The Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) will soon have a zero-delay ward to treat trauma victims.

This will bring the hospital on a par with the three tertiary-care centres in the city. At present, doctors at the hospital refer seriously injured trauma-care patients to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

GRH superintendent N. Gunasekaran said the hospital would develop a 21-bed ward for the purpose. A plan is being drawn up now.

On Monday, health minister K.C. Veeramani inaugurated a five-bed intensive care unit for children at the hospital. “We have around 80 to 90 in-patients and 300 to 500 children in our out-patient ward. There are medical emergencies for which the new beds can be used,” said Dr. Gunasekaran.

The minister also commissioned a new centre for haemophilia treatment. At present, around 100 persons suffering from the blood disorder are registered with the hospital. More persons are expected to register as the treatment will be offered as a day-care procedure.

The hospital has forwarded a proposal to modernise its mortuary at a cost of nearly Rs. 2 crore. The morgue will have viewing galleries and capacity to store 60 bodies. Funds for upgrading the morgue were part of the budget proposal made by the Chief Minister. The hospital has earned Rs. 12 crore under the chief minister’s health insurance scheme.

A Central government grant has provided the hospital with Rs. 2 crore to build toilets for disabled persons.

The hospital is still awaiting equipment from the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation for the new surgery theatres to become operational.

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