To cater to the trauma care needs of patients from the northern parts of the city, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) is coming up with its north campus in Kyalasanahalli near K.R. Puram. The foundation stone for the campus was laid on Friday and work on the first phase is likely to be completed within two years.

NIMHANS director P. Satish Chandra said the north campus would help patients from that part of the city to reach the hospital within the golden hour. “We get nearly 130 trauma cases a day at our main campus. Most lives are lost because patients are unable to reach the hospital within the golden hour. The new campus will also bring down the patient load on the main campus.”

Spread over 39.38 acres, the new campus will have an advanced trauma care centre, community mental health centre, a centre for well-being and a neuro rehabilitation centre. The advanced trauma care centre will be taken up in the first phase at a cost of Rs. 100 crore.

Mentioning that the new campus will be better planned, Dr. Chandra said: “The various departments in the main campus are scattered, forcing patients to cover quite a distance to go from one department to another. This is because new facilities were added to the existing ones in a phased manner. We plan to have all departments under one roof in the north campus.”

Work on the new hospital will start as soon as the clearances from the officials are received. “The State government has allotted the land to us free of cost and we have now written to the Centre to sanction the required funds for the building.”

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