AIIMS Bhubaneswar will soon open private rooms for indoor patients. The furnished air-conditioned luxury cabins fitted with LCD TVs and refrigerators would cost around Rs 2,000 per day; around 50 per cent of the price in private hospitals with comparable infrastructure.
“We have readied 16 rooms to begin with. The number will go up,” AIIMS director Ashok Mahapatra told Times Of India.
Besides ultramodern hospital beds for the patient, each room has a couch for the attendant. Except for room rent, all other costs such as charges for diagnosis, surgery and consultation will be the same as that in the general ward, the director said. The rooms would be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
“Initially, we were planning to start the service from May 1. It was deferred due to minor problems. We hope to launch it soon,” said Mahapatra.
An AIIMS insider said the inauguration of the private rooms was postponed because the standing finance committee meeting scheduled to be held last month got deferred. Though the institute authorities are thinking about fixing the rent at Rs 2,000 per month, the standing finance committee (SFC) would take the final call.
Mahapatra, however, said that if the private rooms became functional before the next SFC meeting, the price can be approved on post-facto basis.
Formally thrown open on February 26, the premier hospital is witnessing an average footfall of 1,000 patients per day in its outpatient departments. It started the newborn care service earlier this week.
Besides indoor service, AIIMS runs a daycare facility for cancer patients and OPD services in paediatric surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, dental, ophthalmology, pulmonary medicine, medicine, geCouneral surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and psychiatry and afternoon clinics for lung cancer, infertility, orthodentistry, head and neck cancer and sleep disorders.
Courtesy: The Times of India