Kolkata Police Hospital, which is a Grade-I heritage structure, will be inaugurated on Monday as a 300-bed modern Covid hospital. For the last few months, Kolkata Police authority carried out restoration work of this grand red-brick building at the heart of Bhowanipore.
More than a century-old hospital has been catering multi-specialty health services to Kolkata Police, West Bengal Police and other allied forces such as CRPF, EFR and Fire Service Department since 1905.
The Kolkata Police has decided to earmark 110 beds for the general public. Of the rest, 150 general beds will now be reserved for policemen and 40 HDU beds will be used for all critical patients admitted. An oxygen plant is being set up to meet the needs of the HDU. All beds will also come attached with B-type oxygen. In addition, the 50-bed safe home set up for cops at the facility will continue to function.
Patients are set to be admitted from this week itself, according to an officer.
The hospital exemplifies the perfect unison of public and private partnership. The city-based Bandhan Konnagar, part of Bandhan Group that established the first private sector bank in Kolkata in 50 years, has joined hands with Kolkata Police to convert the police hospital into a Covid hospital. It will be managed by Medica Group.
The Police hospital was acting as a satellite unit of SSKM Hospital. After being an independent hospital, there will be better utilization of its doctors and nurses. Kolkata Police, because of the high exposure to mass contact, has a large number of Covid infected personnel.
The ball started rolling for its conversion into a Covid facility after chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited the hospital on Wednesday. “We have shifted all patients to other hospitals. Since we work as a satellite unit of SSKM Hospital, we have the necessary doctors and nurses at our disposal. We plan to admit cops and general patients as early as next week,” an officer from the welfare cell that is in charge of executing the project, said on Sunday.
Source: Times of India