Government Raja Sir Ramaswamy Mudaliar (RSRM) Lying-in Hospital at Royapuram now has a modern air-conditioned labour room.

Parts of the hospital’s labour complex, including the waiting room, labour room, baby resuscitation room and baby showing room were renovated recently. A total of Rs. 32.15 lakh was spent on the work – Rs. 21 lakh from the Hanumantha Rao Trust, established by the family of the hospital’s founder Raja Sir Ramaswamy Mudaliar, Rs. 9 lakh from the health department and Rs. 2.15 lakh from the Chief Minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme, said hospital superintendent V. Kalaivani. The renovated facilities will be put to use from Monday.

The labour room has been completely modernised, with curtains between beds, designer lamps, a few state-of-the-art adjustable labour cots and better flooring, Dr. Kalaivani said

The newborn intensive care unit at the hospital has also been renovated and expanded at a cost of Rs. 13.8 lakh from the National Rural Health Mission and Rs. 4 lakh from the insurance scheme. The unit now has 45 beds.

“We are planning to install cameras on each of the cradles in the unit. The cameras will be linked to a central control room. This will enable us to monitor the condition of the babies and attend to sick babies immediately,” she said.

The hospital laboratory, which used to function from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., has now become a 24-hour facility. The laboratory has also been renovated.

“We used to send samples for testing to Government Stanley Medical College Hospital in the afternoon and at night. Now, our lab will function round-the-clock,” Dr. Kalaivani said.

State health minister K.C. Veeramani inaugurated the facilities on Saturday. Dean of Government Stanley Hospital, S. Geethalakshmi also participated in the programme.

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