The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi Thursday has resumed its Out Patient Department (OPD) services for follow-up patients — initially for not more than 15 patients a day in each department. AIIMS had closed its OPD services for the first time in history in the month of March due to the corona pandemic. The OPD in AIIMS which witnessed around 15,000 patients a day will now be open for only 15 patients a day in initial reopening.
On Tuesday, Medical Superintendent Dr. DK Sharma issued a circular stating that OPD services will initially be available for follow-up patients, and a limited number of new patients for departments willing to begin physical OPD consultation. However, no appointments will be given for evening specialty clinics in the first phase of the reopening. Initially, only 15 patients will be attended to in a day per department. The number will be increased, gradually.
Now, if any patient wants to take an appointment then one has to first call on the institute’s telecommunication helpline number - 011 2658 9142, 9115444155, and +91 172 522 6032. The patient can also book an appointment by logging on to http://www.ors.gov.in. Patients can also be given an appointment for OPD consultation directly by the department or through a computer facility. It will then be completely on the department whether to screen the patient physically or screen them through teleconsultation depending on the case.
All heads of clinical departments at AIIMS have been requested to provide information on the date of resumption of physical OPD for patients, and a daily list of patients, with their phone numbers, who have been given an appointment for a physical consultation. The usual OPD timings i.e. beginning 8.30 am will be followed and the patients will be first screened for influenza-like illness before their screening which will be mandatory for all patients.
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