The department of Pulmonary Medicine was established in the year 1986. This department is affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College for undergraduate & postgraduate teaching. This department has three flexible fibreoptic bronchoscopes, a well-equipped pulmonary function laboratory, ventilators and blood gas analyzers besides other routine equipment. The department has been situated on the First floor of the Hospital building facing towards the Poona-Bangalore Highway. It is well ventilated, and has got four Consultant chambers. There are separate rooms to carry out various tests such as Allergy skin test, Pulmonary function testing, Bronchoscopy, pleural biopsy, Intercostal tube drainage, Lung biopsy, Etc. There is also a separate room for teaching the undergraduate and post-graduate students. The department has also got adequate space for the patients as well as the relatives of the patients to sit comfortably and discuss the modes of the management with the attending Consultant. There is a separate room for the recovery patients and the patients can be kept for the day care management purpose, specially after the various procedures. Thus the patient can go home on the same day after any procedure.
This department has the following equipments namely,
- Fibreoptic bronchoscopy-three
- Pulmonary Function Test machine-two
- Mechanical Ventilators
- Allergy Testing Kit
- Arterial Blood Gas Analyser
- Pleural & Lung biopsy needles
- Lung biopsy needles
The department has been recognized by the MCI for conducting the postgraduate course of MD in Pulmonary Medicine and is affiliated to the KLE University. The department has published more than 200 scientific papers in the National Medical Journals. The department has conducted many workshops for the postgraduate students.
The department regularly conducts free health camps for patients suffering from respiratory disorders especially bronchial asthma and tuberculosis. Besides these free smoking cessation clinics are being held regularly. The department is actively involved in the implementation of Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme ( RNTCP ). The department has conducted many workshops on RNTCP for the staff members, post graduates students, internees as well as for undergraduate students. Hence the department has been recognized as a Nodal center for RNTCP at J.N. Medical College, Belagavi.
Soon department will be starting State of art sleep laboratory which would be first of its kind in this part of the State. Also department is planning to have thoracoscope and advanced pulmonary function test laboratory with facilities to do DLCO.