Psychiatry


Department of Psychiatry at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital was established almost four decade ago, which is currently one of the fast-growing departments in the hospital with presently six faculty members, five senior residents and fifteen PG residents. It was established with the mandate to address psychological issues in the medically ill and provide basic mental health services to the population of Delhi and surrounding areas but now with expansion of mental health services it has become a referral centre for psychiatry services.

The department has shifted to new OPD premises in 2018. The Outpatient department is located at 3rd Floor, B-wing, OPD Block. The 40 (forty) bedded Psychiatry ward (Ward 41) is located opposite the Department of Forensic Medicine, Hospital Gate No. 5. Admissions are taken for both male and female patients with attendant.

Recently the department has grown as Postgraduate teaching setup and developed both outdoor and indoor services, running a robust MD (Psychiatry) program with annual intake of 5 MD students and providing quality mental health services to more than 50000 patients annually in 2018-2019. Department is actively involved in treatment of mental disorder and aimed to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with them.

The MD(Psychiatry) program is affiliated to the GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi and 6 full time teaching faculty designated by the university.

 

FACULTY:

Dr. Kuldip Kumar                -        Professor, Consultant and HOD

Dr. Pankaj Verma               -        Professor & Senior Specialist

Dr. Abhilasha Yadav          -         Associate Professor

Dr Rahul Saha                   -         Assistant Professor

Dr Manushree Gupta        -         Associate Professor

Dr Shaily Mina                    -         Assistant Professor

 

OUT PATIENT SERVICES:

  1. GENERAL PSYCHIATRY OPD   -     Runs daily on working days (Monday to Saturday)

Registration timings                 -     9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Monday to Friday)

               (Computerized)                           -         9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Saturday)

              (Room No. 331 A)

              B- Wing, 3rd Floor,

              Department of Psychiatry,

              New OPD Building Complex

 

  1. SPECIAL CLINICS:

OPD Speciality Clinic

OPD Days

Registration Timings

De-addiction Clinic

Mondays

2 to 3 PM

Child Guidance Clinic

Wednesdays

2 to 3 PM

Psycho-sexual Clinic

Fridays

2 to 3 PM

 

INDOOR PSYCHIATRY SERVICES:

With admission facilities for Adult Psychiatry patients with attendant.

 

AVERAGE OPD ATTENDANCE:

1.       New Cases                     -         50-60 or more per day

2.       Follow up cases            -         130 To 200 or more per day

 

OTHER SERVICES:

  1. Student Counselling and Welfare Center (CWC)

The department with the initiative taken by the Principal, VMMC has started CWC on 4th floor, VMMC building on Fridays 2-4 PM. The department has received positive feedback from the student community as well as the faculty of VMMC with this clinic.

 

  1. Mental disability/Multiple disability board

For disability certificates of persons with intellectual and mental disorders under the rules of the Persons with Disability Act.

 

  1. Psychotherapy and Counselling Sessions for the patients are held daily by faculty and residents.

 

  1. Mental Health Advocacy

The department is committed to address stigma and prejudices towards mental illness by organising awareness program, workshops, World mental health week, participating in All India Radio shows, Doordarshan programs. Since 2018 onwards department has conducted series of public lectures:

  • Stress Management
  • Mental Hygiene
  • Internet Addiction
  • Substance Abuse
  • How to identify depression
  • Myths & Facts about mental illness
  • Good parenting practices for persons with mental illness
  • Mobile addiction
  • Sleeplessness: reasons & solutions
  • Effective ways to quit smoking
  • Managing stress in a healthy way
  • Stigma in mental illness
  • Coping with depression
  • Improving quality of life in OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Alcohol & Mental health
  • How to have Good night sleep: Concepts and methods
  • Care of care givers of Mental patients
  • Coping with exam phobia
  • Tobacco, Gutka and mental illness
  • Parenting of children suffering from mental disorder
  • Practical ways to improve Patient’s compliance in Psychiatry
  • Identification and management of Depression in Cancer patients and their families
  • Time management for Psychiatric patients- Tips to Parents and Family members
  • Depression in Cancer Surgery patients – Causes, effects and solutions
  • “Why people are afraid to visit Psychiatrists”
  • A Dialogue with patients & their families
  • Art of living with Schizophrenia
  • Stress and Anxiety: myths uncovered

 

  1. Consultation Liaison Services

(Referrals and emergencies related to mental health as required by various departments)

 

  1. Psychiatric Emergency Services (everyday including holidays (24×7)

 

  1. Teaching &Training:
  • MD - Psychiatry, students are being posted at Medicine, Neurology, Casualty and other departments as per requirements.
  • Thesis work for many MD/MS students of other specialities related to Psychiatry.
  • Trains MBBS Medical Students, interns & externs.
  • Trainings & teaching students of Nursing from the Safdarjung Hospital and other institutes.
  • Training of DM (Neurology) students in Psychiatry.
  • Short-term Internship training of Postgraduate Psychology students from various universities.
  • Examination centre for B.Sc. & M.Sc. nursing and postgraduate psychiatry exams.

 

  1. Research and Publications:
  • Department has numerous researches, presentations and publications (national, international), representations in various conferences, workshops (details are available in year wise Annual report of the Institute)

 

  1. Future Plans:
  • Behavioral addiction Clinic (Internet related problems)
  • OCD Clinic
  • Brain stimulation therapies – rTMS, TDCS (space is allotted)
Last Updated on : 30/03/2021