Out Patient Department (OPD)
IVRS Based Telephone Outpatient Services
NIMHANS is opening the outpatient services for in-person visits from 1st June 2020. In order to reduce overcrowding and to ensure social distancing in the OPD premises, the outpatient services will be through appointment only.
Both new and old patients of NIMHANS can obtain their OPD appointment by dialing this number
Telephonic consultation will continue to be provided for patients who are unable to visit the hospital due to travel restrictions and quarantine rules.
NIMHANS strongly urges its patients to obtain teleconsultation as much as possible and to defer in person visits. We urge outpatients to stay safe particularly in the pandemic times.
How to register in the neurosurgery OPD as a fresh patient?
The patient has to report to the Screening Block. An intial assessment is performed and if the complaints are related to neurosurgical disease, the patient is referred to the neurosurgery OPD. In case of referral of a patient to the neurosurgery department, the patient can directly report to the neurosurgery OPD. The patient has to register in the OPD by providing demographic details. He/she would then be seen at the Neurosurgery OPD.
How do I report to neurosurgery OPD as a patient on followup?
The patient has to report to the Neurosurgery OPD with the follow up card. The card contains the patient details and the Patient identification number(UHID/Neuro number). The file is obtained from the Medical Records Section and the patient is then seen in the OPD.
What are the timings of the OPD?
The OPD timings are from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. However, all patients registered in the OPD are seen on the same day.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there online registration for patients?
Currently a fresh patient can register for an appointment using the online registration facility.
Are there special procedures for patients from outside the country?
Yes, the patient has to have a valid medical visa for undergoing treatment at NIMHANS. Admission of foreign nationals is brought to the notice of the administration.
What are the diseases treated by a neurosurgeon?
A neurosurgeon treats diseases which require surgical intervention on the brain, spinal cord, their coverings including the skull and spine and surgical diseases affecting the peripheral nerves or plexus. The diseases range from congenital such as hydrocephalus, spina bifida to neoplastic such as glioma, cerebrovascular such as aneurysms and AVMs, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, drug resistant epilepsy, traumatic brain and spine injuries
Is subspeciality care available in neurosurgery?
Subspeciality care in a number of disciplines is available at NIMHANS including treatment for cerebrovascular diseases, brain tumours, spine, drug resistant epilepsy, movement disorders, pediatric diseases, craniovertebral and craniofacial anomalies
What constitutes a neurosurgical emergency?
Neurosurgical emergencies typically constitute head and spinal cord injuries which require management by a neurosurgical team. Other emergencies include diseases which result in bleeding such as subarachnoid heamorrhage, large intraparenchymalheamorrhage, intraventricular bleeding etc. Tumours which cause significant midline shift and/or brain herniation also constitute neurosurgical emergencies.
Whom will I meet when I bring a patient to the emergency?
The neurosurgical casualty is run by a team of doctors. They will evaluate the patient on presentation at the casualty and further steps of management are undertaken after discussion with the team members.
How long will it take for starting treatment in the emergency?
Emergency measures such as airway, breathing and circulation are common to all emergencies and are initiated on presentation at the casualty. The patient is triaged in the casualty. Based on the triage subsequent measures are initiated. Specific measures such as surgery usually require evaluation by some form of imaging such as CT/MRI or DSA and blood investigations.
I am a followup patient. In what situations should I come to casualty instead of the followup OPD?
Any worsening of sensorium of a patient, noticing fluid leak or pus discharge from an operated wound, uncontrolled seizures, sudden worsening of weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control following discharge from hospital requires evaluation in the casualty. The patients will be assessed and further measures will be advised following evaluation.
Can I meet my earlier doctor when I report at the casualty?
The problems of the patient and measures are communicated to the unit doctors and the unit doctors would see the patient at the earliest feasible time. However, necessary treatment measures would be instituted in the casualty on presentation based on the condition of the patient.
I am not sure if it is an emergency, what should I do?
The patient can be shown to a physician who is available closest to your place of residence. He/she can advise you on the severity of the disease.
In the casualty, wiil I be admitted or referred to another hospital?
All patients presenting to the casualty are evaluated and triaged. Those of the patients who require urgent care are given preference over other patients. Those patients who are not in emergent neurosurgical care or require multispeciality care are referred to other hospitals.
Is there a method by which I can get in touch with a neurosurgeon during an emergency?
A neurosurgical team is available throughout the day at the casualty. All necessary neurosurgical care can be instituted at the casualty. However, specific measures such as ICU care, emergent operative measures can be given based on availability of said facilities at the given point of time.