Divisional Railway Hospital, Golden Rock

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Divisional Railway Hospital
Southern Railway zone
Main entrance of the hospital
Main entrance of the hospital
Geography
Location Golden Rock, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli district, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 10°47′04″N 78°43′31″E / 10.7845°N 78.7253°E / 10.7845; 78.7253Coordinates: 10°47′04″N 78°43′31″E / 10.7845°N 78.7253°E / 10.7845; 78.7253
Organisation
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Full-service medical center
Patron Dr. V. K. Ramteke (DG/RHS)[1][a]
Network Indian Railway Hospitals
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 197
Helipad No
History
Founded 1927; 91 years ago (1927)
Links
Website Railway Health Directorate

The Divisional Railway Hospital, also known as the Ponmalai railway hospital, is a secondary hospital in Golden Rock, in the Tiruchirappalli district, Tamil Nadu, India. This hospital is managed by the Southern Railway zone's Tiruchirappalli railway division. It serves active and retired Indian Railway employees and their families.

History[edit]

The hospital is located amidst the Railway Quarters in Golden Rock, near the Golden Rock Railway Workshop[2] and Golden Rock Shandy. Established in 1927 by the erstwhile South Indian Railway Company,[3] it is the oldest hospital in the Southern Railway zone – older than the Zonal hospital at Perambur, which was constructed in 1928.[4] It is part of Indian Railway Medical Services, which maintains a large network of hospitals – 56 divisional and 9 zonal.[5]

Administration[edit]

The personnel health care in Indian Railways is managed by the Director General of Railway Health Services under the Railway Health Directorate, an apex body at the Railway Board.[6] The Chief Medical Director of the Southern Railway zone oversees the health affairs at the zonal level, under which five divisional hospitals function at Arakkonam, Madurai, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, and Golden Rock, headed by Chief Medical Superintendents.[7] As of 2016, the officer in charge of the hospital is the Chief Medical Officer,[b] Dr R. Soundararajan,[8] an orthopod, who reports to Dr P. Velusamy, the Chief Medical Superintendent for the Tiruchirappalli railway division.[9][a]

Background[edit]

Being one of 56 divisional railway hospitals in India,[1] the hospital functions exclusively for the benefit of serving and retired railway employees and their families,[10] comprising about 100,000 people[4] belonging to the Tiruchirappalli railway division and spanning 10 districts of Tamil Nadu.[11][12] Besides this main facility, the hospital also maintains a 25-bed sub-divisional Hospital at Villupuram and eight Railway Health Units/Polyclinic at Tiruchirappalli Junction, Tiruchirappalli Fort, Srirangam, Vriddhachalam, Tiruvannamalai, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai, and Tiruvarur.[4][13]

Facilities[edit]

New Surgical Ward

The hospital has 21 full-time doctors in seven departments: gynaecology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, dental surgery, anaesthesiology, physiotheraphy, and telemedicine. These are supplemented with a clinical laboratory, ultrasound scan, operation theater, casualty department, ambulance, treadmill, intensive care unit, and blood bank facilities.[14] Additionally, specialists in the field of urology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, and medicine are occasionally engaged on an ad hoc basis for the patients.[4]

Developments[edit]

The hospital, which is visited by about 600 outpatients daily,[10] also has 197 beds for inpatients,[4] including the 2016 addition of a 100-bed surgical ward.[15] The building that once housed the isolation ward was renovated at a cost of 10 lakh (US$14,000) with 12 beds for the sake of inpatients' attendants, with basic amenities for free of cost.[14] About 5 LED television sets and playing equipment for the children at hospital were donated from the Railway Staff Benefit fund.[16] An orthopaedic block with 57 beds was constructed at the second floor of the surgical ward, covering an area about 1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft) and costing 1.65 crore (US$230,000); also installed were a 25 lakh (US$35,000) bed lift and an automated analyser and mechanical ventilator at a cost of 2.52 lakh (US$3,500) and 2.99 lakh (US$4,200), respectively.[17]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The administrators may change from time to time for administrative reasons.
  2. ^ Also Officially known as Divisional Medical Officer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us – Health Directorate". Indian Railways. Railway Board. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Shreenesh, Raman (18 April 2013). "Facility for railway staff in dire straits". The New Indian Express. Tiruchy. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Shreenesh, Raman (22 April 2013). "Hic! Here's the secret of patients in high spirits". The New Indian Express. Tiruchy. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "About Medical Branch – Trichchirappalli Division" (PDF). Southern Railway zone. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Health Directorate". Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016 – via Internet Archive. 
  6. ^ "Facilities – Health Directorate". Indian Railways. Railway Board. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Organisation – Headquarters" (PDF). Southern Railway zone. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Trichy railway station food vendors briefed on hygiene, quality". The Times of India. Trichy. 2 September 2016. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Organisation Structure" (PDF). Southern Railway zone. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  10. ^ a b R. Rajaram (6 May 2014). "Ponmalai railway hospital to create database of diabetic patients". The Hindu. Tiruchi. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Rajaram, R. (6 June 2012). "130 unmanned gates identified for closure in Tiruchi Division". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Jurisdiction map of the Division" (PDF). Southern Railway zone. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Southern Railway – Health Units" (PDF). Indian Railways. Railway Board. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Attendants' block opened at Railway Hospital". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 25 May 2010. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Kallakudi Palanganatham-Ariyalur railway line nearing completion". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Railway staff honoured". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 5 July 2014. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "New orthopaedic block opened at railway hospital". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 9 March 2013. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 

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