To avoid exposure of patients with comorbidities to Covid-19, PGI has decided to operate physical OPDs via an appointment system from January 10.
The institute currently cares for approximately 8,000 patients in DPOs daily and has a daily attendance of over 20,000 people.
Overcrowding carries the risk of Covid-19 outbreaks among patients, attendants and healthcare workers in OPD areas of the institute.
Thus, it was decided that teleconsultation will be used as the first point of contact between patients and doctors, as a means of prevention.
All patients requiring further assessment and examination will then be referred to the OPD by scheduling appointments.
The above protocols will be followed at all IGP OPDs namely New OPD, Advanced Eye Center, Advanced Cardiac Center, Advanced Pediatrics Center, Drug Deaddiction Treatment Center (DDTC) and Oral Health Sciences Center (Dental OPD).
Registration time: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The institute advised the general public to come to OPDs with advance appointments and to ensure that only one attendant accompanies a given patient to OPDs. This was said to be vital in preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the community.
All patients who have previously received appointments for various elective procedures/surgeries are requested to reconfirm the dates with their respective departments/consultants prior to arriving at the hospital.