Dehradun: In an effort to reduce delays due to high attendance, the Government Doon Medical College and Hospital (GDMCH) launched the online appointment booking service for patients on Saturday, November 20. With the deployment of this facility, a person can make an appointment for any specific medical service on the hospital’s official website – https://www.gdmcuk.com/.
This decision is part of the Hospital Management Information System initiative suggested by the Uttarakhand Ministry of Health. As part of this initiative, public hospitals are encouraged to deploy online facilities for the convenience of patients.
âWe initially launched the online appointment service on a trial basis. It will be fully implemented from December. Patients can book appointments and register for other facilities through our website, âsaid Dr. KC Pant, Chief Medical Superintendent, GDMCH.
The deployment of this facility is expected to ease the burden of physical counters where patients sometimes have to wait their turns in long queues. According to officials, the hospital, on average, sees close to 4,000 people every day.
âThe deployment of the online facility is a great relief as there have been times when people have waited around 40 minutes just to get the doctor’s appointment. I would also save a lot of time to get appointments for my father, who has arthritis, âsaid Manoj Bisht, who had come to the hospital for his father’s treatment.
Meanwhile, GDMCH is also set to receive its first MRI machine next month. Currently, any patient requiring an MRI is referred to a higher center. The machine, officials said, will help the hospital accommodate more patients.