BENGALURU: 56-year-old Mohammed Shabeer with anal abscess was shunted between K C General Hospital and Victoria Hospital for the lack of a bed on Friday. While the Emergency and Trauma Care Hospital’s 120 beds were full, Shabeer was kept in the accident and emergency ward after draining his abscess. The family went to K C General Hospital who refused him admission for the lack of a septic OT. He came back to Victoria Hospital and got a bed after the passing of a critical patient.
He got a bed only in the afternoon on Saturday evening after much ado in the television channels. Shabeer’s wife, Shameenu, while attending to her husband on the third-floor of the hospital, on Saturday, told Express, “Our struggle started when we first reached K C General Hospital in Malleshwaram at 4 pm on Friday. They referred us to Victoria Hospital. On coming here in an ambulance Victoria Hospital authorities said there is no bed, we went back to K C General Hospital. They refused to treat us, so we came back here. After approaching TV channels we got a bed finally.”
Dr Aseema Banu, Nodal officer, Emergency and Trauma Care Centre said, “We drained his abscess within 45 minutes of his admission here. They went to K C General Hospital after signing discharge against medical advice form. K C General refused them saying they had no septic OT. This patient did not require a septic OT, all he needed was a bed. When they came for the second time we accommodated him as soon as a bed was available. Though he is an infection case, we kept him in the non-infection ward.”
Shabeer’s sons are auto drivers and their mother said that they signed the form because they did not know how to read English and the discharge against medical advice summary was in English.