KARNATAKA

OPD timings at Wenlock Hospital

Savitha Suresh Babu

Government order not clear



Already 24-hour service available for emergency cases

Hospital ready to implement change of timings



MANGALORE: The outpatient department’s (OPD) working hours at Government hospitals in the State was extended to 8.30 p.m. from 4.30 p.m. from July 2.

But, the Government Wenlock Hospital could not fall in line because it comes under the Department of Medical Education as it is attached to a medical college.

The Government Order on extension of working hours was issued by the department of Health and Family Welfare.

It is not clear whether the GO applies to hospitals attached to medical colleges.

J. Prabhudev, District Surgeon and Superintendent, Government Wenlock Hospital, told The Hindu that the hospital had planned to implement the GO from Thursday last but could not do so because of the confusion. “We have kept our facilities ready and are awaiting permission and allocation from the department of medical education”, he said.

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The doctor on-duty in the outpatient department will be paid Rs. 300 and the para-medical staff Rs. 100 per day for the extra hours as per the GO.

Even now, 24-hour service is available at the hospital for emergency cases. But with the extension of time, normal cases could also be attended, said Dr. Prabhudev.

The pharmacy and the laboratory will also be open during the extra hours, he added.

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