VISAKHAPATNAM: After finding it difficult to carry stretchers from one floor to another by staircase, the authorities of King George Hospital (KGH) had put forward proposals for ramps and elevators at various blocks.
A ramp connecting Bhavanagar and Rajendra Prasad wards is being constructed by Andhra Pradesh Medical Service and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMSIDC) and is expected to be ready by August-end. “The ramp connecting both the wards is almost completed.
The Equip Medical Care is located at the Bhavanagar ward and the doctors needed a ramp to offer uninterrupted medical care,” said KGH superintendent M Madhusudhana Babu, adding that another ramp would be constructed from the ground floor to the trauma ward of the present casualty block.
The new block for casualty wing scheduled to be open in July is likely to start its operation from September.
The three-storey block, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of `3.5 crore, beside the present casualty block, would have 30 beds on its ground floor. The facility will also have an intensive respiratory care unit on the first floor and transfusion medicine department on the second floor.
“To provide sufficient place for the blood bank to conduct its activities, the blood bank would be shifted to the second floor of the new casualty block along with transfusion medicine department,” added the superintendent.
A post-graduate course in transfusion medicine would be started by the Pathology department of Andhra Medical College (AMC) shortly, said the KGH superintendent.
New elevators to be set up at KGH
The CMR group has promised to donate an elevator for the new casualty block.
Besides the five new elevators at the super speciality block, two new ones at the three-storey blocks of KGH-administrative block and present casualty block- have been set up. The elevator at the administarative block started functioning this month and the lift at casualty block would function from August first week.
“We face a lot of inconvenience as there is neither a ramp nor a lift at the casualty block.
The neurosurgery ward is located on the third floor and it becomes difficult to climb up and down so many times,” said mother of a patient udergoing treatment on the third floor.