A Joint initiative by Southern Railways and Apollo Hospitals, the Emergency Medical Care Centre, supported by an ACL (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) ambulance and a first of its kind battery charged ambulance buggy to ferry patients, will be equipped to stabilize emergency cases arising at the station
The 24/7 free emergency medical centre at Chennai central station will cater to the needs of passengers in need of immediate medical aid. This Centre is equipped with facilities and expertise that can help stabilise patients before being referred to the nearest hospital, if needed, for advanced care as deemed fit by the doctor the Centre.
Located adjacent to the main entrance of the station, next to the manager’s cabin, the 500 sq. feet full-fledged facility will be manned 24/7 by an emergency physician and 2 paramedic nurses working in three different shifts to ensure round the clock service. For the first time in the State, a fully battery operated ambulance buggy has been introduced to help ferry patients who might be in need of immediate medical attention from the various platforms to the Centre, and subsequently to the ACL Ambulance parked outside, in case the patient needs to be shifted to a hospital. The ACL ambulance, manned by one male nurse and an ambulance driver trained in first aid administration will be on Standby within the station limits.
With Chennai Central being one of the arterial connectivity centre for Southern Railways and one of the busiest railway stations witnessing an average of 5 to 6 lakh footfalls in a day, this emergency medical centre will help passengers in need of critical medical aid at the most crucial time.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman and Founder of Apollo Hospital said, “Every human life is priceless and as members of the medical fraternity we understand the importance of emergency care which needs to be administered as soon as possible. With this centre in place, we hope that we will be able to better serve the needs of passengers and help them benefit from the well-established healthcare facilities available in Chennai.