The diabetes unit at Rashid Hospital was established in the year 2000.
Our mission is “Towards a better life with Diabetes.”
It aims to:
1. Offer state of the art medical care for patients with diabetes, and psycho-social support for patients and their families.
2. Raise community awareness about diabetes and its life threatening consequences
3. Participate in clinical research that aims at finding solutions to diabetes and its related complications.
4. Participate in training future doctors
The unit is run by a harmonious, highly qualified and dedicated team of doctors, diabetes educators and nutritionists and is supported by a wide range of state-of-the-art specialized services like radiology (X-ray), laboratory, clinical psychology, clinical nutrition, physical medicine and rehabilitation and diabetes link nurses.
Being situated in the heart of the prestigious Rashid Hospital, the diabetes unit collaborates with all other disciplines of surgery and medicine in the best interest of its patients and their families.
- Diabetes Unit Physicians:
Dr. Ghaida Kaddaha, Consultant Diabetologist and Head of the Diabetes Unit, Associate Professor of Medicine (Dubai Medical College for Girls) M.B.B.S, MRCP (UK), FRCP (London)
Dr Rima Tahan, American Board of Internal Medicine, Senior Specialist Registrar
Dr. Khadija Hafidh, MRCP (UK), Diploma in diabetes care (Warwick University- UK) Senior Specialist Registrar
Dr. Sameem Matto, MBBS, MD Specialist Registrar
Dr. Rumaisa Banatwala, MBBS, MD, MRCP (UK) Specialist Registrar
Dr. Nada Al Hashimi, MBBS (Ireland) Specialist Registrar
Dr. Ejaz Yasmeen MBBS, MDS specialist Registrar
1. Screening programs to prevent and detect early complications of diabetes such as those affecting the eyes, the kidneys and the feet, using state of the art fundus photography cameras and the latest equipment and devices.
2. Screening for factors that put people with diabetes at high risk for developing strokes, heart attacks, etc. and correcting them with the aim of reducing the risk of these deadly diseases.
3. Offering inpatient and outpatient medical care for patients with diabetes.
4. One-to-one and group diabetes education is provided by highly trained diabetes educators for patients and their caregivers to equip them with the skills that enable them to better self-manage their disease.
5. Nutritional advice provided by a specialized nutritionist.
6. Highly qualified clinical psychologists providing psychosocial support for diabetes patients and their caregivers.
7. Training young doctors and medical students.
The Diabetes Unit at Rashid Hospital has established itself as a nucleus for raising public awareness about diabetes and its deadly consequences and as such, has organized and participated in a wide range of public awareness campaigns. It also celebrates World Diabetes Day every year.
The following campaigns were the fruit of the pains-taking efforts of the diabetes unit:
1. HbA1c <7% : the first public awareness campaign about the seriousness of poorly controlled blood sugar.
2. Diabetes and obesity: to highlight to the public the serious consequences of being overweight and obese and their relation to diabetes.
3. Put your Feet First: this campaign was aimed at raising public awareness about the serious effects of diabetes on the feet and the possibility of limb loss if diabetes is neglected.
4. Diabetes in the underprivileged: this campaign highlighted the cry of the underprivileged who suffer from diabetes.
5. Diabetes in youth: this campaign which ran for two consecutive years was in collaboration with the Emirates Diabetes Society. It aimed at raising public awareness on the consequences of child and teen diabetes.
1. Flame of Hope: The Flame of Hope an initiative aimed at providing support to patients with diabetes as well as their families. It was instrumental in organizing a number of public awareness campaigns.
2. Diabetes Educators Training Course: Organized under the umbrella of the Continuing Education Department and the Staff and Professional Development Unit of Rashid Hospital. This was a first of its kind course (at the level of the Dubai Health Authority???) aimed at filling the lack of diabetes educators in the UAE.
3. Clinical Research: The Diabetes Unit at Rashid Hospital has established itself as a center for clinical research in the field of diabetes.
4. Registry: A registry is established for all diabetic patients being treated at the units’ outpatient clinics.
5. Audits: The unit continuously audits the services it provides to its clients and benchmarks itself against other centers of excellence in the field of diabetes
- Diabetology – Patient Education:
What is Diabetes
Sick Day Guide
Low Blood Sugar
Dealing with your diabetes during Ramadan
Diabetes Educators from 7.30 a.m. -2.30 p.m. (Monday to Thursday) on +971 -4-219-2257
Doctors of the unit through RH operator during working hours from 7.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday)