VIDEO: New COVID-19 testing facility can screen 3,500 people daily in Abu Dhabi

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Nevin Al Sukari - Abu Dhabi - A general view of the Capital Health Screening Centre in Musaffah.

Capital Health Screening Centre (CHSC), part of the Mubadala Healthcare network, officially launched a COVID-19 centre in Musaffah that can screen 3,500 individuals per day.

The facility was opened in collaboration with Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS), a SEHA HealthSystem Facility, to extend the country’s high-density screening strategy into this industrial zone.

Hasan Jasem Al Nowais, Senior Vice President at Mubadala Healthcare, said: “The testing facility at Capital Health Screening Centre was launched in collaboration with AHS-SEHA and in line with Mubadala’s #WeAreDedicated campaign to support national efforts to combat COVID-19.

“We will continue to leverage our facilities’ expertise and partner with leading entities to find solutions to curb the spread of infection as well as to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the community.”

The new centre opens at a time when the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has encouraged all commercial and industrial companies to ensure their employees are tested.

CHSC is one of four medical facilities involved in the National Screening Project, a governmental initiative overseen by AHS, which aims to test 335,000 residents and employees in the Musaffah area, while also increasing their awareness of COVID-19 and necessary preventative measures.

UAE-Virus-2-750 A medical expert updates the facility’s systems.

Mohamed Hawas Al Sadid, Chief Executive Officer at Ambulatory Healthcare Services, said at the launch: “We are delighted to collaborate with Mubadala Healthcare and Capital Health Screening Centre in the National Screening Project through of our commitment to expand screening and testing across the Emirate as an effective strategy for the containment of COVID-19.

“This partnership is a timely example of how entities in the healthcare sector can join forces and coordinate their efforts to support government initiatives and benefit the population as a whole.”

Under the guidance of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH), CHSC staff will screen individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, and by appointment only. Visitors will be classified and tested based on their medical history and symptoms as either ‘low risk’, which includes a swabbing, or ‘high-risk’, which includes a swabbing and a medical assessment. Priority screening is given to senior citizens and pregnant women.

UAE-virus-1-750 A medical expert tours the facility.

Haitham Al Subaihi, CEO of CHSC said: “Following the recent announcement by ADDED to test workers in Abu Dhabi, we were able to set up and trial the screening facility very quickly, before officially launching the centre today. We hope that our efforts will serve the country well, and that our beloved UAE will continue to be a safe place for everyone.”

To book an appointment, patients can use the CHSC toll-free number 800-SCREEN (800 727 336), while corporate clients may call their CHSC Key Account Manager. The center is located at the Right Choice Building, on 9th Street – Block M-21 in Musaffah, and is open five days a week, from 09:00am – 3:00pm. Following the test, patients will receive their results within two to three business days by phone or SMS.

Patients should bring their Emirates ID, and wear face masks and gloves. Fasting is not mandatory for the COVID-19 screening test. CHSC healthcare workers are advising the patients to self-quarantine until they receive their negative test results.

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