In a move to give respite to patients from standing in long queues the PGIMER, Chandigarh, has launched online pre-registration of patients, on Saturday. Initially, the facility will be limited to 40 patients per day and will be available at the Advanced Eye Centre on a pilot basis, if it remains successful, the model will be replicated in the entire hospital.
“Within the next few weeks, this limit will be increased and the facility extended to other OPDs at PGIMER,” said PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar. Last year, the PGIMER examined around 20-lakh patients in its different OPDs. Out of the 20 lakh patients examined in various OPDs and special clinics at the PGIMER, around eight lakh were new patients who got registered at the institute for the first time.
How it works
On the institute website http://pgimer.edu.in, patients can register themselves for a visit to the Advanced Eye Centre (AEC) on a chosen date in the next one week. After keying in some basic information, a pre-registration number will be sent to their registered mobile number and e-mail ID.
By presenting this number at the special pre-registration counter in the AEC on the chosen day, an OPD card with a unique and permanent patient CR number will be generated within a minute. This permanent CR number will be used by the patient for all subsequent visits to the hospital to the AEC and all other departments. If the patient does not come to the OPD on the chosen day, they will have to re-register on the web.