KB Bhabha Hospital in Bandra West, which treats nearly five lakh patients in its OPD and admits around 40,000 every year, is set to get bigger and better. The civic-run healthcare facility — it was the first hospital in Bandra to start a labour ward and post-natal care unit in 1957 — has charted a mega expansion plan to introduce super-speciality departments like nephrology and cardiac thoracic surgery (CVTS), add another 200 beds, trauma ICU and improve existing medical services. The proposed 11-storey building will be constructed in the available space on the hospital premises and will be connected to the existing 10-storey building via a bridge. At present, the hospital has 436 beds. Elaborating on the expansion plans, Dr Pradeep Jadhav, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that the management received the civic authority’s nod only recently.
“We want to streamline our current internal operations, and the expansion is a step towards that goal. We want to set up our first dialysis unit with 20 beds, dedicated trauma care center with 20 beds, a new MRI center, cath lab to perform cardiac procedures and a 24-hour dedicated pathology and microbiology department. We also want to increase around 10 beds in each unit — orthopaedic surgery, medicine and gynaecology. Thirty beds will go to the neonatal care unit,” he added. As for equipment, the number of X-ray machines will be increased from two to four, sonography machines from one to three, while the operation theatre, which currently has two tables, will get three more. Expansion of the residential quarters for RMOs also figure in the plans. “We want to increase the count of RMO quarters from 37 to 200,” Dr Jadhav said. Local BJP MLA Ashish Shelar, who had doggedly followed up with the civic body about the hospital’s expansion, said that the facility needs more beds to keep pace with the surge in number of patients.
“The number of patients visiting the OPD or getting admitted has drastically increased in the last 5 years. The hospital gets at least 4 to 5 accident cases in a week. In the absence of super-speciality care, the doctors stabilize the patients and refer them to KEM hospital, which is already fully occupied,” Shelar explained. Dr Jadhav said that they are yet to process the tender but have already identified the space where construction is likely to start this year itself. “Before that, we have to get a bunch of approvals from the civic administration,” he added. One of the city’s oldest medical institutions, Bhabha Hospital reports full occupancy almost round the year. It was started in 1914 as a 20-bed healthcare address with contributions from Bhabha and other Parsi families. The hospital was developed by the municipal corporation in 1950. In 1957, it became the first hospital in Bandra to start post-natal care unit ward. In 1967, a new floor was constructed to make space for more beds. The new 10-storey building was constructed in 1987. – Mumbai Mirror