In a major relief to older patients, the Delhi-AIIMS has shifted its geriatric department to the newly built Raj Kumar Amrit Kaur OPD in Masjid Moth area, adjacent to the hospital.
Earlier, the older patients used to visit the geriatric OPD on the fourth floor of the hospital. This used to be very painful for the elder patients already suffering from different ailments.
The new geriatric OPD has been shifted to the second floor in the C wing of the building. The new geriatric facility has adequate space, chairs, lifts, physiotherapy unit, dietary department and a psychologist. All the services are provided on the second floor.
It may be noted that people have been demanding shifting of the geriatric OPD to the ground of the hospital. An elder patient had sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 to shift the OPD to the ground floor.
Dr Vijay Kumar Gurjar, Assistant Professor, Geriatric Medicine, told DTMT: “Previously there was no place to sit and stand. Physiotherapy unit was also far away from the main OPD. Now, new geriatric unit will ease the suffering of elders.”
“Around 250-300 elderly patients visit the geriatric OPD every day,” he added.
Each floor of the newly built eight storied building includes A, B and C wing. The first floor includes psychiatry and orthopedics department. The second floor has medicine and geriatrics medicine units. The third floor has dermatology and endocrinology departments while the fourth floor has urology, PAC, dietetics and nephrology departments.
Fifth floor has pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, and hematology departments. Sixth floor includes ENT and administration departments. Seventh floor has gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery while eighth floor has staff cafeteria and employees health services.
All the new OPDs will be made operational in two phases. On February 10, 2020, the geriatric, orthopedic and endocrinology OPDs started functioning.