The Department of General Medicine at PRS Hospital is fortunate to have highly skilled physicians on hand at all times for consultations and cross-references. Dr. A. L. Sarma has been a part-time consultant for general medicine cases at P R S Hospital since it opened in 1986. Under Dr. Josemon Thomas, a full-fledged medical facility was established in March 1987. In 1989, a second unit operated under the direction of Dr. D. S. Mohan. Dr. D. S. Mohan handled cardiac cases and oversaw the ICCU before beginning his specific specialties. Later, four consultants and four additional units were established under the direction of Dr. Murukesan, Dr. Pavithran, Dr. Rajesh, and Dr. Deepu. All six units are currently operating independently.
In addition to caring for patients in OP (300 patients on average per day) and IP (50 patients on average per day), medical units also provide supportive care for patients in other specialties. Also, consultants and their junior doctors respond to emergency calls in the ER and on the wards. The medical department offers comprehensive diabetic treatment, including therapeutic and preventive services. Recently, we started doing continuous glucose monitoring. We intend to begin using insulin pumps for treatment. Diabetes camps and diabetic foot camps are held annually.
The general medicine curriculum includes regular journal clubs and clinical clubs with active participation from consultants and junior doctors. The department's consultants are ably assisted in their work by knowledgeable, diligent juniors and casualty medical officers.