Delhi Government initiates online registration in hospitals. Patients seeking treatment in state-run hospitals can now book their OPD visits in advance. Visitor to the portal has to just click on the health department’s website-health.delhigovt.nic.in-and register an appointment for different departments in 24 hospitals. These includes Lok Nayak, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospitals.
According to the system, one has to create an user ID by clicking on the link on Delhi Government’s website and then select the hospital, department in which they are seeking treatment, fill in their details and get a date and time of appointment.
Briefing the press, Chief Secretary, S.K. Srivastava, informed “The idea is to reduce the waiting time in the OPDs and streamline the rush for out-patient consultations. Some of these hospitals witness over 4,000 patients a day seeking OPD services. The new system allows patients to schedule appointments online up to 15 days in advance like they book rail tickets”.
Dr N V Kamat, Director, Health Services said the existing facility of direct appointment will also continue. “There are many patients who do not have access to internet. They can visit the hospital directly. We have put a cap on online appointments to assess the demand in both categories,” he said.