Private hospitals to keep high risk visitors away

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 20 March 2020

Speaking to Sakal Times, Group Medical Director Sahyadri Hospitals Dr Sunil Rao said that hospitals need to be extra cautious as there are a number of visitors during the day which includes patients’ relatives and other patients coming for OPDs or other medical services.

PUNE: Private hospitals in the city are gearing up as new coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in the city as well as state are increasing. Hospitals have made strict rules to keep high risk visitors away.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Group Medical Director Sahyadri Hospitals Dr Sunil Rao said that hospitals need to be extra cautious as there are a number of visitors during the day which includes patients’ relatives and other patients coming for OPDs or other medical services.

“Considering the current health scenario, all Sahyadri Group of Hospitals are taking following precautions that only one relative per patient will be allowed along with an attendant pass to avoid overcrowding. No children are allowed in the hospital premises. Visiting hours are suspended to reduce risk and safeguard health for all and no medical representatives will be allowed for doctors calls,” said Rao.

He further added that all visitors will be screened at the entrance, using infrared thermal scanners, to check for signs and symptoms like cough, difficulty in breathing, fever, and take corrective action immediately.

Senior Consultant, General Physician of Jupiter Hospital Dr Mahendra Dadke said, “We have set up fever OPD in our hospital to screen all patients of upper respiratory tract infection. Suspected cases from this OPD are sent to Naidu Hospital.”

Facility Director, Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Dr Krishna Mehta said that the hospital has restricted visitors strictly to one attender per patient only.

CEO of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Rekha Dubey said the hospital is continuously monitoring and auditing the number of patients being admitted, requesting families to maintain distance and avoid crowding.

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