Palliative care is an approach that helps patients and their families to cope up with the illness. NABH-accredited Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad in Anand district of Gujarat, has recently launched palliative care services. The services will be run jointly by the Departments of Anaesthesia, Community Medicine and Extension Programmes and will be provided at the hospital between 9.30 am and 1.30 pm and home care services in the extension villages between 2.30 and 5 pm
Anyone suffering from life limiting illness, such as cancer, stroke, neuroliogical diseases, late stages of heart, kidney and respiratory diseases, needs palliative care. It is not meant only for terminal illness only. Palliative care is an approach that helps such patients and their families to cope up with the illness. In addition to medical care, it involves several non-pharmacological interventions to provide relief from the suffering. Along with helping with dressing of wounds, bed sores, maintaining personal hygiene, helping with pipes for breathing, feeding and pain relief, it also involves providing emotional, psychological, social and spiritual support.
Dr Dinesh Bhandari, Head, Community Medicine, said, “Palliative care can be sought at any stage of the life threatening or life limiting illness. However, the advantages will be maximum if it is sought early in the course of the disease rather than waiting for a later stage. This care is compatible with all types of current treatments. A good coordination between the current treatment provider and the palliative team, generally comprising a doctor, nurse, social worker and counsellor, will lead to better outcomes.”
Karamsad based Shree Krishna Hospital has received the coveted nursing excellence award from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health-care (NABH).
The certificate effective from August 1, 2016 is valid until July 31, 2018, subject to continued compliance with NABH requirements.
The hospital has successfully met the standards and measures set by NABH to achieve this recognition. The standards provide framework for quality of care for patients and quality improvement for nursing services. The standard helps to build a quality culture at all level and across all the function of the hospital.
"In our quest towards quality in health-care for improved patient outcomes, this is yet another milestone and one that we should all celebrate. This certificate is a reflection of Shree Krishna Hospital's commitment towards facilitating safe, competent and ethical nursing practice," said Dr Amrita Patel, chairman of Charutar Arogya Mandal.
The mandatory quality protocols including nursing guidelines, infection control program for patient's safety, guidelines for safety of health-care workers were followed diligently by the hospital to bag this certification.
The hospital, which serves as a teaching hospital for Pramukhswami Medical College, had received the accreditation of Central Diagnostic Laboratories in 2008, making it the first medical college in the country to have all its laboratories accredited.
“Khilkhilat Ambulance” is used to drop Mother and Child at their home after delivery. This facility was first started in Gujarat by former Chief Minister Shree Narendra Modi to reduce the mother and child mortality rate. Thousands of people come to Tertiary Care Level Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad, and this NABH accredited hospital gives them the best treatment. Gujarat Government wants to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4th and 5th by reducing mother and child mortality rate. Shree Krishna Hospital cooperates this vision and provides data of pediatrics department to government's health department. Considering this long-term cooperation of the hospital, Gujarat Government has given a “Khilkhilat Ambulance” facility to Shree Krishna Hospital.
Shree Krishna Hospital at Karamsad in Anand district has launched a unique scheme for patients with a view to provide comprehensive and personalized health care with commitment and compassion at an affordable cost. The hospital will entail patients a saving of Rs 500 daily on hospitalization charges in the general ward.
Under this scheme, in the general ward there will be no charges for anything not connected with treatment. There will be no registration, doctor's consultation, administrative and nursing charges. Bed and diet will be provided free. The patient will only have to bear the cost of medicines, investigations and consumables connected with the treatment. The waving of charges effectively means that the patient has to pay the services provided based on orders of the doctors.
"This is being done to provide access to best of health care at an affordable cost to all. The scheme is applicable to other than cashless and scheme patients," a release issued by the hospital said. "On July 26, our Foundation Day, two schemes for the economically underprivileged -the BPL families and those whose monthly income was less than Rs 10,000—the Jana Arogya scheme and the Arogyasree were introduced and are running successfully," the release further mentioned.