Construction commences on the first of six world-class primary healthcare centres across underserved areas in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Abu Dhabi, 11 December 2019: An official ground-breaking ceremony for the first of six world-class primary healthcare centres to be built across nine rural and underserved areas of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain was held today, 11 December 2019, at Abu Samrah. The clinics will be designed, built and operated by Aspen Medical, a global leader in the provision of healthcare solutions.

Mr Bruce Armstrong Group CEO of Aspen Medical, said, “Aspen Medical is honoured and very pleased to be working in partnership with the Department of Health to bring our global primary healthcare experience to the people of Abu Dhabi through our locally-based team.”

Following a public tender process, the Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH) signed an agreement with the company to provide comprehensive primary healthcare in the nine rural and underserved areas of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. DoH identified areas of under-provision through its Capacity Masterplan. The Masterplan shows that geographic healthcare coverage in the Emirate is generally good but that there are still capacity shortfalls in some rural areas.

His Excellency Mr Mohamed Al Hameli, Undersecretary of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi said, “The Department of Health is looking forward to working with the private sector to strengthen both coverage and quality of primary healthcare in Abu Dhabi.

“Our agreement establishes a primary healthcare model that can be expanded more broadly through the Abu Dhabi healthcare system.”

The Abu Samrah Primary Health Clinic is due for completion in 2020 with further clinics being constructed in Al Wathba, Shakhbout City, Umm Ghaffa, Al Dhahra, and Al Salamat.

The clinics will provide comprehensive services to the public including:

  • general medicine and family medicine
  • chronic disease management
  • healthcare screening and prevention services
  • vaccinations and immunisations
  • non‐communicable diseases management
  • communicable diseases management
  • diagnostic services
  • on-site pharmacy

The clinics in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will add to Aspen Medical’s growing global primary healthcare clinic network. The company currently operates public clinics in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and private clinics for companies in the Oil and Gas sector. Aspen Medical has recently been awarded a 23-year contract to manage and operate two public hospitals in Fiji.