Respiratory diseases or diseases affecting the breathing system of the body are the commonest health problems. Most of these diseases, if not treated early affect the quality of life by producing difficulty in breathing, stressful cough or sometimes dangerous symptoms like blood while coughing.
We, at the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at MGMCRI, are concerned about respiratory health and therefore, offer ‘state of art Respiratory care’ we can. The team has both senior and budding physicians who have been trained from renowned institutions across India and provide evidence-based treatment for all respiratory ailments.
The motto of the clinical department of Pulmonary Medicine is ‘Breathe Free’ aiming at making breathing a ‘hassle-free’ task for every individual.
The department provides diagnostic, curative and promotive (‘salutogenesis’)respiratory care, through state of art infrastructure and expertise.
The diagnostic tests and the treatments mentioned below are offered by the
Department of Pulmonary Medicine at affordable costs to every patient:
- Diagnosis and treatment of Bronchial asthma
- Diagnosis and treatment of COPD and other smoking-related diseases
- Diagnosis and treatment of Pulmonary and non-pulmonary Tuberculosis as per the
- National Programme guidelines
- Diagnosis and treatment of non-TB Pulmonary infections/adult vaccinations
- Diagnosis and treatment of interstitial lung diseases
- Diagnosis and treatment of Pleural diseases
- Diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer
- Bronchoscopy and related procedures
- Pulmonary function testing
- Allergy skin testing and IMMUNOTHERAPY
- Sleep diagnostics
- Smoking cessation evaluation and guidance
The Out-Patient Department located in the Ground floor of the Block ‘D’ functions on all working days of the hospital and caters to an average of 150 patients per day who come not only from the surrounding locale but from the far villages in the neighboring Tamilnadu too. The entire process of patient registration, referral for investigation and admission (if deemed necessary) is fully computerized. The cases catered to in the OPD include Bronchial Asthma, COPD, tuberculosis, interstitial lung diseases, pleural diseases etc.
The Department of Pulmonary Medicine caters to inpatient care through 60 exclusive beds in the General ward—30 for Male patients and 30 for Female patients. Affordable patients are catered to through Special wards with all required infrastructure. The department also has exclusive Isolation rooms for Infectious cases.
Facilities available in the Wards
- Central Oxygen Suppaly
- Central Suction
- Portable Oxygen Concentrators
- Multi-para monitors
- Crash Cart facility
- Chest Physiotherapy
- Ward Demonstration Room for students
- Procedure room
- Round the clock lab services
Pulmonary Function Laboratory
The Department has a dedicated PFT LAB for performing Spirometry tests to diagnose and monitor airway diseases. The Spirometry services are offered at an affordable cost. The tests are performed with KOKO-FERRARI Spiro meter with in-built printer. The lab also caters to the research activities in the department.
The department also has the facility for diffusion study (SMART PFT Lab Diffusion Study), a facility available only in select PFT Labs.
The Department of Pulmonary Medicine at MGMC&RI is proud to be the first private institution to acquire a Flexible Fibreoptic Bronchoscope in the region, 15 years back and to provide the service at an affordable cost to the needy patients.
The procedure is done in an exclusive suite maintained by a dedicated staff experienced in endoscopy procedures. The postgraduates of the department acquire valuable hands-on training in the procedure by performing Bronchoscopy under the guidance and supervision of the faculty.
The procedure is done with state of art OLYMPUS FIBREOPTIC SCOPE BF-TE 2 with Video attachment and OLYMPUS Video bronchoscope.
The various procedures performed through the bronchoscope are:
- Bronchial washings
- Bronchial brushings
- Endobronchial biopsies
- Transbronchial biopsies
- Bronchial lavage
- Endobronchial gluing
MGMCRI has been recognized as a ‘Designated Microscopy cum DOTS Centre’ under the revised National Tuberculosis Control Program by the Puducherry State TB Control Office since 2006. The Department of Pulmonary Medicine was the first to adopt the RNTCP among the Medical colleges in Puducherry region with the establishment of the DOTS center in its Outpatient department. The diagnostic services under RNTCP are carried out by an RNTCP trained Technician with an emphasis on quality Smear Microscopy. The department has made provisions to arrange for free anti-TB treatment to all diagnosed patients under the program.
LUNG FNAC & BIOPSY
INTERCOSTAL TUBE DRAINAGE
ALLERGIC SKIN TESTING
LEVEL 3 POLYSOMNOGRAPHY
The department regularly participates in the extension camps organized by the hospital and also conducts special camps during commemoration days.