THE CASUALTY Medical Officers (CMO) on night duty at Hamidia Hospital’s emergency ward would now be delegated powers of superintendent from 8 pm to 8 am. These CMOs would thus be able to directly refer patients with critical head injuries for undergoing CT scan without having to take prior permission from the superintendent, which was the practice till now.
Besides, CMOs have been empowered for prescribing emergency medication free of cost to poor patients during night emergency. This would save precious time, as patient’s attendants would be able to get those medicines from the nearby cooperative store only instead of having to run to the hospital’s central medicine depot that is quite far from the emergency ward.
“We have taken several steps to further streamline emergency medical services and create an amicable atmosphere in the hospital,’’ superintendent Dr S C Tiwari told Hindustan Times today. Dr Tiwari stated it has been decided to add six more ward boys and sweepers on night duty in the emergency to expedite the shifting of serious patients to wards and ease accessibility to stretchers and other facilities.
For patients’ convenience doctors concerned would now come to the emergency wing instead of patients having to run after the doctors. “Orthopaedics, medicine and surgery department doctors have been particularly told to visit the 10-bedded emergency wing instead of calling serious patients to their respective chambers, specially at night,’’ emphasised Dr Tiwari.
Moreover, all doctors on night duty including the CMOs have been directed to wear aprons with nameplates compulsorily. “This would avoid any unnecessary confusions that lead to frayed tempers,’’ maintained the superintendent. He said the Dean had issued instructions for assigning night duties to the Assistant Surgeons who are posted at Hamidia hospital.
The emergency ward’s trolley and stretcher have been painted blue to differentiate them from those of other wards. “Many times trolleys from emergency ward are left behind in other wards without being noticed and that creates unnecessary shortage here,’’ said Dr Tiwari.
He said CMOs could now order CT scans without waiting for his nod in the night and he would sign the respective slips next day. Similarly, poor patients can now avail free emergency medicines from the cooperative store on presenting a slip signed by respective CMO. “We would replace such medicines in the store the next day from hospital’s medicine depot,’’ maintained Dr Tiwari.
Gandhi Medical College (GMC) Dean Dr Nirbhay Srivastava also called a meeting today morning, attended by junior doctors, specially the CMOs. GMC Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) president Dr Vineet Gour said the aim of the meeting was to find ways of ensuring maximum utilisation of available resources.
“It is imperative to restore mutual respect and understanding between doctors and patients and necessarily avoid any future flare ups,’’ Dr Gour asserted. He said another meeting of junior doctors had been convened on February 2. “We will deliberate upon ways to re-establish cordial patient-doctor relationship, especially during emergency at nights,’’ Dr Gour maintained.