The Out Patient Department at the (OPD) first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit in Rajkot, Gujarat will be operational from December 31, with doctors from five departments taking on patients at the institute.
The OPD, where patients will be examined for a nominal fee of Rs 10, will be inaugurated by AIIMS director Shramdeep Sinha.
Over 50 physicians were in the fray for recruitment at the medical institute, of whom 17 candidates were chosen for different departments at the AIIMS. The 17 non-academic senior resident physicians currently on roster at the AIIMS includes doctors serving as senior residents at PDU Civil Hospital and Medical College.
The admission fee at the AIIMS has been fixed at Rs 375 for a 10-day stay at the general ward. BPL card-holders will have free access to all the facilities offered at the institute, including treatment and surgery.
Along with this, a new pharmacy, named Amrut, will be set up in the AIIMS campus, where specialty drugs for cancer patients and cardiac patients will be available.
In addition, the government is also making arrangements to make implants available at cheaper rates. The store will be operated by HLL Lifecare.
The inauguration of the AIIMS in Saurashtra would offer patients a treatment option nearer home, especially for those needing treatment for cardiac disease, cancer and neurosurgery.
Keeping pandemic protocols in mind, limited physical appointments will be supplemented by online appointments, doing away with the hassle of crowding and queues at the hospice.