Panchkula: Several kinds of inconveniences and non-maintenance at the Panchkula Civil Hospital in Sector 6 are raising questions on Health Minister Anil Vij’s efforts of making the hospital more efficient. Recently during a reality check, it was found that the ‘Call Bell System’ installed at all the wards of the hospital was non-functional for the past some time.
Machines installed recently in a shambles, the system was launched to provide efficient service to patients
The system which was installed recently to provide efficient service for the patients is in a shambles. The authorities’ efforts of providing facilities to the patients are time and again turning low as these have not been provided and maintained at the ground level.
The system was launched to provide smooth functioning from the end of all the hospital staff, nurses and doctors. The system was installed with a motive of calling the nurse or the doctor directly through the call bell button installed with a remote control at the side of all beds of the patients.
‘Call Bell System’, basically means the nurses have a setup installed at their respective nursing stations that notifies them when a patient wants them. Meanwhile, a light comes on in the particular bed number at the setup machine when a nurse is in attendance and, in an emergency, lights flash a long with an alarm alerting the staff outside.
However, the system is not working for past some time and has not been maintained. Following the failure of the system, the attendants of the patients on their own have to call the nursing staff when required. Also at a few of the wards including maternity and surgery wards; the call bell button on the remote control was found broken along with some of the remote controls too.
Chief Medical Officer Dr V K Bansal said, ‘‘I will get it checked from the concerned supervisors and a report of the same will also be sought from the concerned officials along with the nursing staff.’’
According to the sources, it was learnt that when a call bell button is being pressed by a patient; the nursing staff has to reach the respective bed number to attend the person and then have to switch off the alarm later. With repeated alarms tuning on with continuous calls from the patients; the nurses have thus shut down the system following their convenience. It was also mentioned that many times, the staff also deny of switching on the same even after attendants asked for it.
On the other hand, the machinery failure at Civil Hospital is undergoing a serious crisis, as the Lone Phaco machine and Bone Density machine are not in working condition.
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