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Tata Cancer Hospital : First phase to open by month end

The first phase of Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, which is coming at Medicity in Mohali’s New Chandigarh (Mullanpur), will become operational by the end of this month

It was back on December 30, 2013, when then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone of this 300-bed state-of-the-art cancer institute. A Government of India initiative, it will be a tertiary care centre for cancer, promoting prevention, cure, rehabilitation and palliation for the region’s population.

Tejveer Singh, principal secretary, investment promotion, Punjab, who visited the site on Tuesday, said: “The work is going on at full pace, and we are hopeful of making the first phase operational by the end of this month.” The second phase will become operational by April next year, he said.

In the first phase, the hospital will start radiotherapy, radiology, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray, mammography, medical oncology, chemotherapy, day-care ward, pathology and lab facilities and minor operation theatre, besides initiating OPD services such as surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, palliative care and preventive oncology.

Dr Rakesh Kapoor, director, Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, said: “We are giving final touches and are hopeful of starting the facility by the end of this month. It is an ambitious project of the Government of India. The 300-bed state-of-the-art hospital will act as a tertiary care centre for the entire northern region, comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.”

₹684-crore facility spread over 50 acres

The Union department of atomic energy has spent ₹684 crore on setting up the hospital, on the lines of the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. Its built-up area is 40,545 square metres, for which 50 acres of land was provided for free by the Punjab Government.

Tata Memorial Centre has been undertaking cancer management in Punjab and has already set up Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Sangrur.

The hospital will be fully IT-based with electronic medical records facility. It will also be interlinked with all the Tata Memorial Centres located across the country. This will help patients of this region get online super-speciality consultation for managing various types of cancer ailments under the disease management groups.

Besides residential hostels for doctors and nurses and residential accommodation for faculty, the hospital also offers stay facilities for cancer patients in a specially-built dharamshala.

Medicity, which comprises sites for multi-speciality and super-speciality hospitals, medical research institutes and housing facilities for doctors and other staff, in New Chandigarh, is spread over 250 acres in the immediate vicinity of PGIMER, Chandigarh.

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