Bhopal: Preparations are in full swing to start a 24×7 full fledged All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Hospital, with bed strength increased to 350. Recruitment of doctors is also gathering pace, alongside construction at AIIMS Bhopal.
With the central government drive to purchase equipment for the six new AIIMS underway, Bhopal’s institute is also to be benefited with a few high end interventions in the coming weeks.
“We are adding more floor space. The bed strength will double by March. Recruitment of doctors, nurses and other staff is on. We have added new staff and more patient services would follow,” said Director (in charge), AIIMS, Bhopal, Dr Nitin Nagarkar. Dr Nagarkar is also the Director for AIIMS, Raipur.
In the recruitment area the hospital is on a new up with 200 nurses having been appointed on contractual basis. Interviews for junior/senior doctor appointments on contractual basis are on and 50 new contractual appointments are likely to be taken up.
“The first phase of recruitment for regular faculty is scheduled from January 27 to 30. Seven major facilities— psychiatry, ophthalmology, oncology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology — will benefit from this,” said Dr KC Tamaria, Medical Superintendent, AIIMS Bhopal.
Paucity of staff, is one of the shortcomings cited for the premier institute that commenced construction in 2012.
“Four more trauma operation theaters are also being added. Maternity will be a full-fledged wing. From March 31, a 24×7 medical emergency service will also be rolled out,” said Tamaria
Rs 25, for admission fee, would allow general patients to avail world class medical services, while hospitalization would involve a mere Rs 35 charge per day. The treatment in intensive care for private ward patients will be Rs 1,000 per day In the medical tests category- an ultrasound sonography test would cost Rs 25, a coronary angioplasty is listed at Rs 19,000 — with additional cost of balloon, stent and drugs depending on patient need. A heart transplant will amount to around Rs 1.2 lac.
Last week officials of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and top officials of AIIMS Bhopal met in New Delhi to discuss the progress made till now in the establishment of the Institute at Bhopal ewpoera the TOI .
Thirty exceptional consultants provide care at the OPD, the footfall of which averages at 30,000 patients a month.
AIIMS administration expects 350 beds to be available for patients care in the hospital. MRI, CT scan and X-ray services are already open to the public.
The start of 24×7 hospital services will follow the start of diagnostic services.CT scan, MRI are critical for emergency services with operation theaters and an Intensive Care Unit on standby.