If all goes well, then the 150-bed trauma centre of Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) will be up and running in another six months. The structural work related to the new trauma centre, coming up in the designated site at Road No.1, Banjara Hills, is almost over and according to hospital authorities the interior work is being taken up at a fast clip.

“We are expecting to get the new centre started in another six months. In fact, the engineers told us that the trauma centre will be ready in another three to four months,” said medical superintendant, Nims, Dr. Nimma Satyanarayana.

The Nims trauma centre is a much delayed project. The foundation stone for its construction was laid by the then Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sushma Swaraj in 2004. When the project was first conceived, the total cost of the facility was close to Rs. 125 crore. However, thanks to delays, construction costs have gone up to over Rs. 170 crore.

“Infrastructure deficiencies will be a thing of the past as the trauma centre will augment our bed strength. The project has reached its final stages,” he said. The trauma centre of Nims is part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) of Government of India.

High standards

The medical superintendant maintained that despite limited infrastructure, the hospital, by and large has managed to maintain high standards. “Earlier patients used to get referred to Nims. These days, patients from districts come directly to Nims not even bothering to contact local doctor. The doctors and infrastructure at Nims is under huge pressure due to large patient turnout,” Dr. Satyanarayana said.

The casualty wing of the hospital has only 40 beds but, on a daily basis, close to 200 patients visit casualty seeking admission. “Our outpatient wards are reeling under pressure due to huge patient turnout. Hopefully the Nims expansion will help ease pressure,” he said.

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