By the end of December, OPD services at AIIMS will be shifted to a new facility in Masjid Moth — a move expected to ease the rush at the country’s top medical institute.
At present, OPD services are operational from Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur OPD block that caters to over 9,000 patients a day.
According to officials, the new OPD will be able to cater to 10,000 patients daily. As per the plan, once the shift is complete, the ground floor of the existing OPD block will be extended for emergency services, and the first and second floors will house chambers for faculty members and for academic purposes.
“Patient services will be available by the last week of December at the new facility. Most formalities have been completed and we are soon going to start the shifting process. In the first phase, OPD services and a blood collection centre will be made operational. Lab services will be shifted in phases,” said a senior AIIMS official.
“By April 2020, we will also move the surgical OPD, burn and plastic surgery departments into the new block,” added the official.
The newly constructed building in Masjid Moth has received clearances from the fire department. The hospital administration, in coordination with the New Delhi Municipal Council, has initiated work to fill up job posts.
Meanwhile, the institute has plans to change the face of the existing campus. As per the redevelopment plan, a convention centre, a guest house with 40 rooms, a hostel with over 4,500 rooms, and 500 residential units with allied car parking will be built.
Once completed, existing residential facilities at East Ansari Nagar to New Rajnagar (Trauma Centre) campus, Ayurvigyan Nagar and West Ansari Nagar will be relocated nearby.
Spread over 213 acres, the institute was established in 1956. At present, it has more than 2,400 beds and sees a daily footfall of almost 15,000 patients and attendants.
The estimated cost of the master plan is around Rs 10,345 crore, including Rs 1,000 crore for hiring manpower.