AIIMS has decided to close down routine walk-in for Outpatient Department (OPD) registrations, and speciality clinics at all centres from April 8, to minimise the possibility of the spread of coronavirus.
However, the OPDs/ speciality clinics will continue to provide required services only for those patients with prior appointments.
"In view of increased need to minimise the possibility of community spread of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to also optimise diversion of available manpower and materials, resources for the care and treatment of suspected/confirmed patients of COVID-19 disease, it has been decided to temporarily close down routine walk-in for OPD patient registrations, including speciality clinics in AIIMS hospital and all centres with effect from April 8", a communique sent to all chiefs of Centres and Heads of all clinical departments said, reported by Times Now.
Respective departments may fix the number of daily new and follow-up patients in the oOPD) for four successive weeks depending upon the available staff strength after contributing to the COVID-19 pool.
All departments in AIIMS have been asked to inform their faculty-in-charge and OPD services via email so that necessary system amendments can be made.