Dr. S. Ramji
Medical Superintendent
(Lok Nayak Hosptial)

Lok Nayak Hospital (LNH) has a history older than the independent Republic of India, having been initiated in the year 1936 as Irwin Hospital. From an initial bed strength of 320 Lok Nayak Hospital (also known as LNJPN, LNJP or JP Hospital) has already gone up to bed strength approaching 2000. Apart from catering to the needs of residents of Delhi - primarily Old, Central and East - the umbrella expectedly covers many iterant patients from neighbouring states as well by virtue of its location being closest to Delhi, New Delhi and Nizamuddin Railway Stations as well as Interstate Bus Terminals at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar. Consequently the need of bed strength has gone up exponentially.

Keeping this growing need of the population - not just of Delhi but a large tract of Northern India - LNH is now going through a phase of renaissance. From a quaint and charming but majestic old facade the hospital is developing into a modern structure replete with modern facilities while trying not to lose its essential character.

Several old, two storey structures have given way to eight floored multi-storeyed structures with patient-friendly features, better space utilization, ergonomically designed work areas etc.

The new Accident & Emergency block consists of a large casualty area on the ground floor and an OPD registration area which is computerized. The first floor house areas for Radiological investigations, Biochemistry, Blood Bank and other blood sampling facilities. The second floor caters to the need of nephrology department with facilities for dialysis. The third floor houses the emergency wards of major specialties. The Adult K'U finds place on the fourth floor as does the Emergency Operation Theatre. There are 5 modular OTs which include 2 OTs dedicated full time for the specialties of Paediatric Surgery and Neuro-Surgery. The fifth floor has an isolated Swine Flu ward with its own isolated and dedicated access and lift. The Paediatric surgery wards are located on the sixth floor.

A new block of wards has been built which holds the major wards for patients belonging to the specialties of Gynaecology, General Surgery, Orthopedics and ENT. There are areas demarcated for academic activities on different floors for different specialties. The ground floor of this block has the hospital kitchen stationed in it and is provided with fine quality equipment for day to day use.

A new 450-bedded Orthopedics block has become operational recently wherein the OPD, physiotherapy and occupational therapy facilities have started functioning.

It is expected that shortly the wards as well as the operating rooms will also shift from their existent locations.

At present, the hospital provides clinical care to patients in the following categories:-:

  1. Anaesthesia
    The department manages the anaesthesia requirements for various surgical,investigative and therapeutic specialities as well as managing the Adult ICU.
  2. Burns and Plastic surgery
  3. Dermatology
  4. Ear, Nose and Throat
  5. General surgery Including, endoscopic surgery, urology and Lithotripsy Planning - OPD New Block
  6. Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  7. Medicine Including Pulmonology, Nephrology, ART Clinic, TB clinic, Swine Flu ward etc.
  8. Neurosurgery
  9. Orthopaedics
  10. Paediatric Medicine Including, Neonatology, Neonatal K'U and Paediatric K'U
  11. Paediatric Surgery
  12. The Radiotherapy facilities are temporarily unavailable for operational reasons
  13. An OPD featuring indigenous medical systems is also available
  14. A Screening OPD has been initiated.

The clinical specialities are well backed by the associated departments of Radiodiagnosis, Pathology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Blood Bank.

The hospital is under intense preparation for accreditation by NABH and is gradually moving towards the exacting standards of assessment required

LNH has been identified as the first hospital in the capital to develop facilities to handle Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear attack. The approval is underway to initiate the process. For quite some time now, LNH has been providing medicare facilities for administrative personnel as well as sportspersons participating in events preceding the eagerly awaited 2010 Commonwealth Games. Training is also being imparted in life support skills for Venue Medical Officers, Paramedics including CATS personnel, Nurses and Volunteers.

LNH is undergoing a significant metamorphosis in its evolution towards becoming a top class health facility in the country, committed to the welfare of all who approach it. With its rich legacy and history as a background it is likely to undergo many further changes towards this objective. Commensurate with these changes, the institution has now got its own logo featuring a family supported by caring hands and rising flames pledging improved and enhanced levels of healthcare support.


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