Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates and a subsidiary of PureHealth Group, has inaugurated a clinic for paediatric patients with uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease linked to several rheumatology-related illnesses.
The new clinic, located at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, will adopt a comprehensive approach to offer excellent care to uveitis patients, leading to better healthcare quality and patient outcomes.
Collaborating experts from SKMC, who specialize in rheumatology and ophthalmology, will jointly conduct thorough diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients. This coordinated care approach will offer several benefits such as prompt determination and adjustment of treatment plans, quick and accurate information to patients and families, reduced hospital visits, and an increased likelihood of better outcomes for vision and rheumatologic conditions.
Dr. Noura Khalid Al Qassimi, Consultant Ophthalmologist at SKMC, remarked that “the option to provide combined care is very important, as reducing the time between diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the child’s outcome. We want to avoid the risk of developing poor vision and blindness at all costs. Working together with our rheumatology department, we can together in the same setting agree on the diagnosis and management after explaining the whole situation to the parents and family, and start the personalised treatment plan in order to save the child’s sight.”
Linked with international organisations, the clinic will also play a role in collecting data unique to this region in efforts to not only provide personalised treatment for patients but also to enhance the data available regionally for future consideration and planning. The service will additionally provide further opportunities for research and academic study.