Wednesday, February 8

Golf carts to ferry patients in SSKM

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The problem of carrying patients physically from one department to another may soon end in SSKM Hospital as it plans to buy eight golf carts to ferry patients across its 34-acre campus. A tender for procuring the golf carts has already been floated.

A health official said the decision to go for battery-run golf carts came in the wake of complaints reaching Swasthya Bhavan that trolleys or wheelchairs are often unavailable to transport patients. A doctor working in the emrgency ward said, “Relatives need to find trolleys and wheelchairs before shifting patients from the emergency department.”


It is a good step that the SSKM authorities are taking. Relatives of critical patients are often find it really difficult to transport their kin from one ward to another across the sprawling campus. The authorities should procure more such carts to address the issue.

Bhaskar Sardar, a Kudghat resident, recently had a harrowing experience, when he escorted his freind Jyoti Dutta to the CT scan room on the first floor from the emergency department. “I had to lift him physically to take him to the CT scan room after failing to get a wheelchair or trolley even after waiting for an hour,” Sardar said.

Golok Debnath, a Sarsuna resident narrated his difficulty in carrying his grandmother from the eye department to the hospital gate since no wheelchair was available.

“The urology and psychiatry departments are far away from the emergency ward. Golf carts can help patients with ancillary healthcare support,” an official said. Dr Manimay Banerjee, director, IPGMER said they would start with one cart and after a trial run, they will introduce more.

Source: Times of India

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