Expansion of Hospital Facilities (1 of 2)
Expansion of Hospital Facilities (1 of 2)

At the beginning of the First Five-Year Plan in 1970, there were only 74 hospitals in the Kingdom, with Riyadh Central Hospital as the only referral hospital. During the Second Plan (1975–80) five large referral hospitals were constructed and opened in various parts of the country. The five hospitals had 2,275 beds and cost a total of SR 3,500 million. During the Third Five-Year Plan (1980–5), 32 hospitals with 7,632 beds were built, costing approximately SR 9,100 million. By mid-1984, the King Khalid Specialist Eye Hospital was opened in Riyadh with a capacity of 220 beds and the ability to provide high-quality ophthalmic care. In 1985, 24 new hospitals with 5,306 beds and costing about SR 5,700 million were in operation.

King Khalid Specialist Eye Hospital, Riyadh Click to view high resolution version