Centenary Hospital to be fully functional from Jan 15

Four years after it was first "dedicated to people", the Centenary Hospital of King George Medical University (KGMU) is set to be fully functional from January 15. The hospital will start admitting patients from January 6.

Last month, the state government had granted the long-awaited permission to run the hospital built to commemorate 100th year of the KGMU as part of the university rather than a stand alone facility.

As per Dr S N Sankhwar, Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) of the KGMU and affiliated hospitals, four surgical departments including gastrosurgery, oncosurgery, neurosurgery and transplant surgery and day care facilities of urology have been shifted to the Centenary Hospital.

"The shifting process is almost complete. We will start admitting patients from Monday itself and the operation theatres are expected to be operational by January 15," said Dr Sankhwar.

The state-of-the-art facility includes 12 modular operation theatres and a total of 204 beds, including high dependability post-op beds in the intensive care units.

Of the total 30 beds in the ICU, 20 have ventilator facility while another 10 are step down beds for recuperating patients, said Shankhwar.

With the four surgical departments shifting to the new facility where even the general ward patients will have the benefit of central air conditioning the other hospitals in the university will be de-congested, he added.

The foundation stone of the Centenary Hospital, which came up at a cost of Rs 80 crore, was laid by the then chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2005.

After much delay, the hospital was finally "dedicated to the people" on January 15, 2010, on former chief minister Mayawati's 54th birthday.

Initially, the idea was to run it as a separate high-end hospital where general patients were to be charged Rs 300 for consultation and similar rates for other facilities, whereas poor and BPL patients were to be treated free of cost.

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