With the first phase of the restoration of the 86-year-old KEM Hospital being wrapped up last week, patients can expect a more comfortable stay at the civic-run facility.
“KEM is a hospital for the common man. While we enrich it with technological advances, we also wanted to make patient stay more pleasant. We have also proposed at least three modular operation theatres in the redeveloped wing,” said hospital dean, Dr Sanjay Oak.
“I’m making an appeal to people to keep the surroundings clean.”
The redeveloped wing has more seats in the corridors, better lighting and tiled walls and floor.
The Rs 15-crore makeover was started in October 2009.
Departments such as obstetrics and gynaecology, plastic surgery and paediatrics have been shifted to the three-storey wing, which will be functional from next week.
The existing operation theatres will have better airflow systems and filters to keep the theatres sterile. In addition, all operation theatres and intensive care units will have automatic doors and microphones to keep the area secure.
Many useful changes have been made for the convenience of patients and surgeons.
“The labour ward will be air-conditioned for the comfort of the patients. Radio frequency tags for babies and biometric screening of hospital visitors are also in the offing,” said Dr Shashank Parulekar, head of department, obstetrics and gynecology.
“We are creating a special play area in the paediatrics’ ward. The new wards also have more space between the beds to avoid cross-contamination. Now the wards look bright and cheerful,” said Dr Beejal Sanghvi, associate professor, paediatric surgery.
As the hospital building is a heritage structure, problems such as leakages in the walls have also been addressed.
A separate procedure room is being created in the burns ward, which is a part of the plastic surgery department. This will help decrease cross infections between burns patients and plastic surgery patients in case of minor operations.
"A separate area has been designated as a photography area. Plastic surgery patients are photographed before and after the surgery. It helps us evaluate results and in record keeping," said Dr Vinita Puri, head of department, plastic surgery.
“There will be at least three more phases of restoration. We will start the second phase with a makeover of the medical intensive care unit and radiology department soon,” said Dr Oak.