Covid-19: AIIMS to halt walk-in OPD from Thursday | Delhi News - Times of India

Covid-19: AIIMS to halt walk-in OPD from Thursday | Delhi News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has decided to temporarily close routine walk-in OPD patient registrations, including speciality clinics and all centres, with effect from April 8 to minimise possibility of community spread of the novel coronavirus.
With this, it will also be able to optimise diversion of available manpower and resources for the treatment of affected patients.
An order issued by the institute’s medical superintendent on Tuesday stated OPDs/speciality clinics will continue to provide requisite services only for such patients (new and follow-up) having prior appointments.
The order has been sent to all the chiefs of centres and heads of all the clinical departments.
It added that the respective departments may fix the limit of daily new and follow-up patients in the outpatient department (OPD) for the next four weeks, depending on the available strength of residents after contributing to Covid-19 pool.
Departments in AIIMS main hospital have also been requested to inform the same to faculty-in-charge and OPD services through e-mail, so that computer facility could be intimated for modifications, the communique added.
At a meeting chaired by AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, sources said, it was also decided that Rapid Antigen Test would be used to screen all the patients coming to the emergency.
Lok Nayak Hospital, the largest hospital run by Delhi government, has also decided to stop new registrations for OPD consultation, a source said.

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