Plans to apply for accreditation by end of 2013

The Government Hospital (GH), Tirupattur, has initiated the process for obtaining accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).

A. Kennedy, project coordinator of Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP), Vellore, told The Hindu that the State government had selected the Tirupattur hospital for NABH accreditation. “There are standards to be fulfilled for the accreditation and we are in the process of preparing the hospitals,” he said.

In order to obtain NABH accreditation, hospitals should fulfil 102 standards and 636 objective elements, he said, adding, “Infrastructure has to be developed. For this, we had sent a proposal for a building and a sum of Rs. 4.4 crore has been allocated. We have also started training programmes for doctors and nurses of the Tirupattur Government Hospital.”

In NABH standards, there are 10 chapters, of which five are patient-centred concentrating on benefitting patients. The remaining are on management processes to improve the hospital. Doctors and nurses are being trained chapter-wise, he explained.

The hospital administration on Tuesday informed the team from World Bank that the process for getting NABH accreditation had commenced in January this year. Various committees had been formed and gaps identified. Some of the gaps were absence of separate medical records department and lack of modern kitchen at the hospital.

The World Bank team led by expert adviser Sundararajan asked the hospital administration on the estimated timeline to complete the process for NABH accreditation. The doctors said that they were planning to apply for the accreditation by the end of 2013.

Skill development training to healthcare providers was also being carried out at the hospital. Quality of services was being ensured by way of quality care indicators, the authorities added.

A senior doctor of the Tirupattur Government Hospital said NABH accreditation would ensure standardisation of the hospital. “Quality of healthcare facilities and services need to be improved to meet the parameters laid down for obtaining NABH accreditation. The standard of medical and paramedical staff, laboratory, wards and all other facilities should go up,” he said.