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City's first day-care surgical centre in Kailash Colony

delhi Updated: Oct 30, 2010 00:24 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

The Capital's first day-care surgical centre will debut this Sunday at Kailash Colony followed by two others in Karol Bagh and Safdarjung Enclave by the end of this year.

GTI Group LLC, a New York based equity firm, has tied up with doctors in Delhi to set up day-care centres to address 70% surgeries that require hospital stay for less than 24 hours.

"This concept has worked extremely well in the West for over 30 years. Our first such venture in Bangalore, which we set up in May 2009, has also shown a lot of promise," said Suresh Soni, chief executive officer of Nova Medical Centre.

"These day care centres not just offer fixed packages for all surgeries but are also cost effective as there are no charges for overnight stay. This also ensures patients get systematic care without exposure to hospital infections," he said.

With 30-35 established surgeons from multiple specialties, the centre has six OPDs and five operation theatres.

"We do not hope to take in more than 20 patients for surgeries per day," said Dr Ashwani Chopra, director, Aashlok Nursing Home, and a stakeholder in Nova Medical Centre.

"These are elective surgeries, which means the surgeries are not emergency cases and have been planned in advance. The patient, who is not a high-risk case, will have undergone all required tests at the OPD, a day before, so that he can straight away undergo his surgery without delay," he said.

"The rapid turnaround time also ensures better efficiency. It is in the interest of the doctor as well as the patient," said Dr Alok Chopra, who is also a stakeholder.