Lahore’s 147 Year Old Mayo Hospital Gets Revamped

Written by Pliro
Nov 24, 2017 Last updated: Nov 28, 2017

Mayo hospital is one of Pakistan’s oldest and largest hospitals, affiliated with the prestigious King Edward University. Although it is equipped with highly qualified doctors and advanced medical techniques, the hospital needed a major renovation. It is 147 years old, and was even present before Pakistan came into being. There had been many queries recently as to how the institution would be preserved and whether or not it was any longer safe. Let us read on further on this Mayo hospital revamp.

About Mayo Hospital

The Mayo Hospital was completed in 1870 and inaugurated in 1871. Since then, it has continued to provide quality healthcare and medical facilities to Pakistan. It was named after viceroy of pre colonial India, “Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo“. It is one of the largest hospitals in South East Asia and is spread across over 54.6 acres of land. The main building is enclosed in a boundary consisting of 11 gates. Moreover, it has a capacity of 2399 beds, which is over 2000 more beds than on the day of Independence in 1947.

Architectural Changes

Since it is more than a century old, the architecture of the hospital has been falling apart. The huge clock in the tower is broken and has been frozen in time for many years now. Furthermore, the wards, hallways and broken roofs are a sure shot sign that re-construction would be hugely welcome. However, the Amritsar ward has seen a speedy re-construction and the designs show promise. Therefore, the standards have been raised high and there is hope of achieving a state of the art facility for thousands of patients nationwide. The revamp is being planned by renowned architect Nayyar Ali Dada, and “Friends of Mayo” will help improve services after the renovations/

New Posts and Shifts

According to the Express Tribune, the emergency wards are to be supervised under senior professors. Furthermore, Mayo Hospital’s Dr Salman Kazmi said that numerous new posts would be created with attractive salary packages for all those posts. These would include professor of emergency, associate professor of emergency and many others. Additionally, one patient would be attended by one professional, so that the responsibility is focused in one direction. The doctors would be working three shifts of 8 hours each, and may be requested to work at least 12 hours in case of emergencies.

New Facilities and Equipment

Mayo Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Asad Aslam said that the emergency wards would all have modern equipment and technology. The facilities would match those of any state-of-the-art facility to ensure quality healthcare and services for the patients. According to Express Tribune, he has stated that a project cost summary will be sent to the health department. This will allow them to “purchase modern equipment needed for the emergency departments.” Furthermore, Dr Salman Kazmi talked about a separate emergency department being established at all the teaching hospitals. This would follow the pattern of the Turkish Emergency Model.

Added Security Facilities

The recent terror threats have given the administration lots to consider in terms of security. Therefore, the chief executive has made it clear that security arrangements are to be redesigned. Firstly, the hospital wards will be rebuilt, after which exclusive parking lots will be made, once the gates are revamped. However, due to security and quality control, one ward will be built at a time, according to Dr. Asad. Secondly, modern security cameras would be put up in each of the wards to avoid any suspicious activity. Plans to secure the hospital from the outside are also on the way.

In conclusion, the renovation attempts so far deliver a lot of promise. Along with the heritage, it is also important to preserve the quality of healthcare in the country. If a prestigious institution such the Mayo Hospital shows that it can be done, then it is possible anywhere in the country.