Hospital also proposes to establish a 24-hour trauma care centre, introduce Electro Convulsion Therapy

The District Headquarters Hospital here has proposed to establish a 24-hour Trauma care centre, introduce Electro Convulsion Therapy and the much-awaited dialysis service, Hospital Superintendent D.K. Krishnamurthy has said.

Giving details of the new facilities coming up at the hospital being upgraded to the level of a medical college hospital, he said the Nephrology unit with Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants had been established at a cost of Rs.25 lakh and orders had been placed for the purchase of two haemodialysis machines for Rs.13 lakh.

The unit, which would start functioning in the first week of January, would go a long way in helping renal failure patients required to undergo haemodialysis, especially the poor as the service would be free of cost, he said.

The unit had infrastructure facilities for three more dialysis units. This was probably the second Headquarters Hospital in the State to have dialysis facilities after Cuddalore Government HQ Hospital, he added.

Presently, patients required to undergo dialysis were being referred to the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai, he said.

Private hospitals charged up to Rs.5,000 per dialysis.

He said the hospital proposed to set up a trauma care unit to treat head injury cases. “We need at least five orthopaedics to start the round-the-clock unit,” he told The Hindu

There was a need for a neurosurgery unit to treat accident victims but it could not be established for want of a full-time neurosurgeon.

The hospital had no provision to appoint a full-time neurosurgeon, but could only hire the services.

“We can hire the services of a neurosurgeon but no one has expressed willingness,” he said.

Presently the hospital received 15 to 20 head injury cases a month, mostly road accident victims and those required neurosurgery care were being referred to Madurai, he added.

Dr. Krishnamurthy said an Electro Convulsion Therapy unit, set up at a cost of Rs.50,000, would be introduced for the benefit of mentally ill patients.

A new Psychiatric Outpatient unit would start functioning on Friday, he also added.

The hospital was visited by about 1,700 outpatients a day.

The number of inpatients was expected to go up from the existing 400 after the completion of the new 100-bedded ward, he added.