Monthly Archives: November 2015

Gulf Medical University Celebrates 44th UAE National Day

UAE National Day Celebrations

Gulf Medical University (GMU), the leading private medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group –UAE, celebrated the 44th UAE National Day which falls on 2nd December, with pomp and splendor on Sunday, 29th November 2015. The celebrations, which were held from 4 pm to 6 pm at the University campus was a combination of games, contests, food and fun, which truly reflected the ‘spirit of the union’.

GMU Provost Prof. Gita Ashok Raj was the chief guest of the function. The celebrations started with the UAE national anthem, followed by a cake cutting ceremony led by Prof. Gita Ashok Raj. The Deans of the colleges under GMU as well as the students of the University were present.

The campus was resplendent with hues of green, black, red and white, representing the UAE flag. The celebrations included a variety of games and competitions. Prizes were distributed to the winners.

For the students from over 73 nationalities and staff from over 22 nationalities who constitute the population of GMU, the celebrations were a chance to reaffirm their love for the UAE, which to them is ‘home away from home’.

Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division Opens New State-of-the-Art Family Clinic, Pharmacy in Ras Al Khaimah

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Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division expanded its network of affordable family clinics and pharmacies by opening a new state-of-the-art Thumbay Clinic and an outlet of Thumbay Pharmacy in Ras Al Khaimah on Sunday, 29th November 2015. The soft opening was held in the presence of Thumbay Group Founder President Mr. Thumbay Moideen. Gulf Medical University (GMU) Provost Prof. Gita Ashok Raj was the chief guest. Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay – Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group and members of the administrative team of Thumbay Group were also present at the opening.

 

 

The newly opened clinic, complete with laboratory services, is the latest addition to Thumbay Group’s growing numberof healthcare services focusing primarily on personalized services, convenience and affordability. The clinic has Obstetrics & Gynaecology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and General Medicine departments. Highly qualified specialists are in place to treat the patients. The newly opened Thumbay Pharmacy offering the complete range of medical equipment and rehabilitation care products is located adjacent to the new clinic.

 

Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay said that many more such clinics and pharmacies were being planned to be opened across the UAE in the coming years. He added that the Group was also planning to acquire existing clinics and pharmacies. “Thumbay Group is committed to deliver high-quality, patient-focused, cost-effective healthcare at people’s doorsteps,” he said. He also announced that three more Thumbay Pharmacies would be opened in December 2015 and January 2016.

Presently located at Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, Thumbay Clinics offer services ranging from the latest medical procedures and diagnostics to a plethora of outpatient services and tests across dozens of medical specialties. Thumbay Clinics offer premium facilities that make them one of the finest community health care providers. All major insurance companies are honored at all Thumbay Clinics. The entire network of Thumbay hospitals and clinics is affiliated to Gulf Medical University and also offer teaching and training facilities to GMU students.

To celebrate the opening of Thumbay Clinic – Ras Al Khaimah, a ‘Free Health Camp’ is being conducted at the new clinic starting from the inaugural day, until 20th December 2015. The camp offers free consultations and checkup, free blood sugar and blood pressure checkups and BMI check, in addition to a 50% discount on laboratory services. 

 

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Centre Sharjah Conducts Diabetes Screening Camp

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To commemorate World Diabetes Day which is observed on the 14th of November every year, Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Centre – Sharjah conducted a ‘Diabetes Screening Camp’ at the Nesto Hypermarket at Al Muweilah, Sharjah on Wednesday, 25th November 2015.

More than 150 people benefited from the free camp which included screening of blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI as well as free dental screening. The Management of Nesto Hypermarket – Sharjah thanked the hospital and appreciated its efforts to combat the rising prevalence of Diabetes in Sharjah and nearby areas.

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Centre Sharjah has been conducting health campus at various locations in Sharjah, to raise health awareness among the public.

Thumbay Hospital Dubai Hosts 2nd Annual Medical Tourism Conference

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The second annual Medical Tourism Conference was held on Thursday, 26th November 2015 at Thumbay Hospital, Dubai, in collaboration with Gulf Medical University (GMU) Ajman-UAE, the leading private medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group. The theme of the conference was ‘Destination UAE – Health & Medical Tourism Hub, Partnership for Collaborations’. The chief guest of the conference, H. E. Shaikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Almaktoum, Chairman – MBM Groups, Dubai inaugurated the event. Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder Presdient of Thumbay Group was the special guest of the conference. The conference was accredited by Ministry of Health, UAE for 7 CME hours.

Gulf Medical University launched a unique course in medical tourism at the conference, titled “Certificate Course in Medical Tourism Facilitator”. The course was formally launched by H. E. Shaikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Almaktoum, in the presence of GMU Provost, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj. GMU, which has a reputation for providing programs that have been introduced in the region for the first time has added the new course to the list of unique and first-of-its-kind healthcare courses offered by it.

H. E. Shaikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Almaktoum conferred Special Awards of Honor and Recognition to Ms. Julie Munro, President MTQUA, Dr. Saif Al Jaibeji, CEO MEA Region – United Healthcare Group, Dr. Layla Al Marzouqi, Director – Health Regulation Department DHA, Ms. Linda Abdulla Ali, Head of Medical Tourism Office: Health Regulation Department – DHA, UAE, Dr. Gbenga Adetimehin Managing Partner & Member of Medical Tourism & Hospital Projects Advisory Board Iheoo Partners, Nigeria and Mr. T L S Iyer, General Manager – SNTTA, for their valuable contributions to Medical Tourism.

Over 500 delegates including medical tourism experts, doctors, facilitators and insurance agencies attended the conference. The conference discussed several topics such as: Strategies for Sustaining Outbound Patients, Trends and Outlook of Medical Tourism – International Standards, Best Practices for Successful Medical Tourism Marketing,  Insurance Options for Medical Tourism Business, Increasing Medical Tourism: Case studies in Thumbay Hospitals UAE & India, Medical Tourism Education –Need of the hour and a Panel discussion on “Challenges and Opportunities in Making Health & Medical Tourism Hub -Destination UAE”.

The topics were presented by Ms. Linda Abdul Ali (Head of Medical Tourism Office: Health regulation Department, DHA, UAE), Ms. Julie Munro (President, MTQUA), Ms. Laila Al Jassim (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, health Beyond Borders, Dubai), Dr. Saif Al Jaibeji (CEO MEA Region – United Healthcare Group), Dr. Benazir Amir Ali (Director – Thumbay Medical Tourism) and Dr. Anil P Bankar (Assistant Professor, Gulf Medical University, UAE). The panel discussion which was moderated by Dr. Benazir Ameer Ali and Dr. Anil P Bankar had Ms. Julie Munro, Dr. Saif Al Jaibeji, Dr. Gbenga Adetimehin, Dr. Layla Marzouqi and Mr. T.L.S Iyer as panelists.

 

New Thumbay Clinic, Thumbay Pharmacy to Open in Ras Al Khaimah on November 29

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Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division will expand its network of affordable family clinics by opening a new, state-of-the-art Thumbay Clinic at Ras Al Khaimah, on Sunday, 29th November 2015. The soft opening will be held in the presence of the Founder President of Thumbay Group Mr. ThumbayMoideen. Gulf Medical University (GMU) Provost Prof. Gita Ashok Raj will be the chief guest at the function. Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay and other members of the administrative team of Thumbay Group will be present.

The newly opening clinic will be the latest addition to Thumbay Group’s growing number of healthcare services, focusing primarily focus on personalized services, affordability and convenience. They are a continuation of Thumbay Group’s endeavors to provide high quality healthcare at most affordable costs.

Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President – Healthcare Division, Thumbay Group, said that the Group with its strong market presence and diversified businesses, was all set to expand its healthcare division. “We are looking forward to acquire existing clinics and pharmacies also and would welcome proposals for the same,” he added. He also reiterated Thumbay Group’s commitment to work towards providing high-quality, patient focused, cost-effective healthcare to the communities served.

An outlet of Thumbay Pharmacy will also be opened adjacent to the clinic, offering the complete range of medical equipment and rehabilitation care products. It will be equipped with a wide range of medicines from reputed pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as well-experienced and attentive pharmacists with a friendly attitude to serve the customers. “We are happy to announce that three more Thumbay Pharmacies will be opened in the months of December 2015 and January 2016,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay.  With Thumbay Pharmacy rapidly expanding, the outlets continue to add to Thumbay Group’s growing number of healthcare services. Besides dispensing Medicines in a cool ambience, Thumbay Pharmacies also have special services like Patient counseling and preliminary health aid monitoring to improve the quality of life of patients.

Presently located at Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, Thumbay Clinics offer services ranging from the latest medical procedures and diagnostics to a plethora of outpatient services and tests across dozens of medical specialties. Thumbay Clinics offer premium facilities that make them one of the finest community health care providers. All major insurance companies are honored at all Thumbay Clinics.

The new clinic located at Al Jazah Road, Al Nakheel - Ras Al Khaimah will have Internal Medicine, General Practitioner, General Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology departments. To celebrate the opening, Thumbay Clinic Ras Al Khaimah will have a ‘free health camp’ from 29th November to 20th December 2015, including free consultation and check-up, free blood sugar and blood pressure checkups and BMI check. Furthermore, the clinic will also be offering a 50% discount on laboratory services.

GMU’s Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) Conducts ‘Intensive Workshop on Clinical EKG’

Intensive Workshop on Clinical EKG

The Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) of Gulf Medical University (GMU) conducted an ‘Intensive Workshop on Clinical EKG’, at the University campus in Ajman on 20th and 21st November 2015.

The course, accredited by MoH for 13 CME hours was conducted by Dr. Ehab. M. Esheiba, Clinical Assistant Professor and Head of Cardiology Department, Gulf Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Gulf Medical University.  Course Contents included: EKG in CAD, Drug Effects, Electrolyte Imbalance & Metabolic Disorders, Pericardial, Myocardial and Pulmonary Diseases & Pre- Excitation Patterns, Arrhythmias, Pacemakers, Considerations / Limitations / Pitfalls.

The intensive workshop aimed to extend and update the clinical EKG interpretation knowledge of health professionals who have a thorough basic understanding of EKG.
It provided an ideal opportunity to learn systematic approach to elucidate challenging 12 lead EKG, as in complex arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia and infarctions.
The main focus of the workshop was to assist the participants to achieve more advanced levels of electrocardiogram interpretation through brief Interactive lectures and discussions and to avoid common misconceptions through Pearls and Pitfalls, Tips and Tricks.

The participants at the workshop included doctors, interns, residents, nurses, paramedical staff and other healthcare professionals from reputed hospitals across the country.

Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH)

Designed as a virtual hospital setting, CASH is a multidisciplinary educational facility that provides high-tech simulated set-up for clinical and communication skills teaching / learning and training for all health care professionals. CASH offers Training Programs to doctors, nurses, other health professionals and lay public as well.

 

Body & Soul Health Club & Spa Gears Up to Celebrate the ‘Spirit of the Union’ on 44th UAE National Day

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Body and Soul Health Club and Spa, the award-winning network of health clubs operated by the Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group UAE will celebrate the 44th National Day of the UAE with a variety of activities on Wednesday, 2nd December 2015. The celebrations which will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Body & Soul outlet in Al Jurf – Ajman next to Gulf Medical University, will begin with a flag hoisting ceremony followed by UAE National Anthem. Family games, kid’s activities, arts and craft competitions and best costume competition will follow. Contest winners stand to win attractive prizes. The event is open to the public.

Mr. Farhad C, Director – Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group said: “We are delighted to celebrate the momentous occasion of UAE National Day at Body & Soul, with families and children on 2nd December. As a company that advocates healthy lifestyles and is committed to building a healthy population for the nation, we take this as an opportunity to reiterate our love for the UAE”.

Body and Soul is an internationally inspired leisure management company owned and operated by Thumbay Group UAE. The company specializes in the planning, design and management of upscale health and leisure facilities and luxury spas. The brand currently has five outlets in the UAE, including ‘elite’ and ‘ladies only’ clubs. Body & Soul Health Club and Spa serves as a one-stop destination offering extensive sports, recreation, fitness, health, social and youth programs. It is one of the few companies that specialize in providing a total solution consulting and management package to developers, owners, hotels and resorts who are considering the development of a spa, health club, wellness centre, recreation or fitness facility.

Body & Soul’s facilities, infrastructure and operating standards are at par with the European standards of health clubs. All classes and workouts are supervised by highly trained, certified instructors. The club management has initiated a massive expansion plan that will see an addition of 100 new family-centered health clubs within the next four years, with 25 of them planned in the next two years.

Cricketer Shoaib Malik Enthralls Crowd at Thumbay Hospital Dubai

Shoiab Malik at Thumbay Hospital

Popular Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistani side, Shoaib Malik visited Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, on Saturday, 21st November 2015. Hundreds of patients and visitors rushed to catch a glimpse of the cricket star, as he toured the hospital’s facilities.

Shoaib was welcomed by Dr. Manvir Singh Walia, Administrative Director Operations – Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group, Dr. Ashutosh Sood, Chief Operating Officer of Thumbay Hospital Dubai, Dr. Sameer Kumar, Assistant Administrative Director of Thumbay Dental Hospital Dubai, and other members of the administrative team of Thumbay Hospital Dubai. Accompanied by them, Shoaib toured the advanced, ultra-modern facilities at the hospital and the adjoining Thumbay Dental Hospital. He also visited the outlets of various Thumbay Group brands within the hospital, like Thumbay Medical Tourism, Thumbay Pharmacy, Zo & Mo Opticals, Nutri Plus Vita and Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe.

Shoaib was all praise for the latest instruments and state-of-the-art technology in use at the hospital. He described Thumbay Hospital as “a beautiful facility manned by sweet people.” He also promoted the ongoing diabetes awareness campaign at Thumbay Hospital Dubai, titled “Count Your Steps – To Beat Diabetes.” Later, the ace cricketer met and mingled with the crowd of fans, and joined them for photos and autographs.  The crowd was bubbling with excitement, as they got to interact freely with their favourite cricketer. Shoaib thanked the visitors for their affection.

“We are honoured by the positive review of Thumbay Hospital by such a reputed sportsperson. Mr. Shoaib Malik is an internationally popular cricketer who has seen and experienced world-class healthcare facilities around the world. When someone of his stature appreciates our hospital and its facilities, it is definitely something to be proud of,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group.

Thumbay Group’s hospitals have risen to the forefront of healthcare providers in the region by providing high quality healthcare at affordable costs. Thumbay Group delivers its healthcare services through its four Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah, a 25-chair dental hospital in Dubai which is the first private dental hospital in the country, five state-of-the-art Thumbay Clinics and Thumbay Labs in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, in addition to outlets of Thumbay Pharmacy across the UAE. Thumbay Group’s network of hospitals and clinics are among the largest healthcare networks in the UAE.

All Thumbay Group hospitals are full-fledged multi-specialty centers, with wide-ranging tertiary care services.  Thumbay Hospitals have been the first choice healthcare destination for patients from over 175 nationalities. Staff from over 22 countries, speaking over 50 languages attend to patients. JCI accreditation for the hospitals, CAP-accredited laboratories, patient-centric services, affordable costs, presence throughout the UAE, strong cultural diversity, an impeccable record of zero infection rate, and multiple accreditations, memberships and awards are some distinctive features which makes Thumbay Hospitals the most popular healthcare destination.

Cricketer Shoaib Malik to Visit Thumbay Hospital Dubai on November 21

Meet & Greet Mr. Shoaib Malik

Popular Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik will visit Thumbay Hospital, Dubai at 10 am on Saturday, 21st November 2015. Shoaib, who has a huge fan following in Dubai will tour Thumbay Hospital’s facilities. He would also meet and interact with his fans present at the hospital. On the occasion of the celebrity visit, Thumbay Hospital Dubai will be offering the visitors free consultations with the Pediatrician, Ophthalmologist, General Practitioner and Dentist, as well as free random blood sugar tests.

“We welcome one and all to Thumbay Hospital Dubai this Saturday, to meet and greet ace cricketer Shoaib Malik and to make use of the free consultations being offered to mark the celebrity visit,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group.

Over the past two decades, Thumbay Group UAE has emerged as a leading international business conglomerate with pioneering presence in education, healthcare, research, health communications, publishing, hospitality, wellness, retail, procurement & distribution, insurance and construction sectors. Firmly rooted in its three core areas of education, healthcare and research, Thumbay Group’s hospitals have risen to the forefront of healthcare providers in the region by providing cutting-edge healthcare at affordable rates.

Thumbay Group delivers its healthcare services through its four Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah, a 25-chair dental hospital in Dubai which is the first private dental hospital in the country, five state-of-the-art Thumbay Clinics and Thumbay Labs in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, in addition to outlets of Thumbay Pharmacy across the UAE. Thumbay Group’s network of hospitals and clinics are among the largest healthcare networks in the UAE.

All Thumbay Group hospitals are full-fledged multi-specialty centers, with wide-ranging tertiary care services.  Thumbay Hospitals have been the first choice healthcare destination for patients from over 175 nationalities. Staff from over 22 countries, speaking over 50 languages attend to patients. JCI accreditation for the hospitals, CAP-accredited laboratories, patient-centric services, affordable costs, presence throughout the UAE, strong cultural diversity, an impeccable record of zero infection rate, and multiple accreditations, memberships and awards are some distinctive features which makes Thumbay Hospitals the most popular healthcare destination.

Thumbay Hospital is located next to Stadium Metro Station in Al Qusais. For queries about the celebrity visit and the free consultations on 21st November, kindly contact the hospital on the following phone numbers: 055-7368941, 056-9583264 or 055-4274252.

Rare ‘Intravenous Thrombolysis’ at GMC Hospital Ajman Saves Paralyzed Patient

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A forty-six year old male patient hailing from India was saved by an ‘intravenous thrombolysis’ procedure performed at GMC Hospital, Ajman, on Sunday, 15th November 2015. The procedure was performed by Dr. Mohamed Hamdy, Fellow of Neuro-intervention from Zurich University Hospital, Switzerland, who is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Gulf Medical University and Specialist A Neurology at GMC Hospital, Ajman.

The patient was brought in at around 8:45 am on Sunday with acute stroke, indicated by paralysis of the right side, almost loss of vision in the right eye, difficulty in understanding words and slurred speech. The patient was also found to have high BP and high blood sugar.

As soon as the patient was brought to GMC Hospital, the hospital’s Emergency Response team swung into action. They performed preliminary investigations, collected blood samples and checked blood glucose. The team contacted Dr. Mohamed, who at the time was driving to work, for his opinion. Dr. Mohamed advised CT scan of the brain, which was done in just 15 minutes. He reached the hospital soon and observed that the CT showed ‘Occipital Infarction’ and ‘Small Basal Ganglia Infarction’ in the brain.

Dr. Mohamed shifted the patient to the ICU, for the required blood tests before administering the injection. As soon as Thrombolysis was performed by administering the IV rtPA, the patient’s blood sugar and blood pressure fell towards normal. Ten minutes after the injection, the patient started moving his right leg normally, and said that his vision was getting better. The patient was then placed in observation for 24 hours, where he showed excellent improvement. A follow-up CT scan later showed no signs of hemorrhage, and there were no complications from the injection.

The patient, who works as a labourer can now return to normal life. Dr. Mohamed said that the patient was brought in at the early stage of stroke, which was an advantage. “He had started showing symptoms at 7 am, and was brought in at around 8:45 am. The fact that he was brought within the time window of 3.5 to 4.5 hours was an important advantage,” he explained.

One of the advantages of this treatment is that the procedure takes only a short while; about one hour. Moreover it is safe, with minimal complications. According to Dr. Mohamed, in case of a stroke, it is crucial that the patient be immediately rushed to the hospital. He added that Intravenous Thrombolysis is a rare treatment in the UAE, and that GMC Hospital was the only one in the Northern Emirates to offer this treatment. “This advanced life-saving treatment of ‘Intravenous Thrombolysis’ is a specialty of GMC Hospital, Ajman. We would soon be starting a full-fledged ‘Stroke Unit’ at the hospital,” he said.

GMC Hospital, Ajman

Apart from being the first JCI accredited hospital in Ajman, GMC Hospital – owned and operated by Thumbay Group, is also the first in Ajman to launch Cath Lab services. The hospital offers ultra-modern Cath Lab services round-the-clock, available at the lowest costs in the UAE. GMC Hospital also offers Angioplasty from the radial artery, which is highly convenient for the patient. The hospital’s Dialysis services are among the lowest-priced in the country. It also offers advanced treatments like bariatric surgery, plastic surgery etc., and specialties such as Pulmonology, Interventional Radiology, Neurology and Cardiology. GMC Hospital has also earned the reputation of providing maternity packages at the lowest costs, while ensuring excellent care.