an important part in developing KKESH's teaching program. Operating room microscope assemblies are wired with audio-visual equipment to realistically recreate the impact of being present in the theatre. The nursing staff also receives its own special training through educational and in service projects.
Through its breakthrough efforts in combatting eye disease, the King Khaled Eye specialist Hospital has earned a world-class reputation for medical excellence and helped thousands of patients enjoy better lives through better eye care.
King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is situated in the northwestern suburbs of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's lively capital city.
The Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre (PSCC) is located
in central Riyadh. The cardiac services of the Riyadh Armed
Forces Hospital began in 1979, but in 1996 the PSCC moved
into a new 158 bed facility. This hospital is a four-floor,
five-level building. The PSCC provides a major portion of
the cardiac services for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
and offers a full range of diagnostic and management facilities
for patients ranging in age from neonate to elderly. There are
four clinical departments: Adult Cardiology; Pediatric Cardiology;
Cardiac Surgery; Cardiac Anesthesia. Nursing has its own
management structure under the Director of Nursing.
Cardiac Technicians, Perfusionists, Respiratory Therapists,
Anesthesia Technicians, and Cardiac Catheterization Radiographers
have their own Superintendents.
On average, there are twenty-five to thirty cardiac surgical
procedures performed each week, with more than half of
operations performed on neonates and children. 1996 annual
workload statistics include: 962 cardiac surgeries; 1,677 adult and
762 pediatric cardiac catheterizations; 7,436 adult and 6,412
pediatric echocardiographic examinations; 32,760 ECGs;
2,514 Holters; and 1,952 stress tests.
Between 1986 and 1996, 20 heart transplants (16 adult; 4 pediatric) were performed.
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The Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital (RAFH) is located in Riyadh City, The capital of Saudi Arabia. Its the flagship of the RKH Programme. RKH is the Medical Services Department (MSD) of the Ministry of Defence and Aviation (MODA). RAFH was officially opened December 1978. The hospital now includes the main hospital, Southwest Corner and the new Southwest Corner Extension . Additional facilities are being built to accommodate the growing population and to further enhance the quality of patient care.
RAFH provides a major portion of the medical services for the military personnel and their dependants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a full range of diagnostic and management facilities for patients ranging in age from the neonate to the elderly. The institution has an excellent reputation, both in the Middle East and in the West for the quality of patient care provided, annual symposiums and for the research papers published in most reputable journals.
LOCATION AND SIZEThe RAFH is about 770 bed hospital and considered one of the most advanced centres in the Middle East. It is located in the heart of Riyadh. At a walking distance from several shopping areas and fancy restaurants. Approximately 20 Kilometres from the city centre and easily accessible to the general population as well as to accident victims.
The services of the Centre are at a high level of professional standards. RAFH administration requires that the quality of services rendered and the general operating standards of the centre to meet the United States Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organisations
(JCAHO ) standards.
In addition to providing excellent care for patients, the RAFH trains appropriately educated Saudi nationals for administrative, professional and technical positions. There are continuing education programmes and specific training programmes for Saudi Nationals in various medical Technologies.
MEDICAL SERVICESIn the main hospital building (Blg. 100) a full range of clinical services are provided, including General Medicine, dermatology, Haematology, Neurology, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Oncology, Nephrology, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Urology and Oral Surgery. The main hospital also houses a large laboratory service and Nuclear Medicine Department.
In the Southwest Corner (Blg. 109) which was opened in 1981, other services are provided, including Obstetrics, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation, Renal Dialysis and Extended Care. The new extension of Southwest Comer (Blg. 111) is intended to high - ranking military personnel and their dependants.
To further advance the health care services provided by the programme, additional services are now fully operational such as Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Artificial Heart Transplant Project, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), In vitro Fertilisation Project and Linear Accelerator Project.
Annual workload figures reflect the level of activity for the centre The total registered patients in RAFH count to 520,212 as of 1996 (including peripheral clinics). The Total patients attendance in RAFH showed 672,713 (1996) including Outpatient, Family & Community Medicine, Dentistry and Accident & Emergency. The total operations performed showed 12,478.
GENERAL INFORMATIONThe staff of the RAFH come from many parts of the world and adds up to approximatley 3,500.
Employment contracts are for two years and often renewable.
The standard work week is 44 hours. The number of hours in a shift vary somewhat from department to department but generally do not exceed 8 hours a day and 4 hours Thursday (Except nurses). The standard work week is Saturday through Wednesday.
RECREATION SERVICES FOR EMPLOYEESThe Department of Recreational Services offers recreation and leisure opportunities to a wide range of interests and age groups. Facilities for recreation are spread across a large area, ranging from the "flagship" multipurpose recreation centre at the hospital, to further multipurpose sport leisure facilities attached to some of the accommodation sites .
There is something for everyone, and the Department provides access for beginners and the more advanced alike.
In addition to "in-house" events ,the Department arranges for other activities taking place in and around Riyadh.
Riyadh itself is an interesting, bustling city. There are shopping centres and malls offering a good selection of goods at very affordable prices. Hotels in Riyadh offer excellence in both services and in their first-class restaurants, most of which hold outdoor barbecues or brunch on Fridays.
TRANSPORTATIONShuttle buses operate regularly at intervals between housing projects and the Centre.
There are several shopping buses to malls and supermarkets each day. School children are transported to and from school each day. Limousine service available to places can not be reached otherwise. This service at a very low cost per kilometre and has cars / mini buses available for individual employees.
SINGLE FEMALES: Based on position and availability they will be provided with appropriate accommodation. Some may require to share apartments, but will always have own room. SINGLE MALES: Based on position and availability they will be provided with appropriate accommodation. Some may require to share apartments, but will always have own room. MARRIED COUPLES: Will be provided appropriate accommodation in an apartment or villa based on availability and position.
The North West Armed Forces Hospital is located in Tabuk.
It is a teaching facility which serves members of the Saudi Arabian
Ministry of Defense and Aviation, and their families. The hospital was built
in 1983, and operates an acute-care site (284 beds) and a rehabilitation site (112 beds).
It is the regional referral centre for burns, and adult and pediatric ICU patients.
The hospital operates a Training Centre to train military cadets to work
as medical technicians in military hospitals and clinics. The Centre operates
an English Language training section for cadets and also provides basic
Arabic courses for employees wishing to learn the language.
Tabuk, a small, old city with friendly people and interesting souqs, is
located in the northwest corner of Saudi Arabia, about 100km south of
the Jordanian border. Residents of this site make frequent trips to the
Red Sea, a two and a half hour drive away. In addition to using the hospital's
recreational facilities, other favourite activities include hiking and
Housing is fully furnished and air conditioned, and provided free of charge.
Single females have their own one-bedroom apartment located on the compound
adjacent to the hospital. It is a five to ten minute walk to the hospital.
Single males share two or three bedroom bungalows located a five to ten minute
shuttle bus drive from the hospital. The bus services is provided free of charge.
Married medical staff are housed in semi-detached townhouses located at one
of two sites, each approximately five minutes from the hospital.
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