Departments operating from the Civil Hospital in Civil Lines are expected to be shifted to other government clinics before June 15, to make way for renovation, officials said.
The hospital currently has 200 beds, and is in line to be upgraded to a 300-bed multi super-specialty hospital. While a deadline has not been set for completion of the renovations, officials said work should begin as soon as all departments are shifted.
The hospital’s out-patient department is visited by 2,000 patients a day, as per officials.
The emergency and casualty department will operate out of the Civil Hospital in Sector 10 from May 20, health department officials said. The 70-bed gynaecology department was shifted to Sector 10 earlier this month. The district early intervention centre, which treats children suffering from congenital diseases, will also be moved to Sector 10, along with CT scan services, pharmacies and the office of the principal medical officer.
The surgery, medicine and orthopaedic departments will be moved to a polyclinic in Sector 31 as soon as repair and renovations there are finished, BK Rajora, civil surgeon, said. “These should not take more than a month. Hence, we are aiming for June 15,” Rajora added.
However, officials added, even after the departments are shifted to the designated places, two to three medical officers will be stationed at the Civil Lines hospital building for at least a few weeks to treat walk-in patients. “However, no admissions will take place in Civil Lines,” Rajora said.
Rajora said he could not confirm when the hospital will be functional again, but added that he expects work to be over by the end of 2020.
The hospital, built in 1967, and is in dire need of repairs. Hospital staff said they had, on several instances, witnessed chunks of concrete falling off the ceiling. The Public Works Department (PWD) had, in 2017, stated in a report that the building wasn’t fit to be used and needed renovation.
Officials said the hospital, currently spread over seven acres, will be expanded to nine acres by using a portion of land from a government school adjacent. However, talks for land acquisition are still on. “Building a super-specialty hospital is our priority and we will set a deadline for the same soon,” deputy commissioner Amit Khatri said.
May 16, 2019 03:24 IST
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