Minister of Public Health inaugurates ‘Easy Street’ patient rehabilitation facility at QRI

Minister of Public Health inaugurates ‘Easy Street’ patient rehabilitation facility at QRI

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Located within the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI), Hamad Medical Corporation has introduced its new specialized rehabilitation facility that simulates a modern environment for recovering patients.

Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, had opened the ‘Easy Street’ patient rehabilitation facility and met with a few patients who were able to benefit from this service.

The Easy Street simulates real-world situations in a safe clinical environment for patients to take their first independent steps towards recovery following a protracted illness with life-changing medical issues.

The rehabilitation facility was specifically designed to meet the needs of patients recovering from a stroke or brain hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic surgeries, or other medical issues that have impacted their ability to live at home and conduct basic life tasks.

Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad, Qatar National Lead for Healthy Ageing and Medical Director at the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, pointed out that Easy Street was expected to open last year.

However, the project was delayed as resources at the time had to be focused on the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patients will now be able to simulate going to a supermarket and handling a small shopping basket, in addition to using ramps. Furthermore, Easy Street features an ATM façade to simulate cash extraction and a small coffee shop that offers complimentary coffee or tea during patient practice sessions.

HE Dr. Al Kuwari commended the team for their efforts to establish this facility despite the year-long challenges faced by so many healthcare systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This remarkable facility represents an exceptional addition to the growing rehabilitation capabilities in Qatar and will provide a huge boost for all patients who need targeted therapy to enable them to be reintegrated back into their community.”

“Easy Street is the first of its kind in Qatar and one of only a few such simulated environments in the region. I am extremely pleased to see how well it has turned out and recognize the immense effort of the QRI team who have brought this idea to fruition during the pandemic. This is a true testimony of the ‘can do’ attitude we have in Qatar, which demonstrates that we can achieve almost anything we set our minds to,” the Minister added.

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