The super specialty block of Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) which was inaugurated in March this year is yet to become fully operational.

Sources shared that as of now, the Out Patient wing in the first floor of the new block alone is functioning from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. whereas the rooms in the ground floor are being used by doctors to consult patients and prescribe medicines. Out of the 6 floors, the 5 floors have not become operational due to various ongoing works there.

Upon becoming totally functional, the ground floor will offer intensive care, CT scan, MRI and Mammogram tests while the 1st floor can provide services related to Gastro, Surgeries including Cardiothoracic and Spinal cord, the 4th floor can start admitting patients in wards meant for in-patients and treatment space for head injuries while the Operation Theaters and wards (that include 26 paid and 300 free beds) in the 6th floor will also start to function. Also, the major departments in the old GH block would move here.

Dr.Nirmala reportedly said that all the major departments in the old block of CMCH will be shifted to this new block very soon and all the 6 floors will start to fully function in 2-3 months. She said that few works are ongoing at the new super-specialty block; for instance, the Operation Theaters need high power connections and works related to that are going on in full swing.  

She added that the Health and Family Welfare Department has been notified of the extra manpower requirements such as additional nurses, pharmacists, sanitary workers. They will soon be appointed.

This new block of the CMCH was built with the financial support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at a cost of more than Rs.100 crore. Upon virtually inaugurating the hospital, the Chief Minister announced that storm-water drains and concrete roads will be laid at the hospital premises at a cost of Rs. 10 crore.