Vardhan also recommended a single-window registration for elderly patients and asked the doctors and nurses to be compassionate towards the patients.

Harsh Vardhan, who is also the chairman of AIIMS institute and governing body, stayed at OPD for three hours. This was his first visit to AIIMS after becoming the Union Health Minister.

Vardhan also visited all the four emergency blocks - pediatric, surgical, old and new ward. Besides, he also inspected Rajkumari Amrit Kaur OPD, where there were long lines of patients to obtain their OPD cards.

Vardhan interacted with several patients and their kin to gain insight into the waiting time for patients till they are attended to by doctors in the OPD.

Immediate treatment for patients in emergency ward

After careful inspection, Vardhan directed the AIIMS management to attend the patients in the emergency ward immediately.

He also asked the hospital staff to deploy registered doctors and nurses in the emergency ward round the clock, so that the patient is attended immediately on his arrival.

He said that every patient should go through a screening first and if he needs to be admitted, there should be no delay.

The Health Minister also directed the hospital management to reduce the waiting time for patients. He also told the staff to make arrangements in such a manner so that the patients don’t have to wait for more than 5 minutes at OPD.

Also, the patients who do not get an appointment on a particular day should fix the appointment for the next day.

Single-video system for elderly patients

Vardhan also asked the management to set up a single-video system for elderly patients in order to help them in check-ups such as blood test, CT scan and MRI done from a single location.

Stress on ‘Green AIIMS’

The Union Health Minister also visited the premier medical institute to review the efforts made towards 'Green AIIMS' campaign that he had announced on June 5 on the occasion of International Environment Day.

Under this initiative, efforts will be made by the city hospitals to incorporate processes and principles that reduce waste, recycle and reuse resources and conserve energy.


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