Hyderabad: The sight of gleaming hi-tech diagnostic equipment might make visitors believe they have walked into a super-speciality hospital. On a par with any corporate hospital in the city, the Central Diagnostic Laboratory (CDL) at Gandhi Hospital is being fined-tuned to deliver diagnostic tests for patients even at the dead of the night.
Developed at a cost of more than Rs. 4 crore, the one-of-its kind central diagnostic facility is literally located in the heart of State-run Gandhi Hospital. This is for the first time that such hi-tech and expensive diagnostic equipment, capable of testing and throwing up results of samples of 2,000 patients in an hour, is being tested by microbiologists here.
In the coming months, the aim is to make the diagnostic facility operate round-the-clock, especially for the large number of emergency trauma and stroke victims, who are wheeled into the hospital’s emergency wing at night and in the early hours.
Another major highlight of the centralised diagnostic facility is the upcoming computer-controlled pneumatic tube system that will transport the samples of patients directly to the central laboratory from nurse stations located in the emergency department and other medical wings.
The system will not only save time but also space, enabling the diagnostic laboratories to be centrally located. The pneumatic tube systems improves efficiency since the hospital staff is no longer busy running errands and gives lot of time to focus on patient care.
“It’s not just hi-tech equipment, for the past few months, we have been trying very hard to develop human resources like training people to ensure the centralised lab is operational and efficient. We are just a few months from making the facility round the clock,” said Superintendent, Dr. P Sravan Kumar.
Why such a lab?
The earlier system of patient sample collection and transporting them to the diagnostic labs at Gandhi Hospital was quite inefficient. There were multiple diagnostic facilities that were spread across several floors in the hospital and transporting the samples and getting the results on time was a logistical nightmare.
Often, the attenders and relatives of the patients ended up running between different floors to get access to completed reports. “The challenge now lies in utilising the entire facility optimally and improving our outputs. We are in the process of coming up with standard protocols that will make the work flow efficient,” said Dr. Sravan.