TAMIL NADU

Hospital ready for inspection

With the territorial government expecting an inspection of the newly built medical college and hospital at Tattanchavady in the coming week, efforts to make sure that all deficiencies cited by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in the last inspection are set right to facilitate the approval for the medical college. It is also to be noted that the government has planned to gradually shift the existing General Hospital to the newly built hospital at Tattanchavady.

According to a senior official at the new hospital, as on Monday, 260 beds out of the available capacity of 300 have been occupied by patients. All the wards including surgery and causality are functioning to capacity. At the moment, eight to nine surgeries are being conducted everyday which is inclusive of those in the maternity wards.

The official said that machinery, including the required X-ray machines and laboratories, are in place and all diagnosis, except those belonging to super-speciality wards, are being conducted in the new hospital itself. The number of patients visiting the out-patient wards is about 500 a day.

The construction work for increasing the capacity as per the MCI norms are also under way and by next year, the capacity would be increased to the mandatory 415 beds, the official said. At the end of fifth year, the hospital is expected to have 750 beds.

The new hospital also houses a sophisticated casualty ward with ICU and Intensive Critical Care Unit (ICCU) facilities. The official said that the staff working in the hospital are highly qualified as they function as teaching staff in the college also. A senior official of the Health Department said that the existing general hospital will function as a super specialty hospital for the time being till the entire required infrastructure for the full functioning of the new hospital is completed.

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