Keeping you safe during omicron – the new strain of COVID
The CK Birla Hospital is a COVID-19 safe hospital offering uninterrupted quality care to patients in Gurugram and New Delhi.
COVID variants are constantly mutating, becoming a cause of distress. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the new strain of COVID – Omicron – has been marked as a ‘Variant of Concern’. In such unprecedented times, the priority of every individual is to remain safe. However, pandemic or not, your medical care cannot be paused. It is important for citizens to seek timely medicinal therapeutic and preventive treatments. Nonetheless, the idea of seeking medical care during these times raises the question – ‘Is it safe to visit a hospital right now?’
The answer is Yes, only if you are visiting a ‘COVID19 safe hospital’. At the CK Birla Hospital, we prioritise the safety and health of you and your family. Hence, in the span of the past 2 years, since the onslaught of coronavirus, we have taken diverse measures and developed a wide range of protocols to curb the spread of infection.
Before we delve into how we are a safe destination for your healthcare, let us first take a glance at the new strain of COVID – omicron.
What is omicron?
COVID new strain, omicron, is the latest variant of the infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This new strain of coronavirus has been discovered recently and researchers all over the world are still understanding its impact in detail.
Omicron, however, has been considered as a highly-transmissible variant with an increased risk of infection.
Symptoms of omicron
Common symptoms of covid-19 new strain, omicron, include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
How are we keeping you safe?
With omicron, the risk of infection is higher even with lesser exposure to the virus. Due to its highly transmissible nature, healthcare institutions and hospitals, all over the world, have bolstered their safety protocols.
The CK Birla Hospital has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID19. With the surge of omicron variant cases across the country, we have revisited our emergency preparedness plans to increase their impact.
Here is how we are ensuring the safety of our staff and our patients during Omicron:
Convenient Tele-consult facility
Utilising the digitisation of medical care, we have shifted to online platforms for doctor consultations. We offer primary care and preventive medicine through telephonic consultation with our team of experts. This allows the patients to have a personal, one-on-one interaction with the doctor from the comfort and safety of their homes. Our telemedicine facility lets you access high-quality healthcare services without actually visiting hospital premises.
Strict enforcement of COVID appropriate behaviour & PPE norms
Both the units of the CK Birla Hospital have put in place stringent COVID norms. The hospitals adhere to international and national guidelines and protocols including NICE guidelines and those from the NHS.
In the wake of Omicron, we have quickly transformed our day-to-day operations through extensive communication and cross-functional collaboration. We have placed porta cabins and makeshift arrangements for broader infection control and to ensure COVID-appropriate behaviour. We also established a robust task force to address the issue of medical supplies to assist the biomedical team and supply support function to procure essentials.
Strict covid-screening & testing protocols for all patients
We have stringent screening and testing protocols for all patients and visitors. At the entrance of the hospital, our staff discusses your symptoms in detail followed by routine screening and check-up which includes measuring your body temperature and pulse.
For the patients who are hospitalised at our centres, we arrange routine COVID tests as preliminary tests. We have also placed hand sanitising stations at several places in the hospital to make sure that all patients and visitors have access to sanitisers.
Vaccination of all staff
We take pride in declaring that our clinical and non-clinical staff at both centres are 100% vaccinated. While healthcare delivery is supreme, the safety and wellbeing of our staff and healthcare workers remain of utmost importance. We have bolstered up our protective measures extensively. From safety gears to on-premise awareness campaigns and uncompromising testing protocols, we stretch beyond our limits to keep our staff guarded and empowered.
Strong restrictions on the number of attendants & visitors
Since the dawn of COVID19, we have restricted and limited the number of attendants and visitors. Our guidelines clearly state that patients are to be supported by a single caregiver. It is an essential step to curb the spread of infection among visitors. Our experts only ask you to visit the hospital premises when it is absolutely essential for your health.
The CK Birla Hospital, Gurgaon and New Delhi have a collective strength of over 100 experts. Our team of multidisciplinary experts provides a holistic outlook to help maintain your overall health. Our unique ‘care team’ approach allows us to provide our patients with personalised attention and care through a whole team, instead of a single caregiver.
Getting safe and trusted care during COVID19 is possible. Consult our team of experts to stay protected during the onset of the new strain of coronavirus.