Staff Reporter

120-bed department has been set up at a cost of Rs. 7 crore

  • 150 to 200 patients with liver ailments estimated to report at Stanley every day
  • The new complex is expected to shorten the waitlist for surgeries

    CHENNAI: A state-of-the-art medical and surgical gastroenterology complex, which will bring down the waiting list for various surgeries and take up liver transplants in the future, is being commissioned at Stanley Medical College on Sunday.

    The Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, will formally inaugurate the new facility.

    Health Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran told presspersons on Wednesday that the new complex would house sophisticated facilities such as cathlab, operation theatre, post-operative ward and clinical laboratory under one roof. The unit will also have high-end equipment such as the advanced Digital Subtraction Angiography machine for clearer and high-precision imaging of gastrointestinal bleed, liver haemorrhages or malignancies and the capsule endoscopy, where a capsule-like device that is swallowed by the patient captures images on a computer.

    The department seeks to builds its expertise in surgeries of the liver, pancreas and the foodpipe, said R. Surendran, Head of Department. The level of specialisation available for these sites is relatively less, he said.

    The 120-bed department has been set up at a cost of Rs. 7 crore; the equipment alone cost around Rs. 7.50 crore.

    The bed strength is almost double that of the existing gastroenterology block.

    It is estimated that between 150 to 200 patients with liver ailments report at Stanley every day in addition to around 150 patients with other gastrointestinal problems.

    Four surgeries a day

    With the existing facilities, the unit could only manage around four surgeries a day, and that too on the three days of a week that it was provided operation theatres.

    Due to constraints, around 40 patients had to be waitlisted for surgery at any given time. The new complex, which has a dedicated operation theatre, is expected to shorten the waitlist for surgeries.