Long wait for MRI, ultrasound scan at GMCH - watsupptoday.com
Long wait for MRI, ultrasound scan at GMCH
Posted 06 Nov 2017 03:44 PM

It takes more than a month for patients to get an appointment for a simple ultrasound, CT or MRI scan at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu.
Heavy rush of patients/ attendants can be seen outside the Department of Radiology at the GMCH, holding the OPD slips and waiting for their turn.
A majority of patients from far-flung districts like Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri and Kishtwar etc, who cannot afford private clinics/laboratories for these tests, visit the GMCH.
“My wife is having severe pain in the stomach since March. A local chemist suggested an ultrasound scan from different private clinics in Jammu to get an exact idea about the ailment,” Mohammad Akram, a resident of Pouni in Reasi district, said.
“Due to our poor financial condition, I cannot afford these tests at private clinics. So, I immediately decided to get the ultrasound done from the GMCH. I reached here in the last week of March and I am still struggling to get an appointment to get the ultrasound done. Luckily, I have relatives in Jammu, otherwise it would have been impossible for me to stay for such a long time,” he added.
Patients claimed that on an average, it takes around two to three months to get an appointment for an ultrasound scan while for a CT or MRI scan, it sometimes takes more than four months.
“The ultrasound, CT and MRI scans are being done during the official hours only. Unless the service is made round-the-clock, it is almost impossible to deal with the heavy inflow of patients. Moreover, there are enough machines available in the hospital for different type of scans, but the only problem is the timing. The hospital authorities have to make this a 24-hour service to minimise the rush of patients,” sources claimed.
Dr Narindra Sharma from the Department of Radio Diagnosis, GMCH, Jammu, told The Tribune, “It is true that there is huge rush of patients in the hospital for ultrasound and MRI scans, but we try to get the same done as soon as possible.”
“Patients hailing from remote areas sometimes have to wait for long due to the rush of locals in the hospital. Though these people can afford the ultrasound scan from a private clinic easily, still they prefer to get it done from a government hospital for free. As a result, genuine cases are left waiting,” Dr Sharma said.

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