OPD Full Form

What is the Full Form of OPD ?

The Full Form of OPD is the Out Patient Department. OPD is the first intermediary between a patient and the hospital staff. A patient if first taken to the OPD for inspection, then the doctors from the OPD refers them to the respective departments of treatment the patient needs. It is the first contact point for the patients. 

Going Deeper into the Concept of OPD:

The OPD is designed for diagnosis, Diagnostic tests, and minor surgical services for patients that do not have to be admitted to the hospital. Doctors from different departments like that of gynecology, Orthopaedics, general medicine, among others, are available in the OPD.  

Though the OPD is distinct from the internal departments of the medical facility, the doctors from the OPD are the ones who serve the internal departments as well. Patients who have been admitted to the hospital, after discharge, can visit the OPD for follow-ups with their doctor.

An Affair of Fees:

Different hospitals levy different amounts of fees for the patients attending the OPD. For government Hospitals, the fees are kept at a minimum, while the OPDs or private hospitals can vary and are set by the hospital authorities.

Who is an Outpatient?

A patient who comes for a diagnosis in the OPD is called an Outpatient. The patient is not hospitalized until then. He or she may later be referred for admission after being diagnosed by the OPD.

Some Other Acronyms For You to Now:

After getting first-hand knowledge of what OPD stands for, you must now know what different meanings does the acronym OPD portrays. Let us list them below:

  • Once Per Day

  • Office of Public Defence

  • Optical Path Difference

  • Original Pack dispensing

  • Overfill Protection Device

  • Ocean Physics Department

  • Over Pressure Device

What do the Other OPDs Mean?

Let us now explain what the other acronyms mean in brief:

  • Once Per Day: It refers to an action that is done only once a day. For example, it can be used while prescribing medication.  

  • Office of Public Defence: The office of public defender if known as OPD in short. The OPD is run and maintained by the Government

  • Optical Path Difference: It is the product of the length travelled by the light via a medium and the index of refraction of the travelling medium.

  • Original Pack dispensing: The process of dispensing some medications, ointments, and liquids is known as OPD 

  • Overfill Protection Device: It is used to control and prevent the overfilling of a device. It is mainly used in underground tanks

  • Ocean Physics Department: It is a department of science that uses physics to understand the nature and environment of the marine world.

  • Over Pressure Device: It is a device that is used to prevent the build-up of pressure in downstream piping.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What is an OPD?

Ans: The full form of OPD means Out Patient Department. It is a department of the medical facilities where patients visit for diagnosis and tests without being admitted to the hospital.  

Q: What Treatment will the OPD Give?

Ans: IN an OPD, you will find doctors of all the departments of the hospital. The doctors here will diagnose you and refer to respective departments if needed. They might also refer you for admission if needed.

Q: Which Hospitals have OPD ?

Ans: All medical facilities like hospitals and nursing homes have the facility of OPD.  Both the government and private facilities are equipped with the OPD facility.