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OPD Full Form- Outpatient Department

Updated on 17 January, 2024

Akansha Semwal

Akansha Semwal

Sr. Content Writer & Study Abroad Expert

What is OPD? The full form of OPD is Outpatient Department. Specialists or super-specialists provide consultation to ambulatory patients in the hospital's Outpatient Department (OPD) Unit, also referred to as the Ambulatory Care Unit. OPD provides care for patients who are not required to stay overnight in the hospital. In terms of location, the OPD ought to be on the ground floor, easily accessible, and ideally have its own entrance. The number of doctors conducting the OPD, the anticipated number of patients in the OPD, the typical length of the consultation, the schedule of the OPD, and other factors all affect how many OPDs are needed. The OPD must have areas for a welcome and information desk, a waiting area or hall, sub-waiting areas, doctor's offices or consultant chambers, examination rooms, procedure/treatment rooms, support rooms for the consultants' backup and assistance, etc.

How OPD appointments are made?

An outpatient is a patient who receives therapy outside of a hospital environment when they don't need to be formally admitted to the hospital.

  • A consultation with a healthcare professional is part of an outpatient appointment. A physician, nurse, or other allied health professional could be this. 
  • Patients will meet in person during an outpatient appointment to better understand their problems. 
  • They will go over the expected course of therapy, what to expect, and how care will be provided to the patient. 
  • Generally, outpatient hospitalization is not covered by health insurance until it is specifically mentioned in the policy's terms and conditions. Patients may choose an outpatient health insurance plan if they anticipate having several doctor visits in the near future. As an add-on to the standard plan, patients can include Out-patient Department (OPD) coverage.
     

Akansha Semwal

Sr. Content Writer & Study Abroad Expert

Akansha Semwal is a content marketer at upGrad and has also worked as a social media marketer & sub-editor. Experienced in creating impressive Statement of Purpose, Essays, and LOR, she knows how to captivate the attention of Admissions Committee. Her research-driven;study-abroad articles helps aspirants to make the prudent decision. She holds a bachelor's & master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi.

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