OP blocks in 8 medical colleges to be patient-friendly
Palakkad: Out-Patient (OP) blocks in eight medical college hospitals in the state will be made patient-friendly under the National Health Mission.
OP facilities in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Parippally, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Manjeri and Kozhikode medical colleges will be getting a facelift under the scheme.
The construction works in Thiruvananthapuram medical college are at the final stages and is expected to be completed in December.
Renovation works in the remaining medical colleges are progressing under the supervision of various agencies. Kerala State Housing Board is in charge of the OP renovation at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode medical colleges.
Works at Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur medical colleges will be carried out by Heights and Nirmithi Kendra is tasked with the renovation of Manjeri hospital.
All the renovation works are expected to be completed by March 2018, according to the engineering wing of the National Health Mission.
The new facilities to be implemented at OP include:
- Online registration facility for patients (also through mobile app)
- Amenities like additional chairs, drinking water, toilets (separate toilet facility for differently-abled), sign boards and televisions.
- Special consultation rooms for doctors
- Air-conditioned patient-examination rooms
- Patient co-ordinators to help patients
As much as Rs 51.81 crore has been allotted for the renovation of the OP facilities. The break-up of the fund allocation is as follows:
Thiruvananthapuram: Rs 7.63 crore
Kollam: Rs 5.05 crore
Alappuzha: Rs 4.13 crore
Kottayam: Rs 11.14 crore
Ernakulam: Rs 4.43 crore
Thrissur: Rs 5.64 crore
Manjeri: Rs 3.52 crore
Kozhikode: Rs 10.27 crore