Visit to King Hamad University Hospital

In the framework of the continuous trial of Department of Architectural Engineering at Kingdom University to engage with community, a project aiming

to design a specialized hospital is offered to the students in the fourth level. In order to start design process, students needed to visit a real Hospital to raise their awareness of different departments such as: Emergency and Accidents (E&A); Operation Theatre; Intensive Care Unit (ICU); Central Sterilization Unit; Clinics; Radiology; Laboratories; Pharmacy; Ward; and research center. Students needed also to know about the relationship between previous departments as well as the technological considerations incorporated in such departments.

A site visit to King Hamad University Hospital was held on two days: Tuesday 21st of February, and Wednesday 1st of March 2017 at 10:00 AM. A staff from both public Relations department and Education and Proficiency Center accompanied students, Dr. Sherif El-wageeh and Arch. Dana Nasser while visiting different sections of the University.

In the first day of the visit, students had opportunity to visit all the sections of Emergency department and listening to guides of the head of nurses, they took notes on the spatial and technical requirements of resuscitation section, and other supportive departments. This was followed by a visit to the Radiology department. A senior radiology specialist explained to students types of radiology sections (X-Ray – Ultrasound – CT scan – … ). He highlighted on the spatial, technical and safety requirements. Students were informed about the different level of protection against radiation, and how this is reflected on the material which is used in the walls, and ceiling. This was followed by a visit to the Laboratory which is considered one of its kind in the middle east. Students were amazed by the full automation of patients’ samples handling from the point of receiving the sample until issuing the analysis report. At the end of the day, students visited the Ward, and saw the difference between normal rooms, isolation rooms and VIP rooms. A senior nurse explained how different services (food, laundry) are connected vertically with the Ward.

In the second day of the visit, students had chance to visit more specialized and critical department at the hospital. The visit program started with the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Students were guided by a senior nurse who explained the design of the ICU cubicles, and how it is monitored 24/7 through the nurses station. After that, students had a unique chance to enter the Operation Theatres department. All the visitors had to change their clothes and wear the special medical uniform that is used by doctors and nurses. It was really an interesting part of the visit. Students had opportunity to see how this complicated part of the hospital is functioning. They listen to a detailed explanation about the patients receiving area, the clean corridor, the scrub room, the medical equipment room, the operation room, the dirty equipment room and the dirty corridor. This was followed by visiting the Central Sterilization and Supply Unit (CSSD) with its various sterilization stages. A specialist in the CSSD explained the steps of sterilizing medical tools in order to re-use it again.

Students had chance to visit the Oncology building which is currently under construction. They met with the project engineers, and listened to their explanation about the building components, and how it is connected to the mail building. After that, students returned to the main building to visit the hyperbaric department which is considered one of the most advanced treatment department for diabetic patients.