In my previous blog, I wrote about my experience when I stepped out to donate blood. The way I saw people driving casually and congregating, especially delivery boys, set the alarm ringing.
However, my experience at the hospital was quite opposite.
The hospital I went to, is Fortis at Bannerghatta road, Bangalore. The hospital seemed to have quarantined itself. Usually the hospital is full of patients and visitors. But the entry, now, has been restricted on 'need basis'. New patients are asked to report to the emergency ward. Main gate is open only for attendees of admitted patients or blood donors like I was.
Temperatures were taken, Forms were provided to enter our travel history and to register our health conditions. Sanitizer was provided at the gate before we could step into the hospital.
The lobby seemed deserted and no one waiting near the elevators - that was a sight I hardly had during normal days.
Down at the blood bank, was made me even happier was that in spite of such a situation, the medical staff was at the pleasant best. The nurses and the other paramedic staff were cheerful, greeting and wishing us warmly.
The irony was while we should be thankful to them for standing up at such a time, they were thanking us for getting rid of our fear factor and agreeing to donate blood.
When I pointed that out and thanked the nurse for being there, she responded with mere a smile.
I was curious on how are they managing their commute at this time and having heard the stories of apartment complexes not being friendly towards medical staff, I was also concerned on how are they managing.
The nurses was nonchalant about it. She informed me that the hospital has made good arrangement within hospital building for its staff to stay back. No new patient, unless critical, is being accepted. That gives enough room to the hospital to station its nurses and other paramedical staff. That I found to be thoughtful of the hospital management.
When I left the hospital, I walked out with gratitude towards the staff which is working untiringly. If this is a war and we are facing wartime, these folks are our warriors and whatever gratutude we express towards them would be less.
Hats off to you, who are in white or in greens or in any such uniform.