The first floor of the hospital will later house the surgical wing (now raw building above the emergency room, see also foto). Following the surveying and stocktaking in 2018 and 2019, the first concrete drafts have now been carried out.
Whereas previously a classic film image was developed in the darkroom, in which a lot of chemistry had to be used, a digitisation cassette is now being used. The X-ray image is digitally stored on this cassette and then read out in the device. The X-ray image is then evaluated on the screen, measured if necessary and readjusted in contrast and brightness. A magnifying glass function makes even small details visible. Once the image is ready, it can be sent electronically to the diagnostician or surgeon. It is not unimportant that the existing X-ray unit continues to be used. This includes an electronic archive that offers access to previous images. In summary: a milestone that helps to avoid unnecessary multiple images.
Photo: left side digitizer, right side foil printer
The hospital has been offering consultation hours in general medicine, internal medicine and eye tests for some time now. In the meantime, the offer has also been expanded in the surgical field. Instead of only taking place when necessary, a surgical consultation is now held once a week. Diseases that have been diagnosed and require surgery are treated promptly. The fixed consultation hours also facilitate follow-up checks, be it surgical wounds, plasters or other dressings.
Photo: Waiting area in front of the consultation room
The new offer at the hospital, the consultation hours of a dentist, are well accepted. Especially for the poorer rural population, dental care has hardly been available so far because it is unaffordable. In 2019, a room was therefore provided in the hospital in which a dental chair found its home. A dentist from the surrounding area agreed to hold consultation hours there on a fee basis. Carious teeth are now being restored and tooth remains that cannot be saved are being removed. Not least as prevention of a heart valve inflammation no unimportant thing.
Photo: Filling of a drilled out damaged area
On 03 February 2019, the new dental treatment unit at the hospital was inaugurated. Within a few months, the old reception of the bed wing, which was no longer needed, was converted into a modern dental treatment room. A dentist from the next town is ready to hold and treat a consultation once a week. KS-plus provided the financial means for the reconstruction.
Photo: Ceremonial opening of the dental treatment unit
A used dental chair recently arrived at Kirpal Sagar Hospital. It had already been expected for some time and is now to find its place in the bed wing. Years ago, simple dental treatments such as amalgam fillings and tooth removal had been offered at the hospital for a short time. A defect in the donated equipment from the 1960s caused a long pause. Last year there was a prospect of more modern equipment. Preparations for the installation had already taken place in the course of 2018, now it is a question of the concrete installation. Commissioning is expected for February 2019. We are already curious to see what can be done with our donations for the room renovation.
Photo: Delivered dentist’s chair