There is good news for the patients coming for treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. Following the instructions of the Health Minister, the hospital has extended the time for giving samples to the patients for any kind of blood test by 5 and a half hours. Now patients in AIIMS can give their blood samples for testing from 8 am to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. Earlier, samples were taken for examination of OPD patients only from 8 am to 10 am. However, on Saturday, samples will be taken only from 8 to 10.30 in the morning.
Radiology examination also till 8 pm
AIIMS will also get many other facilities soon. The hospital is also going to increase the time for conducting radiology tests for OPD patients. Following the recommendations of a committee of the hospital, radiology examinations like MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan can be done for OPD patients in the hospital from 8 am to 8 pm. Till now, these tests were done for OPD patients only from 8 am to 5 pm.
Committee formed on the instructions of Health Minister
On September 3, on the instructions of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, AIIMS constituted a committee headed by senior professors whose task was to take steps to address the problems of the patients. This committee has made several important points in its recommendations. In these, the AIIMS administration has decided to implement the recommendation to increase the time of investigation.
Recommendation to do free checks up to Rs 500
To provide relief to the patients, the committee of AIIMS has recommended free of cost all types of tests for patients who reach the institute for less than Rs 500. The committee said that if the tests up to Rs 500 are done free of cost to the patients, then they will not have to stand in the bill line for most of the tests and poor patients will also get relief from this. AIIMS has sent this recommendation of the committee to the ministry. Now the Union Health Ministry has to take a decision on this.
No relief for OPD appointment yet
Despite the decrease in the cases of corona infection in AIIMS, the OPD service has not come back on track yet. Every day only 50 patients are being seen in OPD in a department. New patients are not able to get online appointment even for the next 2 months.