All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar has started admission of indoor patients, giving boost to plans for starting its hospital by mid-next month.
The premier healthcare institution has activated around 30 beds in basic disciplines of medicine, general surgery and gynecology.
The beds have been temporarily set up at the Trauma Centre building, which will be used as Casualty and Emergency wing once the hospital gets going.
Indoor admissions have been complemented by start of pathological and microbiology laboratories to conduct all kinds of blood, stool, urine and other tests for the patients. Around three operations theatres (OTs) are also set to start functioning by Tuesday.
The OT set-ups are ready with infrastructure and are now under sterilisation processes to make them surgery-ready, sources said.
Advanced diagnostic facilities like CT Scan has also started functioning along with ultrasound and X-ray imaging services.
Sources expressed confidence that the hospital with 300 beds in the first phase would be launched within mid-January. The buildings are ready and installation of equipment and beds is in the final stages.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to inaugurate the hospital. The hospital would start with basic specialities of medicine, surgery gynaecology, pediatrics, opthalmology, orthopaedics along with cancer and some super speciality wings.
It will have three operation theatres, a casualty wing, a 10-bed ICU and three recovery beds, sources said.