In an effort to improve emergency healthcare services, all 22 district hospitals of the state were provided mobile phones with their contact numbers shared with 108 ambulances to ferry patients to the hospital, all necessary arrangements made well before arrival.
The new mobile phones were given to emergency medical officers. The mobile phone will change hands according to shifts. This move is aimed at reducing the response time during an emergency case. These phones facilitate only incoming calls to avoid misuse.
Earlier, there was no facility as the patient was simply brought by the ambulance staff to the hospital which delayed treatment.
The emergency ward of Shaheed Babu Lahb Singh Civil Hospital lacks a landline number. But the registered number 0181-2227006, as per records, is out of service. However, a board displaying the doctor’s number is installed at the emergency ward but there is no such public helpline.
But now, the civil hospital’s mobile number (91156-07750) can be accessed by the public to inform of any emergency.
A senior doctor said the staff of each ambulance in the district has been provided with the emergency numbers and instructed to convey all the details of the patient they were carrying to the district hospital.
He said this will give information to them about the patient’s condition beforehand that can aid in saving more lives. Apart from the 22 district hospitals, three medical colleges have also been provided the mobile numbers by the department.
He also said the emergency ward gets a large number of burn cases every year in and around Diwali, and this helpline will be a boon for the arrangements to ensure timely treatment for such patients.
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