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Air-lift hope for patients in NE
Published on 29 Aug. 2010 11:12 PM IST
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Medica Superspeciality Hospital of Calcutta is offering air evacuation services to patients from the Northeast.
“Patients from this region are often unable to avail well-equipped services in times of emergency and hence there is a need for air evacuation services in this region,” the director of Medica Institute of Neurological Diseases, L.N. Tripathy, told.
The air evacuation services through Cessna SkyHawk (a four-seater) will be available to patients from the region at Rs 10,000 per hour. The aircraft has been taken on lease and can be deployed with prior intimation to pick up the patient and one relative.
“A doctor may be flown in to accompany the patient,” Tripathy said. Once they reach the Calcutta airport, there will be an ambulance to take them to the hospital. However, the hospital will not accept patients on the ventilator, he added. The hospital had launched its services in the eastern region on August 8 and seven patients have availed the facility so far.
In the Northeast, the hospital will make its air evacuation service available in Agartala, Tezpur, Jorhat and Silchar and extend it later on. It has an information centre here to provide information about the services being offered.
Tripathy claimed that this is the first time that such a service is being made available in the Northeast.
The 500-bed hospital, one of the largest in eastern India, is a unit of Medica Synergie Pvt Ltd. It runs institutes on neurology, cardiology, orthopaedics, gastroenterology and kidney diseases.

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