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Free & fast rescue wheels

Calcutta-based Medica Superspecialty Hospital will start a much-needed life-saver in accident-prone Jamshedpur — a dedicated ambulance service to bring mishap victims from road to the nearest hospital free of cost.

Medica Superspeciality, which has taken over maintenance and operations of Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bistupur, will re-launch it on February 14.

The USP of the hospital will be its 24/7 ambulance services for road accidents.

Christened “sahayata ambulance service”, the vehicle will pick up the victim and transfer him or her to the nearest hospital free of charge. The commute and first-basic inside the ambulance will be free of cost.

If someone chances upon a road accident victim, he or she can dial the hospital’s landline number 0657-2317293 or the toll-free one, to be announced later, for an ambulance.

So far, one vehicle has arrived from Calcutta and another is expected soon. The two ambulances will have trained medical technicians on board.

“These ambulances will be exclusively for road accident victims in the city and nearby areas like Adityapur. We will ferry the injured person to the nearest hospital from the site of mishap. Qualified medical attendants on board will provide basic first-aid,” said medical director N.K Das.

This apart, if needed, ambulances will also take patients back home.

Tata Steel will also launch a similar 24/7 road traffic accident (RTA) rescue ambulance service from April 2014.

From 2008-12, 789 people had died in road mishaps in Jamshedpur. In 2013 alone, 140 persons lost their lives in accidents. Medica Group chairman Alok Roy, in the city to supervise the renovation, said they hoped the service would save many lives.

The renovated 150-bed Bistupur hospital has an intensive care unit and six operating theatres. It also has general medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, ENT, ophthalmology, urology, trauma care, gastroenterology and GI (gastro-intestinal) surgery facilities.

“We will start neurosurgery within a fortnight of the launch and come up with a cath lab for interventional cardiac treatment within six months. We will also start kidney transplants and high-end orthopaedic, phacoemulsification and GI surgeries in March this year,” N.K Das, senior cardiologist, said.

The OPD services of the hospital will function between 8am and 8 pm. Online consultations with specialists at the Calcutta centres of Medica will also be available via videoconferencing.

“We will start another unit in association with Jain Hospital at Ranchi in April,” Roy said.

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