Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, the Government Medical College Srinagar would use four wards of SMHS hospital exclusively for the treatment of coronavirus patients.
GMC Srinagar in an order said that in view of the upsurge in coronavirus cases and to accommodate patients, four wards would be exclusively used for coronavirus patients.
“Ward number one to four in SMHS Hospital will be used for coronavirus positive cases in a phased manner,” the order issued on Wednesday reads.
It said that the patients requiring the ventilator support would be managed by the Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.
“ENT surgeries will be done in trauma theatre till further orders and OPDs will run in their designated OPD block in the SMHS premises,” the order said.
The GMC authorities said that the faculty members having their rooms adjacent to these wards would be accommodated by the respective departments.
As per the order issued after a meeting, the dermatology and ENT patients would accordingly be shifted in medicine and surgery wards.
It said the isolation facility for COVID-19 patients functional at the Drug De-Addiction Centre SMHS and COVID-19 facility in disaster and paid wards would run as per routine.
“In case the Department of Medicine will face the dearth of beds while admitting patients, the hospital will accommodate patients in Ward 19 and 20,” the order said.
The staff deployed in various areas of SMHS Hospital for coronavirus would not be displaced without the prior permission of the concerned authorities.
The order said that the Medical Superintendent SMHS would take all measures to avoid intermingling of COVID-19 and non-COVID patients and their attendants.
However, the doctors posted at SMHS have criticised the order stating that the multi-specialty facility should have been preserved for common medical and surgical emergencies.
“People will be scared now to visit there. Super Specialty Hospital Shireen Bagh was the best choice for COVID-19 patients,” a senior doctor told Rising Kashmir.