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HISTORY OF SIMS

In 1958, a separate outpatient department of Mayo Hospital , Lahore was setup for the use of government employees. In 1960, this was converted into 55-bedded and name as Wahdat Hospital ; it had medical and surgical facilities, together with laboratory and X-Rays unit. it was later renamed " Services Hospital ".

In 1977, the bed strength was increased to 192(50% for the general public) and it became the teaching hospital of Allama Iqbal Medical College , (AIMC). In 1986, various additional buildings were constructed and the bed strength was raised to 904.In 1995, AIMC moved to its new campus, attached to Jinnah Hospital . Services Hospital then became attached to the Postgraduate Medical Institute, (PGMI), with increased bed strength of 1096.Services Hospital Lahore was declared as "Autonomous Institution" in 1999. Most recently PGMI has become attached to the Lahore General Hospital ; it will be shifted to the premises of LGH on completion of its building.

The Emergency and Trauma Centre was setup in 2002 and is now being upgraded and modernized under the Chief Minister's initiative of "Strengthening of Emergency Medical Services" (SEMS). This scheme has been approved by the Board of Management, at a total cost of Rs. 80 million. Construction work is being carried out by the Communication and Works Department. Equipment worth Rs. 9.9 million is also being purchased under SEMS. As per Chief Minister's initiative, the emergency staff is receiving an additional allowance equivalent to 50% of their basic pay. In addition, all patients attending the Emergency and Trauma Centre are getting medicines free of cost. In order to make the emergency department fully functional, a comprehensive ATLS training program of undergraduate MBBS and nursing student is being Organized. In addition, Staff working in the emergency department is being trained on regular basis to handle emergency patients and disaster victims. Diagnostic facilities at Services Hospital are being further improved by purchasing a "Periscan PIM II Laser Doppler Imager" and a "Whole Body Multi(16 slices) Computerized Tomography System(CT Scanner)". It is planned to create a fully equipped "Vitro-retinal Surgery Unit" and Endocrinology equipment in various department of Services Hospital Lahore, has been approved at a total cost of Rs. 205 million. This will ensure that every department of the hospital has most modern equipment, So that all health delivery services can function efficiently. Another ADP scheme, "Construction of Waiting Area for MOT, ophthalmology Day care centre and extension Medical Block in Services Hospital Lahore" was also approved during 2004-2005, at a cost of Rs. 20.03 million, and construction under this Scheme is in progress; a day care centre for ophthalmology patients will be set up and a waiting area for patient's attendants will be created.

In 2003 , the Government of Punjab has established a unique, self financing Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) for undergraduate medical students and attached to services Hospital. It is planned to construct SIMS hostels and residences for the hospital-related staff on the premises of PGMI and the main SIMS campus within Services Hospital itself SIMS, which has been provisionally recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, had been functioning on the campus of the Postgraduate Medical Institute using he faculty of PGMI. According to the requirement of Pakistan Medical Dental Council, Board of Management, SIMS / Services Hospital , has created posts for teaching and allied staff, authenticated by Finance Department. The 6-Birdwood Road premises have been handed over to SIMS and now we have got our own premises and faculty to teach our students. Teaching posts have been filled with teachers and Professors of the highest rank and contractual recruitment of Assistant Professors of the disciplines is under way. Supporting Staff have also been recruited on contractual basis. As a result, Services Hospital is now functioning at par with any other teaching institution. The Health Department of the Government of Punjab has appointed a Project Director for SIMS and approved its Project Implementation Unit (PIU). PC-i of SIMS has been approved by planning and Development Department and Construction work is likely to start in the near future. After completion of College building and provision of most modern equipment SIMS will be comparable with any national or international teaching institution.


 
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