Sharing beds may be the norm at the 135-bed Gynaecology and Obstetrics Ward at Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, Dilshad Garden, but the status quo is all set to change.
"A 300-bed mother and child health centre combining gynaecology and obstetrics and paediatric departments will be ready by June," said medical superintendent Dr U.C. Verma.
Verma says there is little the hospital can do about the bed-sharing, as everyone who needs treatment has to be accomodated.
“GTB Hospital hospital is a tertiary health centre and ideally only emergencies and referrals should come to us but this does not happen. We are forced to admit even normal delivery cases as we cannot turn away anyone,” said Dr Verma.
Even patients who have undergone surgeries are forced to share beds. “It's uncomfortable as both of us are in pain. Neither can sleep properly,” said Shail Devi, 62, who lives in
Old Seemapuri and is admitted for a surgery to remove her uterus.
“Since we share beds with other patients, our families cannot stay with us. My sister has to come from Meerut every morning to be with me and has to leave in the evening,” said Manju Gupta, 32, who is sharing a bed with Santosh Devi, 31.
The new centre is coming up next to the OT block and has seven floors.
“With the new centre the number of beds will almost double. This will also eliminate the risk of infection due to sharing beds, if any. The center will be functional in six months,” Dr Verma added.