The Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme has brought Rs. 16 crore to the hospital, which has treated 8,879 patients under the scheme since March 2012, said Hospital Dean R. Vimala.
The hospital has submitted a proposal to the State Government seeking funds to establish a catheterisation laboratory at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.
The hospital has set up air-conditioned wards exclusively for patients covered under this scheme at the Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments with 16 beds each, she told The Hindu.
Besides, a common pay ward with 32 beds too has been set up. Beds have been allotted to ENT, paediatrics, and surgical wards, she said.
While 60 per cent of the revenue was used to purchase consumables for the respective departments generating the funds, 25 per cent was used to augment common infrastructure, 12.5 per cent was disbursed as incentives for doctors and paramedical staff, and the remaining 2.5 per cent went to a corpus fund.
The revenue was used to fund the zero-delay ward, renovate casualty ward and intensive care unit.
The Emergency Operation Theatre, which was lying unused till recently for want of repair works, too was revived.
The labour ward of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department received a major facelift.
Dr. Vimala said that a steam kitchen was established to provide food prepared in hygienic conditions for patients.
The kitchen at the staff nurses quarters was also renovated.
A separate building was opened recently for the endoscopy clinic.
“Another major benefit from the insurance scheme is that the hospital is able to purchase costly drugs quickly.
This has benefited patients from weaker sections of society,” she added.
The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department of the hospital has installed an Image Guided Navigation system.
V. Aravinthan, Head of the department, said that the Rs. 55 lakh to purchase the equipment was generated through the health insurance scheme. The equipment was imported from the U.S. It was being used to perform precise endoscopic nasal and skull base surgeries. So far, surgeries had been performed on five patients using this equipment.
He said that it was used to remove brain tumours that developed at the base of the skull, through the nose. With the distance between brain and nose being 1mm, this instrument provided the necessary accuracy to perform such surgeries.
A hospital laboratory technician was being provided training by the company that supplied the equipment to maintain it.
Dr. Aravinthan said that the Department had generated Rs. 1.76 crore under the insurance scheme.
Other equipment purchased include Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (Rs. 11.5 lakh), used to screen newborn babies for visual impairment, CO2 laser (Rs. 6.5 lakh), for performing surgeries in ear, nasal and oral cavities and pharynx besides a coblator (Rs. 7.5 lakh), used for surgeries in larynx and oropharynx. The ENT ward was also going to perform cochlear implantation soon.
According to R. Venkatesh, Assistant Professor of the Neuro-surgery Department, the department recently procured C-Arm, a portable imaging system, at a cost of Rs. 18 lakh. It was used in a variety of surgical procedures such as cardiology, orthopaedics and urology.
The department has two ventilators, a high-end operation theatre and surgical instruments, each worth Rs. 5 lakh, besides suction equipment for Rs. 3 lakh. It was planning to procure operating microscopes soon.