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In-patient wards to come under one roof next year

R. Rajaram

Rs. 3 crore sanctioned by the Southern Railway headquarters

PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM

waiting to bustle:Work in progress on top of the surgical block inside the Railway Hospital in Golden Rock. —

TIRUCHI: All in-patient wards at the over 75-year-old Railway Hospital in Golden Rock here will come under one roof in the near future. With Rs. 3 crore being sanctioned by the Southern Railway headquarters, construction of first and second floors on top of the existing surgical block is currently underway to accommodate all in-patients wards .

Upon completion, the three-floored building will house the medical, children, female, surgical, orthopaedic and post operative wards . Hospital authorities here told The Hindu that the ground floor would be assigned for the medical ward, while the first floor will house the children and female wards.

The surgical and orthopaedic wards presently functioning in the ground floor of the surgical block will be moved to the second floor of the building which will have an elevator facility as well. The construction works that commenced recently is expected to be completed by July next year. At present, the in-patients wards are scattered on the premises of the hospital which began to function in 1926 .

Bringing all in-patients wards together will enable medical staff to remain under a single structure and help in their working pattern, says a medical specialist of the hospital. The 200-bedded hospital, the first railway hospital in Southern Railway to cater exclusively to the railway staff and their dependents, besides retired railway personnel has specialities such as Ophthalmology, ENT, Dental, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, General Surgery, General Medicine and Orthopaedics.

The authorities said a dialysis unit for renal failure patients and a Phaco eye surgical unit have been sanctioned for the hospital, which conducts about 50 to 60 cataract surgeries a month. The hospital has been awarded the medical efficiency shield for 2009-10 by the Southern Railway General Manager in recognition of its services.

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