Hyderabad: Decks are being cleared to introduce inpatient facilities at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Bibinagar, by next March. Last week, the facility reached another major milestone when health authorities introduced cardiology outpatient department for patients from the region.
Since last March, a dedicated staff of 28, including 17 doctors, is providing outpatient facilities in general surgery, general medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology and orthopaedics. The cardiology outpatient department is the latest addition and is a big step towards a fully operational NIMS Bibinagar. In the last one year, the facility has gradually become a go-to destination for patients residing along the Uppal-Bhongir National Highway.
In the last one-year, doctors at NIMS Bibinagar have provided consultation to 30,000 patients, took up nearly 20,000 investigations and conducted 1,000 minor elective surgeries. With the outpatient facilities getting stabilised, the focus has now shifted on opening the inpatient facilities at the hospital. Procurement of furniture and medical equipment for the inpatient facilities is under way.
“We aim at adding 200 beds in the coming months and start the inpatient facilities at NIMS Bibinagar. At present, heavy civil works and redesigning of several internal wards is under way,” Dr L Maheswar, in-charge Superintendent of NIMS, said.
Civil works are also under way in the cellar, ground and first floor of the building, which was constructed at a cost of Rs 73 crore. According to senior health authorities, the human resources needed for launching the inpatient facilities have been sanctioned. Officials familiar with the issue said 1,472 additional staff — 872 regular employees and 599 on outsourcing basis – will be recruited.
The Bibinagar facility has a hoary past. For close to seven-and-half years, the Rs 73 crore ‘cold shell’ building was left unused. Spread over 161 acres and offering nearly 8 lakh sft of space, the building was just plain walls, bereft of ventilation, air conditioning, heating or electricity. For the past 18 months, efforts were on to install essential utilities such as fire safety, internal medical gases, air-conditioning and electricity on all floors. Plans are also afoot to have a hospital pneumatic tube system, which will enable speedy transport of blood and urine samples to the lab instead of depending on manpower. The long term plan of authorities is to develop NIMS Bibinagar into a 100-seat MBBS and super-speciality teaching college.