Our inpatient services at the Dharwad Institute of Mental Health And Neurosciences (DIMHANS) Dharwad provide comprehensive care and support for individuals with acute mental health needs. We are committed to ensuring the well-being and recovery of our patients by offering a safe, therapeutic, and compassionate environment.Outpatient services for non-emergency cases are run on all days Sunday to Saturday and (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from morning 9.00 A.M. On an average about 150 new and 380 old patients in all three specialties of Neurology and Psychiatry patients are seen per day in these services.
Process of Registration & Evaluation
When the patient first visits the outpatient services, (s) he has to get registered at the registration counter situated on the ground floor near the main gate of the OPD building. There is a charge for registration. Once registered, a registration card bearing the Unique Health Identification Number (UHID) is issued to the patient. Further, necessary personal and socio-demographic details are noted during the registration process.Once done with the registration, a detailed work up/assessment is done by a junior doctor using a structured format during which the details about the patient’s illness is collected, documented and then discussed with the senior doctor for appropriate management and treatment. The entire process of the first visit takes approximately 1/2 -1 hour. The patient who has been advised psychological management has to visit another unit (Psychosocial Unit) which is few minutes away from the OPD main building where the required treatment would be initiated.
The follow up visits should be on the unit days as mentioned on the registration card. However, the patients can choose to visit on any other day in matters of emergency. For the patients having a follow up visit at the Institute, the process is similar to the first visit where they have to proceed to the registration counter with the previous registration details. A token number is received and the list of names is displayed on the notice board. The patients and their guardians need to wait outside the designated rooms for further consultation.Inpatient services involve the admission of individuals who require intensive treatment and care for their mental health conditions. Once advised inpatient treatment within the hospital, the patient has to report in Counter No.16 (Admission Corner) situated on the ground floor near the main gate of the OPD building. The patient has to follow the advice given in Counter No.16 and deposit the money at the cash counter for inpatient treatment.
The hospital has 24 hour emergency services for patients who are mentally ill. There are 20 beds (10 males, 10 females), and the services are provided free, apart from the cost of medicines and food which has to be borne by the guardians accompanying the patient. The guardians are required to stay with the patient till their stay in emergency ward. The patient may be either discharged, referred to a medical facility or admitted to the inpatient wards depending on his/her condition. In O.P.D., there is also a facility for 24-hour telephonic help line services. The on-duty nurses and trained doctors attend the call and gives valuable advice to the people who are in need have help.