Walk-in ca­su­alty ser­vice to cut rush at GTB emer­gency cen­tre

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its cit­i­zens?”

In Oc­to­ber, when the gov­ern­ment re­stricted ser­vices for about 10 days, the num­ber of pa­tients in its OPD and queues for medicine and di­ag­nos­tic tests had nearly halved, ac­cord­ing to Guru Teg Ba­hadur hospi­tal of­fi­cials.

“The big­gest dif­fer­ence was in the dis­pen­sary, where peo­ple got medicines within 10 to 15 min­utes in­stead of a cou­ple of hours that it usu­ally takes,” said Dr Su­nil Ku­mar, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of GTB hospi­tal.

Ad­vo­cate Ashok Agar­wal, who had chal­lenged the Delhi gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion in the high court, said, “The gov­ern­ment is just try­ing to ap­pease its vote bank. Health should be a fun­da­men­tal right and no one should be dis­crim­i­nated against based on where they live.”

“Be­sides, they only con­sider peo­ple with voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card from Delhi to be Delhi res­i­dents. This was said in the guide­lines. Why not ac­cept other iden­ti­fi­ca­tion proof? And, what about the rel­a­tives of peo­ple from other states who have now set­tled in Delhi? Should they not get treat­ment here just be­cause they do not have the voter ID?” he said. NEWDELHI: A 25-bed walk-in ca­su­alty was opened at the Guru Teg Ba­hadur hospi­tal on Satur­day with the aim of re­duc­ing the rush to its emer­gency de­part­ment.

The round-the-clock ser­vice will be staffed by two doc­tors and will treat emer­gency cases that re­quire short treat­ment time.

“At any emer­gency cen­tre, the doc­tor has to de­cide who re­quires the most ur­gent care. A pa­tient who comes in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion on a gur­ney should not be missed be­tween oth­ers with mi­nor in­juries like bro­ken bones or chest con­ges­tion,” said Dr Su­nil Ku­mar, med­i­cal di­rec­tor, GTB hospi­tal.

The hospi­tal re­ceives nearly 1,000 pa­tients in its emer­gency de­part­ment ev­ery day. “Doc­tors say that 70 to 80% pa­tients with emer­gency con­di­tion need im­me­di­ate care only for a short time,” Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal said, while in­au­gu­rat­ing the ser­vice. “If suc­cess­ful, this will be im­ple­mented in other hospi­tals too.”

“Most pa­tients com­ing here can be treated in just 30 to 60 min­utes and go home. How­ever, if the doc­tor thinks that some of the pa­tients are se­ri­ous and need ad­mis­sion, they can be moved to emer­gency de­part­ment,” he said.

Along with the walk-in ca­su­alty cen­tre, a new anti-ra­bies clinic too also opened. The three­room cen­tre with ded­i­cated staff, will treat pa­tients with an­i­mal bites. “The clinic also has a sep­a­rate wash­ing area — es­sen­tial, but miss­ing in most hospi­tals,” said Ku­mar.

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About 70% of pa­tients in the Hospi­tal are from out­side Delhi.

(Above) Out­side the walk-in ca­su­alty cen­tre; the wash­ing area in the anti-ra­bies clinic.

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