Much of the RDT’s ground work is carried out by support services that facilitate better overall functioning and offer best possible health care services to the patients.
A 24-hour Pharmacy is available for the convenience of patients and their families. All the common and useful Medical and Surgical Consumables are available at the store.
Radio Diagnosis & Imaging
The Department of Radiology was started in 2002. With the help of imaging techniques, physicians are able to provide early and reliable consultation to the patients, increasing the chances and rate of recovery. It helps in better diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients. Abdominal and Pelvic ultrasounds are extensively carried out as a subset of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department. As a part of its Cancer Screening Project, a Mammogram Machine has been recently added at Bathalapalli hospital to diagnose breast cancers at an early stage. Digital Radiography facility is available.
Nutrition & Dietetics
The Bathalapalli hospital offers nutritious and ailment-specic diets to its patients, e.g. high protein diets, Jejunostomy feeds, Ryles Tube feeds, and diabetic and renal diets are also provided as per the advice of the nutritionist. The food is provided free of cost to its patients.
Blood bank with the facility of full blood transfusion services was started in 2003 at Bathalapalli hospital. Now, the blood bank is equipped with component separation facility to separate blood into Platelets, Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP), Packed Cells and Cryoprecipitate (Cryo). The facility is also planning an upgrade to include Plateletpheresis in the near future which will facilitate further the effective use of platelets. With this facility, people have realised the importance of blood donation and saving lives in time.
Clinical Biochemistry and Histopathology Laboratory
The laboratory with clinical biochemistry and histopathology services was started in Bathalapalli hospital in 2001. In 2009, the histopathology services were separated from clinical biochemistry. Nearly 6,000 biopsies, cytology and FNAC and 1,50,000 clinical chemistry tests conducted together enable the hospital in conrming its diagnoses of TB, benign and cancerous tumours, infectious diseases detected via lesions and many more ailments. There are plans to add new instruments in the clinical chemistry lab and immunohistochemistry and liquid-based cytology in pathology services.
In 2008, the lab started automated blood cultures system which helps in diagnosis of sepsis and fever. Soon, TB diagnosis with microscopy were carried with Auramine staining technique and GeneXpert. Molecular Line Probe Assays help to nd out which drugs the TB bacteria in a person are sensitive so new technologies like LPA- GT 48 and Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube ( MGIT 960) have been added to identify TB MDR cases from 2015. This is the only lab having liquid culture system for patient follow-up in the Rayalaseema zone.
Hospital Information System (HIS)
In 2009, RDT brought into use the in-house HIS software. Since then, maintaining patient data has become very convenient. The organised format also helps in fast retrieval of patients’ medical history for better treatment. The software is continually being upgraded for future enhancements and better performance.
Biomedical Waste Management
It is indispensable to dispose of biomedical waste from hospital in a stipulated manner, as it can be extremely dangerous for the health of people. The waste is collected thrice a day from the hospital in collection bins that are color-coded in accordance with WHO guidelines. To cause minimum environmental pollution, bio-waste is disposed of by in-house incineration. Kitchen waste and glasses are buried deep in the ground, and plastics are shredded.
To ensure that medical care is swiftly provided to patients during emergencies, Bathalapalli hospital has 4 ambulances that are available round-the-clock for transferring critical patients or patients who need to undergo special investigations like CT scan, MRI, etc. to ther/higher centres.