CGHS Online Appointment Booking Restored At Wellness CentreThe Hindu posted a news item regarding restoring of CGHS Online Appointment Booking at Wellness Centre. This online appointment system saves senior citizens from waiting for long hours in queues without food and medicine. The report is given below
Online Appointment Restored At CGHS Wellness CentreHere is good news for Central government pensioners. Full-fledged online appointment has been restored at the CGHS Wellness Centre, located on the premises of the Government Hospital for Mental Care, with effect from April 16, according to T.K. Bhagavanudu, CGHS cardholder and pensioner, who has been fighting for the cause since long.
It may be recalled that the problems of pensioners visiting the CGHS Centre was highlighted in these columns on the headline: “All is not well with Wellness Centre” (Health Watch, March 30, 2018). The problems in accessing the online system for taking appointments was forcing CGHS cardholders, a majority of whom are pensioners, who had retired long ago, to make it to the dispensary before daybreak and await their turn under trees for it open after 8 a.m.
Mr. Bhagavanudu had also raised the issues of inadequacy of doctors and non-availability of drugs at the wellness centre. “I was successful in getting an online appointment on April 16 and on the next day I was able to book an appointment for my wife. Full-fledged online appointment is crucial to save senior citizens from waiting for long hours in queues without food and medicine,” he says.He acknowledged the contribution of All Central Government Employees Pensioners Association leaders KBR Prasad, J. Janardhana Rao and GSN Murthy in his struggle for the revival of the online system.
Steps for Booking Online Appointment by CGHS BeneficiariesCGHS has introduced Online Appointment System for the convenience of CGHS Beneficiaries. So that they can avoid waiting unnecessarily for a long time in a queue . The Steps for Booking Online Appointment is explained below, follow these steps to book online appointment
STEPS FOR BOOKING ONLINE APPOINTMENT BY CGHS BENEFICIARIES1.Visit the website cghs.nic.in
2.Click on the option “Book Appointment” available on RHS of the screen
3.Enter beneficiary ID and click on “Generate OTP”.Online Appointment System for CGHS beneficiaries
4.An OTP (One Time Password) will be sent on registered mobile no. of the beneficiary or to the main card holder’s mobile if that is the only registered number.
5.Enter OTP and click on “Proceed”.
6.Beneficiary details are displayed on screen. Click on “Proceed” button if the details displayed on screen are correct otherwise click on “NOT YOU”. In that case login again and proceed as above.
7.Select Specialty, Dispensary, Doctor as per your choice and click on “Proceed” button. A beneficiary can select a GDMO (General Duty Medical Officer) or a Specialist of any of the CGHS wellness centre for appointment.
8.A calendar is displayed to choose a date that has the availability of appointment for the selected doctor. Select date for appointment.
9.On selecting date, top of the screen shows the slot timings and the appointments available. A beneficiary can choose the desired slot.
10.Click on “Proceed to Book Appointment”. One can go back and make changes by using the ‘Change the Specialty’ button.
11.On clicking the button “Proceed to Book Appointment”, beneficiary details and the appointment details are displayed on the screen for confirmation.
12.Click on the option “Confirm to Book Appointment”, Confirmation status page is displayed. One can print the confirmation slip, or book another appointment. System would also send an SMS to registered mobile number.
13.Appointment for the GDMO can be taken within 72 hours of date of appointMent whereas appointment for the Specialist can be taken within 1 month of date of appointment. Online appointment cannot be made for the same day/date. (This window period may change depending upon the decisions taken from time to time)
14.If a self registered patient arrives at the indicative time slot and by that time his “Q” number has already passed, he will be called as very next patient, barring emergencies. However, if the indicative time slot has passed beyond half an hour then he will have to get fresh registration from WC registration counter.
15.If patient fails to turn up on appointed time thrice in a row the facility for him may be blocked for a month.
Source : CGHS.nic.in