All non-essential health services are to be carried out over the phone says MoPH

  • 8 months   ago

All non-essential health services being provided by the Primary Health Care Corporation and all booked face to face consultations will be carried out over telephone from Sunday (February 14), the PHCC said in a statement on Sunday.

"Should you have an existing appointment, you will be contacted by a member of (the PHCC) team to rearrange this as a virtual consultation," the statement added.

The non-essential services include:

• Geriatric memory clinic

• Physiotherapy

• Well woman

• Cancer screening

• Minor procedures

• Smoking cessation

• Adolescent health

• SMART clinics

• Wellness services

• Dental screening

• Health educators

• Family planning


• Dermatology


• Ophthalmology

• Optometry

• Audiology

• General Pediatric

• Integrated psychiatry

• Support clinic

• Cardiology

• Dental general


• Dietician


On the other hand, essential services will still continue face to face at a limited capacity. The following services are considered as essential:

• Family Medicine face to face

• Dental face to face

• Well Baby

• Pre-marital

• Ultrasound (obs/gynae) and abdominal

• Walk-in for Dental

• Walk-in for FMM

• Urgent Care

• Medical commission

• Home care services

• ALL Virtual services 

COVD-19 Test and Hold Centres

The Primary Heath Care Corporation (PHCC) has dedicated two of its health centres as test and hold centres as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The two testing centres are: Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre and Umm Slal Health Centre.

Patients with mild or moderate symptoms of coronavirus should dial 16000 and will be directed to one the screening units at the PHCC COVID-19 designated health centres where they will be tested and isolated, and will receive the results from healthcare professionals as soon as samples are tested.

PHCC also made the COVID-19 test available at all other health centres within PHCC for suspect cases.