Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday issued instructions for converting Lok Nayak hospital in Central Delhi and Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in East Delhi into model hospitals, passing orders for modernisation of infrastructure and sanitation facilities, as well as expediting ongoing projects at both centres.
On a visit to LN Hospital on Tuesday, among other suggestions, Jung is learnt to have voiced concern over the catering facilities and the food being served to patients.
“We recently roped in the Delhi Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology to help us improve our catering services and suggest new options in diets prescribed for our patients. We informed the L-G about this,” an official said.
The L-G is also learnt to have directed the authorities at LN Hospital to expedite the opening of a seven-floor OPD building, which has been under construction for the last three years, to ease the crowd at the existing OPD building.
The building will have a dedicated floor for major specialties: medicine, gynaecology, orthopaedics and a pharmacy on the ground floor.
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During his visit, Jung said, “Hospitals are critical for any city, but more so for a city like Delhi, which caters not just to the residents of Delhi, but to thousands of patients who come from outside the capital, seeking medical help. It becomes all the more necessary for hospitals to be equipped, so that they can live up to the growing needs of patients.”
Jung also highlighted the need to provide a comfortable ambience to patients and suggested that the hospital construct a dedicated area for patients, especially children.
On March 16, the L-G had conducted a meeting to review the functioning of hospitals after which he constituted a committee under secretary (finance) — with secretary (health) and secretary (PWD) as members. It was directed to convert LN Hospital and GTB Hospital into model hospitals.
Under the plan, LN Hospital will be the first to shift its entire records to computers, maintaining records of every patient attending the OPD or admitted for treatment, hospital laboratories and radio-diagnostics like X-ray and CT scans.
GTB hospital will adopt a similar software to promote a good referral system between hospitals, where consultants at different hospitals can easily access patient records.
The L-G also issued instructions to expedite the start of specialty units at GTB hospital like a diabetes and endocrinology block, and make its mother and child unit fully functional.
“Since the opening of the adjoining Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital is getting delayed, specialty units like cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology and neurology, which were planned to be started here, are getting delayed. So, we are trying to speed up the inauguration of the specialty block planned at GTB Hospital,” an official said.
Officials said the model hospital plan was conceptualised by the L-G with a view to improve “patientcare facilities, OPD facilities, drug availability, general upkeep and sanitation, and security and infrastructure of the hospitals”.