The All India Institute of Medical sciences, Delhi has resumed OPD services for follow up patients, three months after it was closed amid COVID-19. Initially each departments of the institute would tackle as many as 15 cases in a day.
For the first time in its history, the Premier Medical Institute closed its OPD services in March last and redirected its entire infrastructure to combat COVID-19 and emergency patients. Since then, doctors at the institute have been providing tele-consultation to all follow-up patients in an effort to reduce the need for them to visit the facility during the lockdown.
Till Wednesday, 79,926 tele-consultations were provided to patients, sources were quoted saying by a PTI report. According to a June 23 circular, the director of AIIMS has approved the resumption of physical appointments for old/follow up patients, “not to exceed 15 per day for any department initially which will be enhanced in a few days”.
In addition, requisite appointments for limited number of new patients will also be given for those departments who wish to start physical OPD consultation for a limited number of new patients, the circular stated. “It will be the prerogative of the departments to call patients directly or screen them through tele-consultation before giving a physical appointment,” the circular said.
No appointments will be given for evening specialty clinics in the first phase of OPD reopening. Patients can be given appointment for OPD consultation directly by the department or through the computer facility as decided by the department concerned.