NEW DELHI: There is good news for patients visiting Lok Nayak hospital-the biggest tertiary care hospital run by the Delhi government. You no longer need to jostle or wait endlessly for your turn as the OPD services have been shifted to a new building. The seven-storey building is fully airconditioned and is as good as any private multi-specialty hospital. It has a large sitting area and boasts a range of diagnostic services.
The transformation of the hospital, which gets about 5,000 patients every day, is part of the government’s initiative to transform LNJP into a model healthcare facility, a senior official said. “Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung is monitoring the work himself,” he said.
According to Dr Sidharth Ramji, medical superintendent of the hospital, the new block is spread over 25,000 square metres-five times the area of the old OPD building. “In the next two months, we plan to install TV display screens in each waiting area with an automatic queuing and display system for patients. The screens will also display important health information,” he said. Each floor can accommodate about 2,100 patients.
The change is most visible at the children’s OPD, where paintings by students from Delhi School of Arts adorn the walls. Dr Ramji said the aim is to provide a friendly ambience. The new facility is also environment-friendly with a rainwater harvesting system. Doctors said the top floor offers a panoramic view of Old Delhi.
The Delhi government had recently introduced online booking of appointments at 24 state-run hospitals, including Lok Nayak hospital. But senior officials at the hospital said the initiative is yet to get popular. “We are not getting too many patients through the online booking system. It may be because most patients are poor or belong to the lower middle class,” the official said.
For online booking of appointment, one can simply go to the health department’s website-health.delhigovt.nic.in-and register.