Five months after a fire at east Delhi’s Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, one of the two emergency operation theatres (OTs) remain shut. The result: A huge backlog of surgeries. Against the 17-18 surgeries that were done on an average per day earlier, just 7-8 are being done right now.
The 1,000-bed hospital caters to east Delhi and adjoining areas.
After a fire broke out in the trauma centre five months ago, one emergency OT was shut due to a fault in the wiring. Only one emergency OT functions now.
“Earlier, there were two emergency OTs in the hospital. The one that is blocked had four tables, of which three were functional. After the fire broke out and due to a shortage of senior residents, all operations had to be shifted to the gynae emergency OT later,” said a senior resident doctor at the hospital.
“The gynae emergency OT has two tables. One caters to gynae patients and the other to multi-injury patients. We’ve pleaded with the medical superintendent several times to start the emergency OT but nothing has progressed in the past five months. The patients and the junior doctors are suffering. In some occasions, cases are referred to other hospitals. The PG students don’t get tables for practical work,” the doctor added.
In normal circumstances, open surgeries are required to be carried out in six hours, but at GTB hospital, the biggest in east Delhi, patients have to wait for three-four days, a source said.
A young boy, aged 18, fell from a terrace and fractured his hand, leg and jaw. He was admitted to hospital three days ago but is still waiting to be operated upon. “The doctors are saying there is no operation theatre,” the patient’s father, a resident of New Seemapuri said.
On being asked about the delay, medical superintendent Dr Rajpal said, “Six months is routine to get the process going. The PWD prepared the estimate for the emergency OT after the requisition was given by the Anaesthesia HOD. The amount was sanctioned and the tender was floated. Normally, it takes 4-6 weeks to float the tender and two weeks to award the project to the contractor. The work will start in few days.”