The Paediatrics Department, founded in 2002, was started as families had little or no access to good quality specialised healthcare services for their children. Both general and intensive care is offered for sick new-borns and children across its well-equipped Paediatrics, Neonatology, Neonatal ICU (NICU) and Paediatrics ICU (PICU) wards.
The 92-bedded paediatricsspeciality caters to children up to the age of 14 years presenting with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. The most common paediatrics admissions are for Viral Fevers, Gastroenteritis, Malaria, Dengue, Respiratory Infections and tropical diseases such as Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Measles, Chicken Pox, Viral Hepatitis, etc. About 108 Thalassemia children are getting treated and the hospital’s registry of affected children is the largest in the district. The department offers them the crucial lifelong care they need, free-of-cost transfusions, chelation and regular monitoring. Every year 1-2 children are sent for bone marrow transplantation.
The hospital’s Neonatal ICU (NICU) has beds catering to 3 levels of neonatal care. Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature, have low birth weight or with medical conditions like Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, Sepsis, Birth Asphyxia and Jaundice. All very low weight babies are fed and monitored till they reach their target weight (at least 1,500 grams). Even after their discharge from the NICU, the babies’ families are followed up to monitor for detection of any growth issues, and application of stimulation therapy as needed.
Bathalapalli hospital also has a dedicated 5-bedded Paediatrics ICU (PICU) that offers ventilated and non-ventilated support to children. The PICU is a one-of-its kind unit in the district that is well-equipped with facilities for bedside Testing, Imaging and procedures such as Rapid Sequence Intubation, Central Venous Access, Intra-arterial BP Monitoring, Conventional and Hybrid mode Mechanical Ventilation, Peritoneal Dialysis, etc. The department is equipped to carry out all the required investigations like Imaging, X-Rays, Blood Chemistry Tests. Any child needing speciality services beyond RDT’s hospital network’s capability is referred to tertiary-care centres in super-speciality services like Paediatric Surgery, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Haematic-oncology, etc. where RDT sponsors the cost of treatment.