AIIMS OPD services to resume on May 20
› All the departments will open up the clinics in a phased manner, beginning this week.
DR DK SHARMA, medical superintendent, AIIMS
NEW DELHI : After a hiatus of nearly two months, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is planning to restart its out-patient clinics on Wednesday with restricted consultations, according to hospital officials.
The clinics were shut on March 24, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Before that, at least 10,000 patients visited the OPD clinics each day, with around 40% arriving from other parts of the country.
The OPD services were stopped days after the second phase of the services were moved to a new block.
“We are planning to restart the out-patient clinics sometime this week. The number of people who will be allowed in the clinics every day will be restricted to maintain social distancing. All the departments will open up the clinics in a phased manner, beginning this week,” Dr DK Sharma, the medical superintendent of the hospital, said.
According to doctors of the hospital, the clinics are likely to resume services on Wednesday.
The hospital has been contemplating restarting the services from April-end, however, taking care of Covid-19 patients is drawing on most of the hospital’s manpower and resources.
With the hospital treating Covid-19 patients in its trauma centre on Ring Road and the cancer centre in Jhajjar, the main hospital has been handling emergency services, including the emergent and semi-emergent surgeries.
Three operating theatres have been running round-theclock in the hospital. The hospital has admitted at least 447 Covid-19 patients.
The doctors are, however, providing teleconsultation to patients who registered with them at the beginning of April.
Along with OPD, surgical services are also likely to be scaled up.
“Several patients who come to our OPD need admission and surgeries, hence we need to open up these services too,” Dr Sharma said.
AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria had earlier said simple surgeries such as gall stone removal and hernia will be started in the first phase as they need fewer days of admission and minimal use of ventilators.
Earlier this month, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain had asked Union health minister Harsh Vardhan to intervene to scale up non-Covid services at the city’s four Central government hospitals.
“I request that the central government dedicate one of its hospitals in Delhi for the treatment of Covid-19 patients and the others for non-Covid treatment. There have been cases of patients being refused routine treatment... I urge you to restart the other facilities for nonCovid patients,” Jain had said in the meeting held in the first week of this month.