The Department of Pulmonology is the oldest functioning department of Fauji Foundation Hospital. In fact, the hospital itself was built on a hillock outside Rawalpindi as TB hospital six decades ago in 1964. The Hospital was meant for management of patients with tuberculosis of x-servicemen. Later on when pensioners were shifted to the Military Hospitals of the country, families of x-servicemen were registered here. For decades the female chest ward was comprised on 12 beds. When Department was shifted to its present position in Block D in 2010, ward was upgraded as 24 bedded female ward. Due to increase of a lot of referrals and high turnover of patients, now beds are increased to 36 female and 10 male beds.
The Department of Pulmonology offers respiratory care for patients attending Fauji Foundation Hospital in the form of both in-patient and outpatient care. It offers tertiary pulmonary care for a large catchment area that includes most parts of Punjab, Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas. The Department manages daily general outpatient clinics as well as twice weekly specialist clinics on Monday & Thursday; focused on management of chronic lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, interstitial lung diseases in addition to sleep medicine, pulmonary tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis. The department has liaison with the Thoracic Surgery department of the Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi for surgical management of lung diseases. The weekly OPD turnover is around 600 patients with an average bed occupancy of 88% and more than 120% in winter season.
The Department provides round the clock services to patients being referred from other referral centers. The procedures routinely performed in this Department include spirometries, percutaneous biopsies, pleural aspirations, pleural biopsies, tube thoracotomies’, pleurodesis, bronchoscopies, medical thoracoscopies and Non-invasive ventilation. Level 3 sleep lab and Ultrasound chest are in the pipeline.
The Department is headed by Dr. Kanwal Fatima Khalil who is a member of Royal College of Physicians (UK ) and a Fellow of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, Karachi (CPSP) in Pulmonology and has degree of Masters in Medical Education(MHPE). She is also an Examiner of Pulmonology at the CPSP. Dr Kanwal has prominent leadership role locally as well as nationally. Dr Munir Ahmed FCPS(Pulmonology)MPH, is working as a Junior Specialist in the Department. Dr Asma Ambreen MCPS,FCPS(Med) is Assistant Professor at FUMC and working as a Registrar Pulmonology.
The Department is recognized as one of the three leading centers in the twin cities that is recognized for post graduate training in Pulmonology. It is also providing undergraduate teaching to students of Foundation University Medical College (FUMC). With a strong background in research, the Department is currently involved in a number of research projects from basic science to outcomes research and drug evaluation studies. A number of academic activities, symposia and workshops are routinely organized at the Department. The Department of Pulmonology at Fauji Foundation Hospital, Rawalpindi is dedicated to provide clinical care in respiratory diseases, undergraduate and post graduate education and research.