The long-pending Rs 200-crore project to modernise the largest hospital operated by the armed forces is ready to take off. The project to build a six-storey building and relocate the Command Hospital to Kondhwa will get under way in October this year,said Lt Gen D P Vats,Commandant of Armed Forces Medical College. It is to be completed in five years.
The Command Hospital,with 1047 beds,is spread over 104 acres. Patients have to traverse long distances to move from one department to another.
The consultancy tender for the project has already been approved. The authorities have decided not to demolish all the existing buildings. No trees would be cut,said Lt Gen Vats.
Medical facilities will be provided at the old location for ex-servicemen. Wards will be reserved for chronically ill patients. The existing hospital will also be used for expansion of teaching facilities.
According to Lt Gen Vats an entire building will be devoted to civil OPD as part of the hospital construction project. Half the 2,000-odd patients at the Out Patient Department (OPD) every day are civilians.
The Malignant Diseases Treatment Centre and other super specialities would eventually be housed under one roof at the new building which will be located opposite the Military Hospital-Cardio Thoracic Centre (MH-CTC).
Command Hospital was earlier known as Military Hospital (Poona) and came into being on December 1,1947. It was renamed Command Hospital (Southern Command) on April 8,1967.