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After Life Services CMC's mission constitutes patient care, education and research. We aim at compassionate care right from the time a patient arrives at the doorstep of our hospital till the patient and the family leave us. On an average 6 patients die each day. It is our responsibility to reach out to the bereaved family and help them. The staff of the Public Relations Department will help the bereaved families in all possible ways to cope with their loss and co-ordinate the after life services. They will assist in obtaining all required documents, in cremation, arranging for burial if needed or make arrangements for trans- porting the body home. This service will be made available round the clock and we request the wards to inform PRO or the main reception in the event of death.

BURIAL AND CREMATION

CHRISTIAN BURIAL

The deceased family who wishes to have the burial of their loved ones, at the government cemetry may contact the Chaplaincy Department for necessary arrangements. Poor christian patients who are unable to pay for the burial can be buried at the “free” burial ground meant for Christians.

FOR HINDU CREMATION

FOR MUSLIM BURIAL

Care Taker Cremation Ground (Near old Palar Bridge) Vellore

The Priest Mosque, Gandhi Road Vellore 632 004.

PROCEDURE FOR TAKING THE BODY BY ROAD All bills for hospitalisation should be settled.

Obtain Death Certificate from the Medical Superintendent’s Office. If it is required after office hours, doctor or ward sister will contact the Deputy Medical Superintendent.

Get Police Clearance certufucate from the North Police Station near the bus stand, next to Red Cross building.

If transport is required from CMC, contact the Transport Department or Main Reception.

If the body is to be transported by rail it has to be embalmed and an embalming certificate should be obtained from the

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post mortem room, in addition to the death certificate and police clearance. Body should be enclosed in a sealed coffin, which can be made in Vellore on contacting For assistance contact station superintendent, Katpadi as phone 0416 2242628 or 2242611. If the body is to be taken by plane an additional undertaker's sealing certificate also is to be obrained.

DONATIONS

Many patients who want to express gratitude for help received at CMC make donations to support the activities of the hospital and college. We welcome these and are thankful for such contributions. All CASH donations are tax exempted under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act. Some of the needy areas are:

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Christmas Cheer Fund for gifts to children in th eward, orphans, destitutes, poor and marginalised of Vellore to be given at Christmas time.

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Nursing Service Special Fund used for amenities for nurses, in service training and conferences, books, etc.

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Scholarships for students in CMC's allied health, nursing and medical training programmes.

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A fund that is administered by the Child Health Department for poor patients.

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A special fund for the support of the Low Cost Effective Care unit which provides free medical treatment to the local poor, including outpatient and inpatient care.

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poor to pay for their hospitalization.

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7. A general fund for poor patients who are not able to

be helped by any of these other funds. For details of these and other opportunities for giving to CMC please contact the Public Relations Office, the Medical Superintendent's Office, the ward or departmental

sister or your doctor.

Please give the donation either to the

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