Volume 2022 Number 1
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094


: In response to the declaration of COVID-19 reaching pandemic status, Mesaieed General Hospital (MGH) was commissioned in record time1. A multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals effectively worked together to confront the challenges and changing demands that arose due to the crisis2. This work aims to describe the systematic approach used in our newly opened hospital in preparation for the national surges of COVID-19 cases. : This is a clinical audit of MGH's preparation as a COVID-19 facility during the first and second waves of the pandemic in Qatar, utilizing the Comprehensive Hospital Agile Preparedness (CHAPs) tool3. The six essential domains of the tool are: workforce, infrastructure, supply and equipment, service reconfiguration, data and information technology, and communications (Table 1). : During the first wave, the multidisciplinary team and leaders encountered challenges in all domains of the CHAPs tool. These six key areas in preparing the hospital and the systems from the previous surge benefited us in managing the second wave which demonstrated significant improvements in five domains except for the workforce (Table 2). Despite having Corporate Nursing workforce in charge of the manpower pool from various facilities, temporary COVID-19 Registered Nurses and newly hired overseas staff have different nursing educational backgrounds, experience, and levels of expertise. This remains a challenge since most of the patients in the second wave were sicker and more critically-ill. It is essential to provide upskilling programs for nurses to improve their knowledge and abilities. : This clinical audit concludes that the experiences and lessons learnt through MGH's COVID-19 pandemic preparation from the first to second wave have taught the team significantly to proactively address concerns to mitigate for similar pandemic situations in the future, particularly in preparation for the 2022 World Cup where influx of delegates and guests are expected to visit the country amidst the ongoing pandemic.


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