In all probabilities, new hospital complex at Thanjavur Medical College campus may start functioning from first week of June. Constructed at a cost of Rs. 38 crore, the buildings include a 300-bed hospital, provisions for the functioning of all speciality departments, out-patient ward, laboratory buildings etc.
Hospital sources said that super speciality departments to be shifted to the new buildings are neuro surgery, neurology, urology, nephrology, medical gastroenterology, surgical gastroenterology, thoracic medicine, ear nose and throat (ENT), cardiology, cardio thoracic medicine, casualty block, laboratories and all outpatient wards.
Rajah Mirasudhar Government Hospital in town where ENT, gynaecology and paediatrics departments are functioning will be left only with gynaecology and paediatrics.
Already, an examination hall, a library and hostels for post graduate men and women constructed along with the project have started functioning. Thanjavur Medical College started in 1962 has been using the old hospital building which can cater to nearly 600 patients only.
But there are nearly 800 to 900 patients at any given point of time in the hospital thus making it over crowded congested. The new complex will ease out the congestion. Besides in-patients, Thanjavaur Medical college hospital is handling nearly 4000 out patients every day.
Out patient services are provided at Rajah Mirasudhar Government Hospital in the town for some specialities. That will be shifted to the new hospital complex in June, the sources said. Thanjavaur Medical College hospital has been catering to the needs of patients from nearly eight districts around Thanjavur.
A connecting corridor is to be built between the new hospital complex and old hospital complex. People are awaiting the functioning of the new complex as they have been completed long time back.