Four-bedded ICU to be started soon: Principal GMC
Kashmir’s only Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) in Srinagar is facing government neglect as authorities have failed to start intensive care unit (ICU) here which has overburdened nearby SMHS Hospital.
The SSH located at Shireen Bagh, an associated hospital of GMC Srinagar has surgical departments but when patients need critical care support they are taken to SMHS.
A senior doctor at SMHS said there is dire need of intensive care facility at the SSH keeping in mind the number of patients admitted for surgeries. “Some departments have been shifted. They can improve only if critical services are available,” he said.
Departments like paediatric surgery, neurosurgery, surgical oncology, plastic surgery, surgical gastroenterology, and nephrology were shifted to SSH but critical care services are still missing. These departments continue to do surgeries in operation theatres of SMHS.
“We have to first choose which patient needs ICU after surgery and then shift them accordingly. Majority of the patients are still operated upon at SMHS. Any patient can develop complications. To start the ICU services there is a need to have more staff,” he said.
Over the years government has failed to upgrade ICUs at SMHS, a major hospital in Kashmir, taking a heavy toll on patient care.
The 800 bedded facility has two ICUs, one 8, another 7-bedded but these have not been upgraded from a long time.
“The critically ill patients require comprehensive care and constant monitoring in ICU but they are at risk as the facilities are improper,” said another doctor SMHS.
He said few weeks before, a critical patient at Lal Ded hospital needed intensive care but he had to wait as the beds were already occupied at SMHS and her shifting was delayed.
“The already facilities need to be upgraded and there need to ventilators as the patient load is constantly increasing. There is shortage of beds and manpower as well at SMHS,” he said. The up gradation he said will in the long run decrease mortality, morbidity to a large extent.
Another senior doctor said due to poor critical care the patients are taken to triage.
“Whenever there is need of critical care patients are placed in triage and attendants are asked to push the ambo bag manually,” he said.
He said the current capacity of ICUs is insufficient.
“We are lagging behind in critical care despite having huge patients visiting the hospital and surgeries that are conducted,” the doctor said.
Principal GMC Srinagar, Dr Parvez Shah said they will start the IUC facility at the super specialty hospital this week saying that they have cleared manpower issues.
“A four-bedded ICU would be made functional this week. We have deputed eight nurses and doctors for the same,” he said.
Shah said it is very important facility fort a tertiary care hospital. “We had been working to make it functional for a long time,” he said.
A GMC official said Police Housing Corporation has started construction of a new building in GMC premises which will be having 24-bedded ICU facility is expected to provide relief.