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City hospitals plan expansion

Medica Superspecialty Hospital plans to add a 350-bed unit and a cancer treatment centre to its 400-bed facility in Calcutta.

“Two buildings will come up near the Mukundapur facility off the Bypass by 2015,” said Medica chairman Alok Roy.

The new facilities are part of Medica’s expansion plan in eastern India, which includes 12 new hospitals, several in Bengal district towns.

One of the two new buildings in Calcutta will house a speciality unit with five operating theatres and 80 intensive care beds. The other will house a 150-bed cancer treatment hub.

Other private hospitals in the city, too, are in expansion mode. “In two years the city’s private hospitals are expected to add around 1,500 beds,” said an official of the Association of Hospitals of Eastern India.

Tata Medical Center is coming up with a 250-bed second wing on a two-acre plot near its New Town facility. “Construction is likely to start in January. We are ready to invest Rs 200 crore,” said an official.

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals will have 250 superspeciality beds by the end of the current fiscal. “It’s part of the expansion of our cancer unit and the Institute of Gastro Sciences,” said Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles. The hospital also plans to set up a 300-bed facility on its campus off the Bypass in the next three years.

The CMRI, which has 450 beds, is set to add 100 more in six months. “We plan to create four more centres of excellence in gastroenterology, orthopaedics, cosmetic and related surgery, and women and child health,” said Suyash Borar, CEO, CMRI.

The expansion will cost around Rs 80 crore.

Ruby General Hospital has recently commissioned 60 beds in a two-storeyed building behind its existing building. The hospital will add another 160 beds in a G+8 structure at an investment of Rs 38 crore.

“There will be radiotherapy facilities and a linear accerlator in the new building. Most of the new beds will be dedicated to oncology because on any given day, 30 per cent of our patients are found to be suffering from cancer,” said S.B. Purkayastha of Ruby hospital.