It has only 2,200 beds and less than 1,000 faculty members but the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) admits nearly two lakh patients every year and treats many more at its outpatient departments.
Bursting at its seams, the premier medical teaching and referral centre is soon going into an expansion mode to cater to the ever-increasing rush of patients. The expansion plans of AIIMS were recently approved by the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC), albeit with some observations.
Construction work is expected to start soon at both AIIMS and the AIIMS Trauma Centre.
The plans submitted to DUAC included additions and alterations for expanding the AIIMS Trauma Centre, a surgical block, mother and child block and OPD Block at the Masjid Moth AIIMS Campus and a cafeteria block at the AIIMS Campus.
The DUAC found the proposal for AIIMS Trauma Centre “acceptable” but with the observation that the quality of layout model submitted was poor.
The commission suggested that the architect should submit at least some perspective views of the proposal.
For the rest of the projects, the commission has decided that the approval will be given after the master plan of the campus is approved completely by the project’s architects.
The master plan of the AIIMS complex is yet to be submitted.
“The expansion will happen in phases and when completed, it will almost double the hospital’s capacity,” said Dr DK Sharma, medical superintendent, AIIMS. “After the DUAC approval, we now have to get the money for construction sanctioned by the government, followed by the tendering process. Once work starts, the first buildings will come up in three years,” he said.
“The expansion of the AIIMS campus means that the waiting list of patients will get shorter, more facilities will be available and there will be better patient care,” said Dr MC Misra, chief of the AIIMS Trauma Centre. “This also means better training for the AIIMS faculty,” he said.