Fighting the Pandemic
CMC Vellore’s Kannigapuram Campus Opens as a Covid-19 Health Centre.
Kannigapuram opens for CoVid patients with the COVID-19 Health Care Centre on the lower floors of the In-Patient Block of the new hospital. The dedication ceremony for this centre took place on June 17th with the collector of Ranipet as the chief guest. An earlier inauguration of the whole hospital took place on 27th May, although only a few could attend.
So far, CMC has commissioned 168 beds, in isolation wards, for COVID-19 patients. And ready to care for these patients, CMC has trained staff in COVID care and posted them to these new wards. The photograph at the top of this page was taken in May 2020.
We expect to receive the first patients on or after 18th June 2020.
Kannigapuram Phase 2 for Covid patients
To cater to the steadily rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, more beds are being prepared. So, soon there will be a further
- 168 beds for isolation and treatment on the 4th and 5th floors, and
- 62 intensive care beds
- Then some outpatient space.
CMC will commission these shortly. CMC has written some information about CoVid for everyone. What is happening about appointments, what is social distancing, how to wear a mask etc. You can read it here: CoVid Information
Kannigapuram opens for CoVid patients: Photos of the First phase.
Initially, when Kannigapuram opens for CoVid patients, it will only be for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. The Ground floor has a reception and a triage area ready for screening patients on arrival. Currently, there are 2 wings of 56 beds on the second floor. Plus another 56 beds on the third floor, totaling 168 as mentioned above. To begin with, there will be no ICU beds. Some laboratory equipment, and other diagnostic equipment, is also ready.
We still need your help to finish.
More work to do at Kannigapuram
Work is continuing on the rest of the hospital. The lockdown has caused serious delays, and we need your help more than ever to complete this huge project. The hospital will have over 1,500 beds as well as operating theatres and diagnostic facilities. The next phase is for more Covid care, as mentioned above.
Kannigapuram Hospital Services: when finished
In the longer term, the new facility will meet several huge needs. The new Trauma Centre will care for accident victims. The focus for the rest of the hospital will be on lifestyle or non-infectious diseases (like cancer and heart disease). Strangely, to start with, the hospital will only look after patients with the infectious CoVid-19 disease.
Care for Accident Victims
There will be a Trauma Care Centre that will provide state of the art facilities to save the lives of accident victims.
Victims of all kinds of accidents and mass casualties will come to the hospital. This will include traffic accidents, falls, work accidents, accidents in the home etc. CMC Vellore will look after these victims in the new trauma centre. This is the first of its kind in the State.
Care for LifeStyle Diseases and Cancer
Another key focus area is non-communicable diseases like heart disease and cancer. CMC’s highly skilled staff, together with top level diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, will ensure the very best care in a compassionate environment.
Specialist departments, like Urology and Gastroenterology, will be shifting most of their activities to the new hospital. This will give them much needed space to expand, as well as a much more pleasant and less crowded working environment. Patients will benefit from this. Whether coming for an outpatient appointment or when they need surgery or to stay in the ward.
Please give generously to help us realise this dream.
Why a new Campus?
CMC Vellore grew from a one-bedded clinic to a sprawling healthcare institution. Now CMC has six campuses spread in and around Vellore. Every time a new campus was built, the motivation was purely to cater to an unmet need.
By the first decade of the 21st century, it became clear that the main hospital campus was becoming too congested. This was affecting our ability to provide optimal support to our patients. So, the hospital made the bold decision and started to build a new campus. (Read more).
Today, we are opening beds to care for CoVid-19 patients but still need to complete the rest of the new 1500-bed campus. We need your support now more than ever.
If you give over ₹10,000/- your name will go on our Donor Wall. There are still opportunities to have your name, or your companies name, on equipment, rooms etc as well. Do contact us if you are interested at the development office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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