Five-storied building to have 158 beds, medical experts and latest machinery
After a long wait, the Pimpri- Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will finally be able to strengthen its network of medical centers and hospitals. The civic body has decided to build a 150-plus bed Talera Hospital in Chinchwad.
The decision was taken in a recent meeting and the corporation has allocated Rs 40 crore for the five-storied building. The hospital’s old building will be demolished and a new one will be constructed that will have all the facilities. The construction is said to be completed in two-and-a-halfyears. According to the officials after the hospital starts fully functioning, it will share the burden of a large number of patients visiting the PCMC-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) in Pimpri. YCMH consists of 650 beds.
Dr K Anil Roy, PCMC health chief, said, “Talera Hospital’s old building will be completely demolished by the local body and a new five-storied structure will be constructed. The hospital will have the intensive care unit (ICU) facility and it will consist of 10 beds that were not present till now. The new hospital will also have medical experts from all the medicine branches, including paediatrics, gynaecology, ophthalmologist, surgeons, ENT, medicines, radiologist, etc. Routine outpatient departments (OPD), pathological laboratory and X-ray and other investigation laboratories will also be made available.”
Talera is one of the smallest hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Patients from Chinchwad, Kalewadi, Thergaon and neighboring areas visit the hospital for treatment. At present, it lacks various facilities for visitors and staff. Drawbacks include a narrow entrance, lack of parking space and limited open space. For a year, the Talera Hospital has been shifted to a new building, which has a capacity of only 30 beds. The old building of the hospital has a capacity of 70 beds and the new one that will soon be constructed will have 158 beds. The old building of the hospital is currently lying unused.
As of now, the YCMH, the largest civic hospital, is getting overburdened as a large number of people from the township and surrounding areas go there for affordable treatment. To reduce people’s dependency on the YCMH, the civic body plans to develop its smaller hospitals, scattered across the township as specialty healthcare centers.
Roy added, “The hospital will have pneumatic tube systems (PTS) in it which will be an indispensable means of transport. The PTS will ensure that qualified personnel will not lose valuable time running errands and it provides more safety. It also saves time and is cost-effective, and helps accelerate care. The hospital will have four operating theatres and they will have latest equipment and machinery.”
Ambadas Chavan, PCMC city engineer, said, “The new hospital will have a huge parking space on the ground floor. The tenders will be floated soon and the work duration is said to be 30 months. We are going to build a dialysis, ENT, casualty and medical wards along with ICU, NICU, surgery and ortho wards. The area of the new hospital will be 6,232 sq mt.” – Pune Mirror