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The inauguration of the unit

Aster Royal Al Raffah Hospital launches advanced stroke unit

MUSCAT, May 23, 2024

Aster Royal Al Raffah Hospital, part of the GCC’s leading integrated healthcare provider Aster DM Healthcare FZC, has announced the launch of the Aster Stroke Unit and Aster Urgent Care 24x7 programme in Oman. Located in Al Ghubra, Muscat, the hospital is set to significantly enhance its regional healthcare services with these new facilities.
 
The inauguration was attended by Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Planning and Health Organisation, The Sultanate of Oman, who officially opened the new units in the presence of esteemed guests including Dr Sherbaz Bichu, Group CEO, Aster Hospitals & Clinics, UAE, Oman & Bahrain; Shailesh Guntu, CEO of Aster Hospitals & Clinics, Oman; and Dr Ali Al Balushi, Vascular Neurologist and Neuro-endovascular Surgeon, Aster Royal Al Raffah Hospital, Oman.
 
Aster Royal Al Raffah Hospital is now the first private hospital in the region to receive approval from the Ministry of Health for operating a dedicated Stroke Unit. 
 
Cutting-edge facilities
This unit will be spearheaded by the renowned stroke specialist, Dr Ali Al Balushi, Vascular Neurologist and Neuro-endovascular Surgeon. The unit is equipped with cutting-edge infrastructure and 24/7 availability of stroke care specialists, ensuring a systematic and efficient treatment pathway for all stroke patients.
 
The newly launched Aster Urgent Care 24x7 programme is dedicated to providing prompt and efficient emergency care, ensuring that patients receive the urgent attention necessary to maximise their chances of a swift and successful recovery. 
 
Invaluable resources
Dr Al Mandhari said: “We commend Aster for establishing an advanced Stroke Unit and an Urgent Care 24x7 service. These units will serve as invaluable resources for our community, effectively managing surgical and trauma emergencies within the critical golden hour.”
 
Dr Bichu said: “With focus on advanced medical techniques and patient-centered care, we are poised to raise the bar in healthcare excellence. Time is of the essence for stroke victims, with each passing minute resulting in the loss of vital brain cells. Prompt treatment is crucial to preserve these cells, save lives, and enhance recovery outcomes. 
 
“This is the driving force behind our launch of the Stroke and Urgent Care 24x7 programme, enabling us to deliver specialised, life-saving care effectively to the people of Oman to ensure quality of life is restored. Our goal is to improve outcomes and enhance the quality of life for those affected by stroke, and this new facility is a crucial step towards achieving that vision.”
 
Latest stride
Dr Al Balushi said: “The Stroke Unit at Aster Royal Al Raffah Hospital represents the latest stride in Oman’s ongoing innovation in stroke care and emergency neurologic support, aimed at saving and enhancing lives. Similarly, the introduction of Aster Urgent Care 24x7 exemplifies Aster’s commitment to providing immediate and critical care around the clock, ensuring that every patient receives the best possible chance at recovery.”’
 
Guntu said: “These initiatives set a new standard in medical care within the region and highlight our dedication to advancing healthcare services accessible around the clock. Through these critical developments, we are enhancing our capability to respond swiftly and effectively to any medical emergency, ensuring the highest level of care for our community.”--TradeArabia News Service
 



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