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A Guide to the world of Hospitality and Tourism
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Apollo Hospitals Nashik: A Hi-Tech Hospital
As Nashik gets ready for the worlds largest religious gathering, Apollo Hospitals Nashik gears up to cater for both the
domestic and International tourists with some of the latest equipment’s and best doctors.
- A 26 year old person who had a hole in his heart was
informed by many cardiologists that it is incurable. Dr Sudhir
Shetkar, Consultant, Cardiology and Dr Abhay Singh Walia, Con-
sultant, Cardio thoracic vascular surgery took up the case. During
patient work up using cardiac catheterisation and 128 slice CT
angiography they found the patient had a rare congenital heart
disease - wherein oxygenated pure blood from lungs did not go to
the left side, but drained into a new chamber formed outside the
heart and mixed with impure blood from the right side of heart.
Also, there was obstruction to blood ﬂow to the lungs, due to nar-
rowing of the valve connecting heart to the lungs. Only eight
cases have been reported from world over with this abnormality.
A highly complicated surgery was undertaken which successful-
ly corrected the anomaly.
- An eight year old girl had tilting of head to one side with
facial asymmetry and severe restriction of neck movements.
Diagnosed as muscular torticollis, Dr Amit Raut, Consultant Pae-
diatric & Neonatal Surgery conducted a scarless surgery (also
called ‘Stealth surgery’) by subcutaneous endoscopy through
axilla. It had advantage of low post—operative pain, wound relat-
ed problems and early recovery. This was ﬁrst time that this kind
of scarless surgery was performed on a paediatric patient success-
fully in Nashik.
Both Doctors are at Apollo Hospitals, Nashik. “We have done
many such successful unique and difﬁcult surgeries and I am
proud of my team of doctors. All of us are driven by our mission
statement of bringing healthcare of international standards within
the reach of every individual. Infact in such a short time I can take
great pride in saying that we have made Nashik renowned for its
capabilities in taking difficult medical cases and solving them
successfully, ” said Maj Gen (Dr) Vijay Saraswat Chief Operating
Officer, Apollo Hospitals, Nashik.
It was at Express Inn that Vikas Shelar informed me that the
brand new Apollo Hospital is already creating ripples in the city.
I immediately got in touch with Dr. Mangesh Jadhav who heads
the corporate and media relations who was kind enough to invite
me on a tour of the hospital. He said that it was the ﬁrst multi-spe-
cialty hospital from the Apollo group in Maharashtra.
The hospital is quite impressive with 120 beds (and a capacity
to expand to 150 beds) excellent infrastructure with latest medical
equipments and some of the best doctors. The hospital caters to a
lot of specialized ﬁelds including Cardiology, Cardiac surgery,
Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Orthopaedics and joint replacement,
Nephrology, Urology, Paediatrics, Paediatric Surgery, Obstetrics
and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Recon-
structive surgery, Minimally invasive surgery, Emergency Medi-
cine, Critical Care and Dental surgery along with diagnostic serv-
ices (Radiology, Pathology, Physiotherapy and dietary services).
The hospital has a thirty bedded ICU and special Paediatric and
Neonatal ICU, advanced Endoscopy (Gastroduodenoscopy,
Colonoscopy , ERCP), well equipped Dialysis Unit
(HD, CRRT, SLED), a 128 Slice CT Scan(CT-Angiography, 3D
Reconstruction), 1.5 tesla MRI (MR Angiography), advanced
“We have facilities to cater most cases and patients don’t have
to go anywhere. We have consultants for all specialties. An excel-
lent laboratory providing crucial pathology and testing services to
the patients - performing over 6000 tests per month in different
sections. If we expand then we plan to add specific centres like
Oncology and organ transplant, ” said Maj Gen
(Dr) Vijay Saraswat.
Taking a tour of the hospital we found the
patient rooms quite spacious. Even the shared
rooms are airy and comfortable. Private rooms
have spacious sitting area with a cable TV and a
computerized personal nurse call system. The
suite has an additional sofa bed for attendant.
The hospitals ambulance services can be termed
as a hospital on wheels. The hospital has fully-
equipped air-conditioned, modular ambulance
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with ventilators, monitors, oxygen, deﬁbrillators, ambu-bags,
infusion pumps, syringe pumps, spine board, life-saving drugs
with doctor and trained paramedics. The guest cafeteria located
on the 2nd ﬂoor serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
“We are well prepared to receive International patients during
Kumbh Mela. We already have a set process for International
patients at all our Apollo hospitals. Our rooms have inbuilt facil-
ities for patients. Our F&B department is capable of catering to
various nationalities food habits. We plan to keep a special wing
for them, ” said Maj Gen (Dr) Vijay Saraswat.
Talking on the role that the hospital plays in bringing aware-
ness to Nashikites Maj Gen (Dr) Vijay Saraswat said, “We invest
a lot in general awareness by providing useful lectures on certain
topics. We conduct free camps in co—ordination with clubs like
Rotary in rural areas. Our team of doctors and professionals visit
housing societies, clubs, and associations to provide up-to-date
information. We also have started ‘My Apollo Card’ which pro-
vides special discount to patients.
For those with insurance the hospital provides cashless hospi-
talization. For cashless treatment it is mandatory for the hospital
to have an approval from your TPA. Apollo Hospitals Nashik has
a tie-up with several TPA‘s. “Apart from this for corporates, not
covered by insurance, in Nashik we have worked out special
offers and discounts so that their employees can take beneﬁt.
Some of the corporate also come out with their own speciﬁc
packages. We also have our well renowned preventive health
packages which have been a great success in Nashik. Infact we
have been a pioneer in the area of preventive healthcare through
our Apollo Preventive Health Check programmes. We will also
be implementing Apollo Personalised Health Check’ soon. As I
am sure many are now aware that it is more economical to invest
in preventive healthcare rather than to think of a hospital only in
times of distress, ” said Maj Gen (Dr) Vijay Saraswat.
Some of the important departments
One of the major successes for the hospital has been the way it
has handled multiple medical emergency cases. They have creat-
ed a separate entrance for such patients so time is not lost. In any
medical crisis, the quality of care provided in the ﬁrst few hours
is instrumental in saving lives and determining the prognosis of
the victim. The Nashik Apollo Hospitals emergency room has the
reputation for immediate response, trauma patients being of the
highest priority. All laboratory and imaging test results are avail-
able without delay leading to quick diagnosis and rapid treatment.
The scope of services includes everything from critical care trans-
port and deﬁnitive surgical care for trauma victims to comprehen-
sive rehabilitation services. Due to the unplanned nature of
patient attendance, the department provides initial treatment for a
broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, some of which may be
life-threatening and require immediate attention.
Cardiac sciences form the backbone of any healthcare delivery
system, and the Cardiology department at Apollo Hospitals
Nashik is fully devoted for that respect. The department compris-
es Advanced Digital Flat Panel Cathlab, High end echocardiogra-
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phy machine for adult/ pediatric as well as trans—esophageal
echocardiography, holter recorders, TMT machine and backed up
by 128 slice CT scanner / MRI machine for Cardiac evaluation
such as CT-coronary angio and Cardiac MRI.
A good lab makes a big difference in the success rate of the
hospital. The laboratory at Apollo Hospitals Nashik is equipped
with state of art equipments comparable to the intemational stan-
dards. The laboratory services caters to different sections viz.
Biochemistry, Immuno—assay, Hematology, Clinical Pathology,
Microbiology, Histopathology and Cytology . All these disci-
plines provide accurate and precise results by both automated and
manual methods with reference to strict quality assurance system
in place, boasting six sigma accuracy.
“Our services are so much appreciated that many hospitals use
our lab facilities for their patients. Investing in advanced and hi-
tech equipments has helped the hospital go a long way. To cater
to this need of both in patients and out patients our laboratory
runs 24 x 7,” said Maj Gen (Dr) Vijay Saraswat.
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