Hyderabad: A massive exercise to strengthen the existing emergency medical services, outpatient facilities and most significantly diagnostic laboratories is underway at the State-run Gandhi Hospital.
In the coming months, the hospital is going to add close to 110 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, out of which already 65 beds under the Acute Medical Care (AMC) are ready and will be inaugurated by the Governor before July 20.
Developed at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore, the state-of-the-art 65-bed ICU will be the much needed breather to the hospital’s existing casualty wing and general wards, which are overflowing with patients needing emergency care.
The average casualty inflow at Gandhi Hospital on a daily basis hovers between 250 and 350 patients and the existing 30 beds at the casualty and another 30 at the AMC wards were woefully short. This had forced doctors to shift some of the patients to general medicine recovery wards, which made extending treatment to such patients a logistical nightmare.
“The patient inflow at the casualty ward is so heavy that we are struggling to provide proper medical attention to them. These 110 hi-tech ICU beds will go a long way in easing the pressure and improving the quality of healthcare,” says Superintendent, Gandhi Hospital, Dr. P. Shravan Kumar.
To manage these additional ICU beds, the hospital needs close to 100 nurses, another 60 odd paramedical staff, ward boys, persons with dedicated task of receiving and transporting patients on wheelchairs and stretchers. To be able to extend these services, close to 250 additional health care workers will be recruited by the State government.
Centralised lab, diagnostic facility
For decades patients at Gandhi Hospital had to spend money from their pockets to get high-end diagnostic tests done at private diagnostic facilities. However, this could be a thing of the past after the commissioning of the proposed centralised laboratory.
For the first time in the State, the health authorities have decided to have a centralised round-the-clock diagnostic centre at the State-run tertiary hospital. Doing away with the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode, senior doctors said the central lab will be fully State-supported.
The entire ground floor of the outpatient building, which houses a host of medical departments is being vacated to make way for the centralised laboratory. At present, close to 12 different medical departments are being shifted and their new places are being reassigned by the hospital management. “It’s not easy to vacate and allot new working areas for outpatient blocks.
Despite logistics issues, we want this project to come through at Gandhi Hospital. Apart from white cardholders, the lab facility will be open for outsiders,” he said.
Round-the-clock cardiac services including 2D ECHO, ECG, CT Scan, ultrasound and even an MRI will be available for patients in the centralised lab. To cut down the need of personnel transporting patient samples from one lab to another, authorities are coming up with an internal pneumatic tube system to transport samples.