Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, also abbreviated SKIMS, is the largest medical Institute under State Legislature Act in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. SKIMS is the lone medical university of J&K state which is headed by a Director who is also the Ex-officio Secretary to the Government.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences was conceived with the following objectives:
To provide facilities of specialized medical care and particularly develop super specialties that would provide tertiary health-care. To provide need oriented education in medical sciences and clinical research. To develop a referral linkage between the primary, secondary and tertiary health-care Institutions of the State to achieve an optimum health delivery system.
The State Government under the 5th and 6th plan grants earmarked for the Institute, as the Planning Commission approved of it as a plan project, provided the funds for construction and equipping the Institute. The construction commenced in the year 1976. The Institute was partially commissioned on 5th December 1982.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences is a Post Graduate Institute for training, research and patient care. With this objective, various committees appointed by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir identified the specialties in which postgraduate and post doctoral courses would be undertaken. By an Act of Legislature on 19th August 1983, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences was granted a Deemed University status.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar has completing its 32 years in full bloom. SKIMS being a Deemed University and premier medical center of India is engaged in providing high quality patient care, academic courses to produce trained and skilled manpower for the whole state, and need-based biomedical research to provide better patient care with modern and sophisticated equipments and to address the diseases peculiar to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. SKIMS is engaged in providing quality patient care and there has been progressive and remarkable increase in number of OPD attendance. Similarly, other vital hospital statistics show noteworthy increase. The other vital hospital statistics are also comparable to National Institutes of repute.
SKIMS has been serving as an industry for production of highly qualified doctors, nurses and paramedical personnel’s. It awards a variety of medical courses such as Post-doctoral (D.M./M.Ch. Program), Doctoral (Ph.D. Program), Postgraduate (MD/MS Program), Undergraduate (MBBS), B.Sc. and M.Sc.
Medical/Laboratory/Operation Theater/Radiation Oncology/ Radio-diagnosis and Imaging/Nuclear Medicine/ Neonatal Technology programs), M.Sc. / B.Sc. in Nursing Education and need based biomedical research.
The Inpatient services at the Institute comprises of general admitting Wards for the Clinical Department, Intensive Care Units and other Intermediate care areas. There are Seven Floors each comprising of two independent wards and two floors for Paying Wards. In addition there are areas for Post Transplant, Hematology-Oncology and Burns patients.
The Outpatient facility comprises of a poly clinic were in patients are screened and filtered for further assesment in the Referral Clinic. The Referral Clinic is run by various Super-specialty departments. The Refferal Clinic also has an independent area for Sample Collection, Basic Investigative Setup and Dietary & Psycho-social counselling.
Emergency service at SKIMS has a three-tier system: Filter Clinic, Emergency Reception and Emergency Recovery. This 24 hour Service caters to all patients who are either victims of road accidents, violence, medical emergencies as well as critically sick patients refereed from other sister institutions