Preparations are on to increase 117 beds at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna, by August 15. “The decision to increase beds will benefit patients many of whom are denied treatment owing to lack of beds. This will add to the expansion of treatment, teaching and research facilities,” said IGIMS superintendent Manish Mandal. The hospital has 770 beds, and chief minister Nitish Kumar recently laid the foundation stone of a 100-bed cancer hospital on the premises. Nitish had in February this year said the IGIMS requires at least 2500 beds to meet the increasing patient load on the hospital. Mandal said beds in the eye department will go up from 18 to 40. Five beds will be kept especially for day care (patient stay under medical supervision for a few hours).
30 beds will be increased in transition zone for patients who are out of emergency. “At present, we find it hard to keep such patients,” said Mandal. “Occupied beds in wards force us to keep them in emergency.” There’s a proposal to increase 36 beds each in the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) department and the emergency wing. Preparations are also on to increase six beds in the gastrointestinal surgery ward and reserve those for women patients. IGIMS sources said some other facilities, including liver transplant surgery and CT-guided angiography, will soon be available for patients. “The liver transplant surgery is one of the much-awaited facilities. The machine will be bought soon. We will put up patients’ names on the waiting list for cadaver liver transplant surgery. The hospital has decided to start liver transplant through cadaveric organ donation instead of waiting for live donors,” said a source. The liver transplant surgery will be started on the basis of availability of bodies and the waiting list. – Telegraph India