2004 News Story

Crown Prince opens Medical City and launches telemedicine network

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz officially opened in Riyadh today the King Fahd Medical City. He then launched the national telemedicine network that links 16 hospitals in the Kingdom, making it possible for rural hospitals to transfer diagnoses and x-ray test results, and consult with the center in Riyadh where more advanced technologies and more experienced staff are available.

The 1,095-bed complex comprises four hospitals: a 459-bed general hospital with specialized clinics to treat chronic diseases and a 50-bed rehabilitation unit; a 300-bed children’s hospital; a 250-bed maternity hospital; and a psychiatric hospital. There is also an ambulatory care building, and a community center that has a mosque, a shopping center, a school, a day-care center and recreational facilities.