Victoria Hospital casualty to move to new building in Oct

Victoria Hospital casualty to move to new building in Oct

Victoria Hospital casualty to move to new building in Oct
The casualty at Victoria Hospital would be shifted to a new dedicated multi-storey building on the state-run hospital premises in the first week of October.

The casualty is currently located in the same building that also houses the burns ward. Work on the new building has been completed, said Minister for Medical Education, Sharanprakash Patil. The new building dedicated to emergency and trauma care will cater to mass casualty. It will have a 120-bed ward and mass casualty with 40 beds, besides a 38-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with ventilator support.

“Our aim is to ensure additional facilities for emergency cases. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) and the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) hospitals are overburdened with patients. The new casualty unit at Victoria Hospital will ensure no poor person has to suffer for treatment,” Patil added.

A team of doctors from various specialities would be available at the hospital to provide specialised care. As the new building is located right opposite to the PMSSY hospital, even super-speciality care would be available, the minister said. The proposal for a dedicated casualty unit was put forth in 2013.

Upgrade of burns ward
Once the casualty is moved out, the 50-bed burns ward, which is managed by the Department of Plastic Surgery of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, would get the breathing space that patients and social workers have been demanding. The ward will be upgraded with individual cubicles for patients, four dedicated operation theaters and barriers in nursing among the changes planned.

K T Ramesh, Head, Department of Plastic Surgery, said that once the additional facilities came up, comprehensive burns care would be possible. “We are looking at offering counselling and physiotherapy as well,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Rotary Club’s Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore South donated Rs 14 lakh worth of equipment for improving facilities at the burns ward. A skin graft dermatome worth Rs five lakh, a skin measure worth Rs 7.5 lakh and blades were donated to help doctors at the burns ward work better.
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