The expansion that could cost Rs 250-300 crore has been finalized and includes modernization of Woodlands’ existing 200-bed unit, according to Sanjeev Goenka, chairman of RP-Sanjeev Goenka Group that owns Woodlands. “We have just received necessary clearances and this is a momentous day for us. Woodlands is one of the oldest private facilities in Kolkata and had started as the East India Clinic with just 50 beds. The treatment we provide and facilities that we offer have created a legacy that we must live up to. This is a huge responsibility and we plan to upgrade the hospital, equipping it with the most modern facilities at an affordable cost. The modernization will be done in phases and we expect the expansion to be completed in two years,” said Goenka.
The new unit will have radiology, oncology and a modern cathlab facility apart from state-of-the-art operation theatres. While the hospital now has around 200 beds, the restructuring will lead to a loss of some beds at the existing unit. “But it will be compensated by the additional beds at the new building. We will have more equipment, more mechanization and a greater use of technology to take treatment to the next level. We will invest heavily in diagnostics, operation theatres and our nurses’ academy,” added Goenka. Woodlands has so far treated 6 million patients, conducted over 3 lakh surgeries and more than 50,000 child births and heart procedures.
Last month, Belle Vue Clinic announced the launch of a 164-bed general hospital and a 400-bed multispecialty unit at New Town. Both may be functional by 2022. Its existing Loudon Street unit, too, will be expanded to a 372-bed facility.
Healthcare facilities in Kolkata have improved over the past decade helping to stop the flight of patients to other states, felt Goenka. “. My family has a 200-year-old link with Kolkata and the new hospital is a way of giving something back to the city,” he said.