Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery (BHAS), has become the first speciality hospital in the world to achieve the Excellence in Medical Tourism certificate after achieving international accreditation from German based body, Temos. Temos aims to establish a world-wide network of quality hospitals and clinics for the assistance of overseas travellers seeking healthcare internationlly.
This is an important milestone for the hospital, which was also recently awarded 'Specialty Hospital of the Year' at the 10th World Health Tourism Congress, and 'Arab Health - Excellence in Surgery Services 2015' at the 8th Arab Health Innovation & Achievement Awards earlier this year.
Commenting on the Temos accreditation, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Managing Director, VPS Healthcare, said, "This is an important milestone endorsing BHAS' status as a quality healthcare facility that caters to both regional and international medical patients. BHAS is committed to offering the highest standards in healthcare comparable to other renowned hospitals in the West, which is also in line with the emirate's goal at becoming the leading hub for medical tourism in the region. "
Temos' certification is given to hospitals that have a national or international quality management system (QMS) focusing on medical tourists. Healthcare facilities have to additionally fulfill the strict Temos quality criteria governing the treatment of international patients. The standards measured include pre-travel arrangements, post-treatment, post-discharge and follow up services offered by the hospital to medical tourists.
"We are extremely pleased to announce that BHAS has successfully fulfilled the criteria that are part of Temos' stringent quality programme for excellence in medical tourism. Temos is the only certification body worldwide assessing and validating the quality of medical service providers regarding their international patients' services based on 'Quality Made in Germany' standards," said Dr Shajir Gaffar, CEO - VPS Healthcare, Dubai & NE.
"BHAS' growing status as a top medical facility for advanced orthopedic treatment is evident in the fact that the hospital has seen a 61 per cent rise in the inflow of patients from outside the country. A majority of these patients come to BHAS for its expertise in knee replacement surgery, among other treatments," said Dr Samih Tarabichi, one of the UAE's most renowned orthopedic surgeons and Medical Director at BHAS," who along with his team have successfully performed over 2.800 surgeries as of October 2015.
"BHAS is the only specialty hospital in the world to be awarded the Temos accreditation, this is a huge accomplishment for BHAS leading the way in medical tourism. We accept this with deep gratitude and remain steadfast in our commitment to achieve the highest standards in advanced orthopedic treatments for patients both nationally and internationally," added Dr. Tarabichi.
The availability of world class medical services has earned Dubai the title of 'Destination of the Year' at the World Health Tourism Congress. The emirate attracted 260,000 medical tourists in the first half of 2015. Orthopedics, in particular, is among the specialties that have been attracting medical tourists from across the region to Dubai and in particular, BHAS.
BHAS' efforts at consistently improving the quality of healthcare services have also been recognized by the Joint Commission International, USA (JCI) which is acknowledged as one of the highest International standards of safety and care that can be achieved by a Hospital. JCI standards include key elements like patient rights, informed consent, pain consent and additional key standards.
In addition to the excellent treatment and care provided, BHAS also has a dedicated team that looks after a patient's logistic needs ranging from airport transfers to hotel stays and other on-ground requirements. This has also gone a long way in offering patients a stress-free experience and making BHAS a top choice for medical tourists.