The people who came from different hospitals around Abu Dhabi met at Khalifa A Clinic, where buses were waiting to take us to Yas Island. We got into the island around lunch time and were assisted to check in at Radisson Blu Hotel, the same hotel where we checked in last year. It is located just across the Formula One race track. We had our lunch at Asymetri restaurant located at the ground floor.
In the evening, we were picked up at the hotel lobby so we could check out the newly-built field tent hospital. It is now located much nearer to the race track, as compared to where it was set up last year.
The Field Tent Hospital is a 180-bedded facility equipped with an ER, hospital wards, Pharmacy, Laboratory, even Operating Rooms and ICUs. I saw the improvement in the construction of the tents, with comfort rooms stategically located inside the tents. Ah, what money can do! I wondered if only our government in the Philippines would be able to set up tent hospitals during disasters, more lives coud have been saved.
We later went back to the hotel to have our dinner – buffet at Asymetri. I later found out that I will be on day shifts for the rest of the week. It was a disappointment though because I was expecting to be on night shifts like last year. I love night shifts coz I could go around the island during the day. But, who am I to complain? So I decided to retire early to bed despite my friends’ offer to stay at the poolside to have some drinks.