Heavy rush of patients at K.R. Hospital OPD
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Heavy rush of patients at K.R. Hospital OPD

July 4, 2022

Over 3,000 persons seeking medical care throng various counters

Mysore/Mysuru: Even as the Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) has drawn up plans to bring all outpatient department (OPD) services under one roof by establishing a new facility to decongest K.R. Hospital, hundreds of patients stand in separate queues to avail treatments daily.

Their wait extends to more than one hour during OPD hours as there is tremendous pressure on the hospital staff to cater to the needs of over 1,500 to 1,800 patients every day. The situation is worse on all Mondays as there is no OPD on Sundays.

Notably, the rush at K.R. Hospital is perpetual despite Mysuru having many other Government hospitals like the Cheluvamba Hospital, District Hospital, Trauma Care, PKTB Sanatorium, Princess Krishnajammanni Super Speciality Hospital, Seth Mohandas Tulsidas Maternity Hospital and ESI Hospital.

This morning, there were over 3,000 patients waiting in front of OPD counters. The Hospital has OPD service only from Monday to Friday and on Sunday, only the Department of Medicine has OPD with just one doctor. Rest of the working days, OPDs are open from 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm.

Patients run around

As there is no single OPD block, patients are forced to move from one end to another end of the K.R. Hospital — called Doddaspathre — and some of the OPD counters can’t even give OPD slips to patients due to the heavy rush.  Notably, the rush in the Hospital has crossed the pre-COVID time as now there are no restrictions on patient screening.

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Among the OPD counters, the demand is high for medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, casualty, minor OT, Ayushman Card counter and ophthalmology. This apart, there are counters for BPL cardholders to avail of slips that mention free treatment on them. Each counter has to handle a minimum of 250 to 300 patients and by the time the patients get their OPD slips, it is noon.

At present, the OPD rush is handled by the IPD-OPD block in Kantharaja Ward, surgical block or the stone building and there are separate counters for physiotherapy, ophthalmology and dermatology. Due to the huge crowd at the OPDs, on an average 400 to 500 admissions are made daily in the Hospital that has 1,050 beds.

Pressure high on staff

The pressure on beds is extremely high and patients have to wait for discharges to get admitted. Many opt for floor beds unable to wait for the beds as they desperately need medical attention. In many cases, all types of critical surgeries are postponed and patients are asked to come at a later date and even there is a shortage of critical equipment like ventilators.

In addition, the workload of doctors, nurses and Group D workers has increased manifold and there is a severe shortage of nurses and Group D  mployees too. The parking lot of the K.R. Hospital is a mess where patients and their attendants park their vehicles wherever they are able to park. In the absence of parking attendants and security guards early in the morning and night, many outsiders attending offices and businesses too park their vehicles for the whole day and take them out after 7 pm.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Heavy rush of patients at K.R. Hospital OPD”

  1. Kawakawaffoxgowda says:

    This is because ordinary patients, that is those who have no opportunity to demand hefty bribes in their jobs, are unable to meet the very high cost of private hospitals and clinics-there are literally hundreds of them, thanks to corrupt political leaders who encouraged them to be set up with links with them to get income Almost all the doctors in Mysore and else where in Karnataka got their medical degrees through backward caste reservation route, and have no clue about their patients ‘illness, but are prepared to fleece them. KR hospital has always been pathetic, with its specialists like N A Jadhav in 1960s, nicknamed ‘the Santhepet Merchant doctor’ as he demanded thousands of rupees even then tosee patients-although he worked at Kr Hospital and got hefty non -practising allowance. No wonder, Javeed Nayeem, a wealthy Muslim who got into medical college most probably through his religion, and then did MD under the above Jadhav. You are reading his column where he brandishes his credential as a MD! People like these charge patients hefty money, and still would have no clue about their illness! No wonder, Nayeem , a cardiologist, says, was rushed to a private hospital, a few years ago to undergo angioplasty himself! Most of the time, you are better off without these Indian doctors, who mostly will kill you through wrong diagnosis.

  2. Maverick jon says:

    Easy to sit in the comfort of your home and pass lengthy comments. Work of an idle mind.

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