Southern Railways has started emergency medical care centres at 23 important stations including Chennai Central, Egmore, Tambaram, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Salem. The concept was innovative as the Railways provide the land free of cost to the corporate hospital which can set up the facilities. In return, primary healthcare service is provided by them to railway passengers free of cost. It’s a win-win situation for all,” said additional general manager P K Mishra. Corporate hospital giants like Apollo and SRM have been involved with Southern Railway in this programme.
Physicians and nurses are stationed 24×7 at these centres which have equipment to resuscitate like defibrillator, nebuliser, and stretcher. Cases of heart attack, breathlessness and injuries suffered while boarding or alighting from trains among others are attended to. An ambulance is also stationed inside the station complex in case the patient has to be rushed to a nearby hospital. It is not compulsory that the patient be taken to a corporate hospital