On Monday, the Saudi Ministry of Health inaugurated its first centre for the aged and elderly diseases in Riyadh at King Abdulaziz Hospital.
Dr. Hatem Al-Omari, Acting CEO of Makkah Health Cluster, inaugurated the centre in the presence of Dr. Walid Al-Koridi, Director General of Home Healthcare and Geriatrics at the Ministry of Health, and Dr. Ahed Aqeel, CEO of King Abdulaziz Hospital.
The Acting CEO was informed of the amenities initiated by the Executive Department for Operations, symbolised by the Hospitality Services Department, which incorporated a variety of services in one location to make procedures for beneficiaries much easier.
The site offers printing and reporting, family management and office entry, outpatient appointment booking, medical file opening, medical coordination and treatment eligibility, medical committee appointment booking and outpatient referrals.
The centre is regarded as the first at the level of Ministry of Health hospitals to provide consultation services regarding the necessary treatment and preventive measures for the elderly.
It primarily focuses on evaluating cases of elderly people aged 65 and up in order to assess and diagnose health-related conditions such as cognitive impairment, functional deterioration, memory impairment, and drug overdose among others.
This is in addition to administering appropriate treatment following an examination of the medical condition. For appropriate cases that meet the conditions, the centre also provides home-care services.
The centre is one of the contemporary healthcare representations, which supports health among the elderly by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities.