The health authorities were keen on upgrading the hospital, which was under immense pressure due to heavy patient inflow from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In a much-needed relief to cancer patients in the state, MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Centre, Red Hills, has been upgraded to 450 beds from the existing 250. It also received the status of State Cancer Institute (SCI), paving the way for steady funding, improved infrastructure, and an opportunity to take up cancer research. With additional beds, the authorities can now accommodate more patients from Telangana.
The first three floors of the new building, coming up within the campus of MNJ hospital, are ready and operational. The fourth and fifth floors have eight state-of-the-art modular operation theaters, which are coming up at a cost of nearly Rs 40 crore. The modular OT project would be on a turnkey basis for providing optimum and better services for patients at the earliest. The theaters were planned according to the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) and ISO 14644 standards. The new building also comprises intensive care units (ICU), recovery wards, and diagnostic facilities. Nearly Rs 80 crore was invested to procure a PET CT scan and cyberknife cancer treatment system to improve drug delivery during radiotherapy for cancer patients. The infrastructure development at the hospital, including the construction of the modular theaters, is a part of the Rs 120 crore funded by National Cancer Control Program (NCCP) of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.