Land acquired, blueprint for two years ready
The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology here has drawn up a blueprint for its expansion programme in certain key sub-specialties in cardiology and neurology to be taken up in the next two years.
The institute has acquired 83 cents (0.33 hectare) of land on the Government Medical College campus, allowing the expansion. An acute space crunch had been hampering its new initiatives in the past few years, leading to a huge waiting list of patients awaiting cardiac and neurology surgeries.
“In the past 15 years, the institute has done nearly 1,220 epilepsy surgeries — the highest number by any hospital in Asia — but the waiting list of patients from across the country for this surgery now runs into the thousands. Unless we go in for physical expansion, we will not be able to manage these huge numbers,” K. Radhakrishnan, Director of the institute, said.
The latest land acquisition — adjacent to the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, where the old medical college hostels are located — allows construction of two multi-storey buildings. The institute has obtained the title deed for the land.
“We will focus on more research and patient care in the areas of movement disorders, strokes, cognitive neuro-disorders, behavioural neurosciences, neuro-muscular disorders, and sleep disorders, each of which will be developed into comprehensive care programmes. A lot of new investigative techniques and treatment modalities have been developed in all these areas, which we intend to explore,” Dr. Radhakrishnan said.
Cardiac electrophysiology is coming up in a big way globally, with much attention being paid to the treatment of arrhythmia and heart failure. Apart from advances in treatment, implantable pump devices and heart transplants are gaining importance, he said.
In neurology, each current sub-specialty will be expanded. The most prominent areas to see large-scale expansion in research and patient care will be comprehensive epilepsy care, hyper acute stroke management, and rehabilitation and sleep disorder management. In these areas, the institute's programmes have been hailed as the best in the country. sThe institute has expertise in interventional neuro-radiology and paediatric cardiac surgery too. The volume of complex congenital cardiac disorders it handles has been going up in recent times, and the hospital needs to expand its expertise and infrastructure to cater to this growing need.