CHENNAI: Kauvery Hospital apparently will not take in outpatients till Sunday after DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was admitted around 1.30 am on Saturday.
“No outpatients will be taken in till Sunday and it will start from Monday,” said a hospital receptionist. Interestingly, this is the first time the hospital has been cancelling the out-patient appointments.
Though the DMK patriarch has been admitted several times at Kauvery in the past, this is the first time that the hospital has decided not to take in any new admissions.
Doctors and consultants of Kauvery Hospital were instructed by higher authorities on Saturday afternoon to cancel all their prior appointments scheduled for that evening.
“A few doctors usually give appointments to patients on Sundays. But, as Karunanidhi is in the hospital this weekend, doctors have been asked not to book any outpatient appointments on both Saturday and Sunday. But, we have never received such orders before,” said a hospital source.
Doctors and staff of the hospital will continue treating patients who have been admitted prior to Saturday. Apart from this the hospital will take in emergency cases.
Doctors attached to the hospital and staff were initially asked on Saturday morning to enter its premises through the exit gate at the back of the building. But later in the day all doctors were asked to cancel their appointments that were scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.
When Karunanidhi was brought to the hospital in December 2017, doctors continued to see their patients. No such instruction was given by the hospital then or during his previous visits,” the source added.