‘Work From Hospital’? This Hyderabad hospital gives WFH new meaning with workspaces for patient attendants

Yashoda Hospital Hitech City said the initiative aimed at providing convenience and support to families attending to their loved ones.

BySumit Jha

Published Feb 22, 2024 | 7:36 PMUpdatedFeb 22, 2024 | 7:36 PM

The hospital-work blend initiative includes designated workspaces equipped with essential amenities such as desks, chairs, power outlets, and high-speed internet access, Yashoda Hospital said. (X)

Imagine this: A family member faces an unfortunate medical emergency, necessitating hospitalisation. You are the attendant, however, you also have that crucial online meeting to attend. Taking it in the crowded waiting room would most certainly be an inconvenience to you, the members on the call, and others in the waiting room.

However, if you are at Yashoda Hospital in Hitech City, this wouldn’t be a concern, thanks to their latest initiative — the introduction of dedicated workspaces for the attendants of patients. They are giving WFH a new meaning — Work From Hospital!

Public reacts to Yashoda’s new feature

In a post on X, a technology entrepreneur from the city shed light on how hospitals are adapting to assist patient attendants, whose needs are usually ignored by hospital staff.

“WFH evolves – Work from Hospital. Yashoda Hospital in Hitech City introduces desks for those needing to work while attending family treatments,” said X user Ravi Korukonda.

Appreciating the “thoughtful gesture from the hospital”, he threw open a question on his post. “Post-Covid, WFH has surged, but does this hospital-work blend boost productivity, or is it just helping to fool companies? Thoughts?

In a reply to Korukonda, one user drew from personal experience to laud to the move. “As an employee who had to take care of a family member for an extended period I appreciate this gesture. I used to work day and night in hospital waiting areas. Companies will max give 1 week leave and after (that) we have to manage like this.”

Another user, Shekhar Bandaru said, “It will help companies actually. Else employees will take leaves. Deliverables and business continuity could be impacted.”

Acknowledging the sad reality of the work culture today, one Abhijeet Gopal said, “This will get them more patients. Its setting up wrong expectations. During medical conditions, family needs support. Imagine dad is on ventilator and son is presenting to CEO how they are going to delight clients with new product. It’s not worth but, looks like it’s a necessity.”

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‘Enhancing experience for patients and families’

In an official statement, Yashoda Hospital Hitech City proudly announced the introduction of dedicated workspaces within its premises. This initiative aims to provide convenience and support to families attending to their loved ones undergoing treatment.

Dr Pavan Gorukanti, Director at Yashoda Hospitals, emphasised the hospital’s commitment not only to delivering exceptional medical care but also to enhancing the overall experience for patients and their families.

“At Yashoda Hospitals, we are committed to not only providing exceptional medical care but also enhancing the overall experience for patients and their families. We understand the challenges faced by individuals who need to attend to work commitments while supporting their loved ones through treatment. Our introduction of dedicated work desks within the hospital premises aims to alleviate some of these challenges, allowing families to maintain productivity while being present for their loved ones,” he said in the statement.

The hospital-work blend initiative encompasses designated workspaces equipped with essential amenities such as desks, chairs, power outlets, and high-speed internet access. These facilities are strategically positioned within the hospital premises, ensuring easy access for family members without compromising patient care or comfort.

“By integrating workspace facilities within the hospital environment, Yashoda aims to create a supportive ecosystem where families can fulfill their professional obligations without sacrificing the quality of care provided to their loved ones,” the hospital said in a statement.