TLM Faizabad Hospital
Faizabad, the old capital of Awadh, is situated on the banks of river Saryu, 130 kilometres east of Lucknow. People affected by leprosy here are not able to access quality healthcare at their doorstep. Secondary and tertiary-level care for problems related to leprosy are not prioritised by the general health infrastructure. Local people in the district are involved in the occupation of farming.
ABOUT THE HOSPITAL
TLM Faizabad Hospital was established in the year 1938.
The Methodist Mission built a home for leprosy patients thrown out of their homes, in Faizabad, in 1938. Mr M. Hallett, Governor of the North Province, inaugurated the leprosy asylum on August 17, in the same year. Afterwards, the Mission to Lepers (now, The Leprosy Mission Trust India) took over the leprosy asylum.
The facilities provided by the hospital include out-patient facilities, in-patient facilities, operating theatre, laboratory services, ECG services, X-ray services, counselling, physiotherapy, pharmacy, MCR protective footwear and artificial limbs.
Goal of the hospital
The goal of TLM Faizabad Community Hospital is to address the health issues of people affected by leprosy, people with disability and marginalised families in Faizabad and surrounding areas.
The hospital aims to achieve its aim through:
- Working in partnership with the government and other NGOs.
- Improving referral system in the four blocks in Faizabad (Khandasa, Milkipur, Rudauli, and Mayabazar).
- Capacity-building of government health professionals/workers and NGOs in leprosy.
- Providing livelihood opportunities to people affected by leprosy.
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
|The hospital has the following specialities:
In 2015, about 63,000 general consultations were provided, with:
|The hospital has a 60-bedded in-patient wing and provides inpatient facility with 24-hour nursing care and latest equipment. Patients are admitted mainly for:
About 5,200 leprosy bed days and 1,700 general patient bed days were utilised.
Support services (lab tests; X-ray, ECG, and ultrasound; physiotherapy; counselling):
- 26,300 lab tests, including 790 skin smear examinations for leprosy, 12,800 haematology tests and 6300 biochemistry tests done in 2015.
- 169 X-ray imaging and 77 ECG done.
- 170 patients underwent physiotherapy.
- 3,700 leprosy patients counselled.
Prevention of impairment and disability (POID) in leprosy:
The hospital provides patient education, physiotherapy, pre-fabricated splints, MCR protective footwear, etc, to leprosy patients to prevent impairment and disability. In a year:
- 210 leprosy patients diagnosed with reaction/neuritis given appropriate treatment.
- 97 ulcer surgeries done.
- The hospital has an MCR protective footwear manufacturing unit which manufactured 1,100 pairs and supplied to the patients and to the government.
- 50 orthoses manufactured at the artificial limbs manufacturing unit of the hospital and supplied to leprosy patients.
495 people in the community (people affected by leprosy/disability and other marginalised groups) benefitted by the community outreach programme of the hospital. This includes outreach clinics and social welfare schemes of the government.