The Super Specialty Child Hospital and Post Graduate Institute (SSCHPGI) in Sector 30 is being upgraded with additional beds and equipment to provide super specialty treatment to children of all ages.
The facilities include addition of 25 beds in the ICU and another 70 beds in wards, endoscopy facility in the gastroenterology department, more ventilators and automatic equipment in the microbiology department. They are expected to be made operational by March-end.
The hospital, with a residential campus in Sector 30, has been built at a cost of around Rs701 crore. The estimated cost with infrastructure and equipment is pegged at Rs1,500 crore. The hospital has also started facilities for outpatient department and admission. The departments of paediatric surgery, medicine, neurology, neonatology, gastroenterology, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, pathology, microbiology, biochemistry, radiology, psychology, dental surgery and physiotherapy have already been made functional.
SSCHPGI director Dr AK Bhatt said the facilities are going to be provided by March end.
“Equipment for performing endoscopy, proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy has been purchased and we will start using it in our paediatric gastroenterology department in a week,” he said.
The bed capacity in the ICU is also going to be increased from 40 to 65 and the bed strength in wards is to be increased from the existing 90 to 160 by March-end.
“The 300-bed hospital will provide comprehensive medical care for all paediatrics-related medical and surgical illnesses under one roof. We are increasing the number of beds with the provision of more facilities,” said Dr Shekhar Yadav, medical superintendent, SSCHPGI.
“The district hospital is running in the neighbouring building complex that is part of the child hospital. They have to shift to their new facility that is under construction in Sector 39. Once we take over the neighbouring building complex, we will run the hospital at its full capacity,” he added.
Dr Bhatt said a urodynamic study system for investigation in urethra in the paediatric surgery department, automatic equipment for blood culture, microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility will also be in place before the month-end.
He said the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with six beds was started last week and will be upgraded to 21 beds soon. As of now, there are six phototherapy units and six warmers in the NICU.
“Three neonatal cases were discharged from NICU in the last one week. Four newborns are admitted in NICU. We will have more facilities, including ventilators, for the ICU soon. The charges here are very nominal and are affordable for the underprivileged,” said Dr Ruchi Rai, head, neonatology department.