3,942 walk in to register for OPDs at PGI on Day 1

3,942 walk in to register for OPDs at PGI on Day 1

A heavy rush at the PGI registration counter. Pradeep Tewari

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27

The PGI today started walk-in registration for OPDs. On the first day, 3,942 patients turned up for physical registration, while 1,345 patients got themselves registered through teleconsultation.

‘Covid norms followed’

Due to the Bharat Bandh call, there was not a significant turnout of patients. However, despite this, 3,942 patients got themselves registered physically. Everyone was seen wearing masks and following Covid norms. — Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI

The institute saw a total of 5,288 OPD registrations today. However, the number of walk-in registrations was not significant on the first day as compared to the general OPD data of previous days. Last Monday, 3,300 patients had turned up physically at the OPDs at the PGI and 2,000 patients had got themselves registered through teleconsultation. This translates into a 20 per cent increase in physical OPD registration from last Monday. Dr Naveen Pandey, incharge of the OPD administration at the PGI, said, “The OPD load is expected to increase in the days to come. As expected, being the first day, patients did not turn up in huge numbers. Some patients may have not been able to come due to ‘Bharat bandh’ call today. The actual numbers will be seen in the coming days.”

“We have reduced the timings for teleconsultation so that there is a fair share of patient load through both alternatives. Patients were allowed to enter the building by 7 am and were made to sit in the holding area. The patients are requested to follow all Covid norms,” said Dr Pandey.

The online registration for physical visit to all OPDs has been increased to 50 for all departments and 100 for ophthalmology, hepatology and internal medicine. The registration for teleconsultation in the New OPD is being done from 8 am to 9 am. The registration of walk-in patients for physical visit to the New OPD is being done from 9.15 am to 11 am at the respective registration counters.

Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said, “Today, due to the Bharat bandh call, there was not a significant turnout of patients. But despite this, 3,942 patients got themselves registered physically. Everyone was seen wearing masks and following Covid norms.”

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