Central Delhi residents have a reason to cheer with a new multi-specialty hospital in neighbourhood.
The competition heats up with the new BLK Memorial Hospital — offering services at 20 per cent less than neighbouring hospitals — Gangaram and Fortis (Jessa Ram).
The newly revamped Delhi Maternity Hospital, set up in 1959 on Pusa Road, about 10 minutes off Connaught Place, is viewed as competition for neighbouring hospitals.
“If you looked at our treatment costs, they are at least 20 per cent less than Gangaram and Fortis,” said S.S. Sodhi, the chief executive officer (CEO) at BLK.
Hospitals are already feeling the pinch, with almost 30 per cent of doctors and other staff from big private hospitals shifting to this advanced facility.
Dr S.C. Arya, head of paediatrics at BLK, was earlier with Gangaram hospital. Similarly, Dr Rajesh Pandey, chairman of the critical care department joined from Fortis and Dr V.P. Bhalla, head of gastro-intestinal surgery was previously with Max Healthcare.
Spread over five acres, the super specialty hospital has 17 modular operation theatres (OTs) and 100 critical care beds. It is expected to have about 500 beds on completion.
“The hospital has many firsts to its credit including state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure, which most Delhi hospitals do not have,” said Sodhi.
In the long list is Triology Tx Linear accelerator with cone beam CT —which helps locate unhealthy cancer tissues in the body. The level of accuracy in this equipment, says Sodhi, is significantly higher.
The 1.5 tesla volume MRI —which bring 3D images in half time is also believed to be the first of its kind in the country.The hospital also has a three-stage air filtration process for its Intensive Care Units (ICUs), which is a first for the city.
“We are the first to have automated pneumatic chute system for immediate transfer of samples, medicines and documents to any part of the hospital,” said Sodhi. “It is also hygienic and safe as there is little interaction with humans in the transfer process.”
The hospital plans to offer tertiary care facilities in neurology, nephrology, cardiology, neonatology and other branches.