Visitors rest on the new chairs at RIMS on Monday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
For once, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is in news for the right reason.
In a bid to offer better facilities to patients and their relatives, the heal hub has installed swanky steel chairs on the premises. The areas outside the emergency wing and OPD clinic besides the corridors are some of the places boasting the new seating arrangement.
With the new chairs in place, the corridors look neater and sights of patients’ relatives sitting on the ground have become rare.
RIMS medical superintendent S.K. Choudhary said the process to fix the new chairs began around a month ago.
“These chairs were procured during the launch of our superspecialty wing. Similar chairs have been set up in the new wing. So, we thought of installing them in the main building as well,” he said, adding that little efforts like these did a world of good.
The medical superintendent added that the idea behind introducing the chairs was to unclog the corridors and give them a neater look.
“Now, patients and their attendants waiting for admission or other formalities can sit comfortably,” he said.
Regarding the expenses incurred, Choudhary said he would have to go through files to come up with an estimate.
People have welcomed the move. “The other night, I had to wait for 20 minutes to get a tetanus injection, thanks to the rush at the emergency wing. Luckily, the new chairs were in place and I didn’t have to stand for hours. Earlier, lack of proper seating arrangements caused a lot of inconvenience,” said Deepak Mahto, who met with a bike accident on Friday night.
The Bariatu-based state-run hospital usually attracts attention for lack of facilities like trolleys for patients, beds and proper bedding, water and food and important medicines among others.
With summer round the corner, complaints of dysfunctional water coolers have already started pouring in. “Patient inflow at our hospital is always more than the capacity of 1,100 beds. Now, how can we accommodate everyone? At the same time, we cannot turn people away,” said a doctor.