Thursday 4 October 2018
King’s College Hospital London in the UAE (KCH) has opened the doors of its Marina Medical Center, the first facility with British NHS standards to be based at Dubai Marina. The opening of the new facility supports the growth of the healthcare sector in Dubai, which is driven, in turn, by a population rise and an increase in private health infrastructure, making the city an attractive location for investments in the sector.
KCH will continue its expansion with an upcoming 100-bed hospital in Dubai Hills that will provide integrated pathways into King’s in London. The newly Dubai Marina facility brings KCH’s UAE footprint to a total of three medical centers; the first being the flagship clinic in Abu Dhabi, and the one-year-old Medical Center in Jumeirah.
It was noted that DHA has recently launched a health investment strategy 2017-2020, with an aim to promote Dubai as a viable and competitive hub for need-based investment in healthcare. The strategy aims to guide and support investors to build sustainable public-private partnership models in healthcare in Dubai. The DHA is keen to support private sector investment and reputed healthcare providers.
The hospital also shared findings from a one-year review of other KCH facilities in Dubai, which showed that a family medicine consultant rather than a specialist treated 30 percent of patients at KCH in the UAE, in line with the concept of primary care being the first line of treatment.