GMSH-16 new OPD block set for formal inauguration

Finally, the much-awaited new OPD block of the city's oldest government hospital, the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, is set for a formal inauguration.

The project, which crossed several deadlines, is already partially functional, with OPDs of nine different specialties and maximum patient rush already made operational for the last month and a half in the block.

The OPDs currently being run from the new block are medicine, skin, orthopedics, physiotherapy, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, ENT and eye. Interestingly, ever since these OPD services have been shifted to the new block, the number of patients visiting the hospital has increased.

On an average, the OPD attendance of patients every day has almost doubled from what it used to be till a month ago. Statistics obtained from the hospital reveal that as against the average daily number of 2000-2500 patients, of late the OPD numbers have risen to 3000-3500 since the opening of the new OPD block.

During September, the total number of patients who received treatment in various departments at the hospital is 67,294 as against the 56,210 who received treatment in August at the same hospital prior to the making of the new OPD block partially functional - an increase of 11,084 patients or twenty per cent. The number of patients who received treatment in October saw a further jump to 68,443. This is despite the fact the hospital is reeling under a severe shortage of doctors and paramedical staff.

Dr Rajiv Vadehra, Medical Superintendent cum officiating director, Health Services, said, "With each passing day, we are striving to provide better facilities to patients even as work goes on".

Once the new OPD block is made fully functional, it will have the facility of digital X-rays which will be put on the server of the hospital. This will help the doctors see the X-ray reports of patients on their computer screens and will save the patients from carrying the huge X-ray films along with them to each doctor they visit in the hospital.

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