Now, need not miss work to go to hospital, GMSH-16 begins evening eye, dental OPDs
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In a first, with an aim to bring relief to residents, who visit the OPDs for doctor's advice after missing work due to time constraints, the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, has started an evening OPD clinic in two departments.
Now, the doctors of the departments of oral health and ophthalmology (eye) will be available from 2 pm to 8 pm. For now, the OPDs of other specialties will function according to the regular schedule, from 8 am to 2 pm.
"The idea is to facilitate children and working patients, who are forced to take leave in order to come to the hospital. So we want to accommodate them, so that they can have better access to healthcare facilities at the hospital", said Dr Rajiv Vadehra, Director Health Services.
Vadehra added that only dental and eye OPDs had been initiated, and by March 12, the facility would be launched officially. Later, other disciplines will also be added to the evening shift.
At present, there are 16 doctors in the dental department and four doctors in the eye department of the hospital. There are 117 medical officers, 28 SMOs, 10 AMOs and 94 National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) staffs with the health department.
To run the OPDs in the evenings, the NRHM staff will work on a rotational basis, without disturbing the routine duties.
To begin with, rooms have been provided to the doctors on the fourth floor of the new OPD building. GMSH-16 is one of the oldest hospitals in the city and deals with the patients of the Tricity and nearby peripeheral villages.
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