Demonstrating the operation of the three-and-a-half-ft-wide car on 10-ft-wide corridors of the hospital, Dr. Palaniswami said: “Our new blocks under construction will have 600-ft-wide corridors. It will be difficult for elderly patients to cover this distance on foot, if their room was at one end and the diagnostic wing (such as scan room) at the other. So, we feel this battery-operated car, costing Rs.5 lakh, would be of help to them”.The cars would be operated mostly on the ramps to each floor, but it could also be accommodated in an elevator. It would be of immense help to elderly and disabled patients who come by bus to the hospital for a first-time check-up or follow-up.
Usually, these patients sit at the entrance while an accompanying relative have to look for a wheel chair and a hospital attendant to take the persons inside. The attendants also found it difficult to wheel the patients over a stretch of 800 ft from the gate to the hospital building. Pointing at a small pothole, a hospital authority said this would impede smooth transportation of the patient and they could even experience pain or discomfort if the chair was pushed forcefully on unfriendly surface. “This is a free service for all in-patients and out-patients. The size of the building should not render movement difficult for patients,” Dr. Palaniswami said.