Courtesy by: expresshealthcaremgmt.com
Ahmedabad-based super-specialty Apollo Hospitals, which has 400-bed capacity but has 180 functional beds, is all geared up and embarking upon expansion plans to improve the delivery of patient care. A major initiative with futuristic requirement is the new Stemcyte and Cord blood Collection Centre, which is a joint collaboration between Apollo Hospitals, local pharma giant Cadilla Pharmaceutical and StemCyte India Therapeutics Ltd with Stem Cyte USA. The centre is due to open in the first quarter of 2010. The hospital has also started a new 13-bed Haemato-Oncology Centre and two-bed stem cell ICU and is currently dealing with haemato-oncology patients requiring stem cell and bone marrow transplants. “The plan is to start a paediatric stem cell transplant for conditions like thalassemia major and congenital immunodeficiency disorders. The other facilities that has been already completed includes a new endoscopy unit, a six-bed day care centre and six bed high dependency unit,” shares Dr Praful Pawar, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad.
The hospital will be expanding its Platinum International Wing bed capacity of 10 beds by another 16 beds in next three to six months. Critical Care Units (ICUs) at the hospital is set for expansion of its current capacity of 70 beds to 100 beds in next six months.
The hospital has also started new initiatives such as knee clinic, smoking cessation clinic, no touch thermal breast scan, sugar clinic, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, pain management clinic, and sunset clinic to continuously improve the patient care.
“On October 2, we achieved another milestone by becoming the first Indian corporate hospital to provide telemedicine consultations to inmates of Ahmedabads’s Sabarmati Jail. This Sabarmati Jail- Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad telemedicine tie up through ISRO to treat prisoners, is first-of-its-kind in India,” shares Dr Pawar. The hospital is also planning to start a cadaveric liver transplant programme in the near future