The Department of Internal Medicine is vital to the efficient functioning of the hospital.
It has two major functions
1. Treating a wide array of primarily medical diseases such as
- Infectious diseases: Diagnosis and treatment of most common infectious diseases with a special interest in diseases in HIV positive patients
- Metabolic diseases such as hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus and its complications
- Respiratory diseases ranging from infections, to chronic airway disease, to reactive airway disease (asthma), restrictive lung diseases and more
- Hepatobiliary conditions such as infectious and non-infectious hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease and so on
- Gastrointestinal diseases: Infectious and non infectious enteritis, reflux syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease, malabsorption syndromes, etc.
- Cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, non invasive management of valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, atherosclerotic disease
- Nephrology: Management of acute and chronic renal failure with dialysis if necessary
- Endocrinology: Diagnosis and management of hormonal hyposecretion and hypersecretion syndromes and their complications
- Immunology: Special interest in HIV and related disease, long term management of retrovirus positive patients and complications related to HIV, vaccinations etc
2. Providing supportive services to all other departments (particularly the surgical specialities) primarily in the area of managing medical co-morbidities of patients
Whenever required, the department of medicine works closely with a number of experts in sub-specialities such as Nephrology, Cardiology, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology.
The department is also supported by a number of excellent facilities such as a fully-equipped, computerised, 24-hour clinical laboratory, 24-hour digital X-ray, 24-hour spiral CT scan, ECG, treadmill, pulmonary function testing and a modern ICU with state of the art ventilators, monitors, syringe pumps, invasive monitoring and an attached dialysis unit.