You may be surprised to know that India has more hospitals and clinics than any country in the world. India also boasts the most dispensaries and clinics, perhaps less surprising when you consider the large population but despite the vast number of patients, there are some excellent medical facilities to be found in the sub-continent. In terms of multispecialty hospitals, there are some very respectable options for even the most discerning of patients. Multispecialty hospitals typically are able to deal with more than one specialty and are able to deal with the likes of all kinds of surgery as well as being able to support more general medical needs. Here we look at the very top multispecialty hospitals in India and we’ll also highlight the top ones with some facts and figures for your perusal.
Number one – AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) New Delhi
This internationally acclaimed hospital is widely regarded as the very best of its type in India and with very good reason. The combination of top class infrastructure facilities and some of the very best equipment available have made AIIMS what it is today – one of the finest multispecialty hospitals in the world, not just India. AIIMS has been providing these splendid services for patients for a number of years and at a very affordable rate. Firmly in the 21st century, AIIMS can boast a very high tech online portal for Aadhar based patients to register from and also offers online appointment booking options. AIIMS is also a worldwide brand that stands for both medical excellence and has a reputation second to none. Just take a look at some of the highly-regarded doctors who are all deemed to be experts in their respective fields:
- Vinod Raina – Oncologist
- Prashant Ramteke – Histopathologist
- N.P Gupta – Urologist
- Alka Kriplani – Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
- Peush Sahni – Gastroenterologist
- Kapil Sikka – Surgeon
Of course, there isn’t the time or space to add the full list of talented healthcare professionals here but suffice it to say that AIIMS is not short of medical geniuses. Originally established way back in 1956, AIIMS is run under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. You can find the specialty hospital located in the Ansari Nagar part of Delhi and it is next to Safdarjung Hospital. According to a number of surveys that were included in the Outlook and The Week magazines, AIIMS is ranked as the best in the country and also for a number of specialized medical fields that include Gynaecology and Neurology. AIIMS combines this excellent service quality with the capacity to be able to deal with over 3 million patients on an annual basis, particularly important for a country with such a cast population as India.
Number two – PGIMER, Chandigarh
Our second highly rated Indian multispecialty hospital can be found in Chandigarh. PGMER actually is an acronym for Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research. Just like the first example in this article, PGIMER is widely regarded as one of the very best specialty hospitals in India and also the whole world. Back in 2014, PGIMER was the first establishment of its kind to offer Robotic Assisted Surgery. This ground-breaking achievement is just one example of how PGIMER is constantly at the forefront of medical technology in India. The robotic surgery was actually introduced specifically for assisting those who are suffering from urinary system disease. Amongst the salient features on offer at PGIMER are a top-class combination of both in and outpatient services, almost 2000 beds, indoors and for observation and also both ambulance services and a 24/7 emergency department ready to deal with whatever medical problem should happen next. Amongst the highly respected medical staff working at PGIMER who are certainly worth a mention are:
- Yogesh Chawla – Director
- Rajesh Kumar – Community Medicine
- M.S. Dhillon – Department of Orthopaedics
- Vanita Suri – Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- A.K. Mandal – Department of Urology
- Mukut Minz – Department of Renal Transplant Surgery
As with our first example of excellent Indian specialty hospitals, there are of course many more esteemed professionals currently working at PGIMER that we do not have the resources to mention here. The founders of this prestigious specialty hospital were Bala Krishna, Sent Ram Dhall, P N Chuttani, Santokh Singh Anand and Tulsi Das. This was back in 1962 and was at the time in the state of Punjab. PGIMER was then named as an Institute of National Importance in 1967. PGIMER will admit students twice a year into their postgraduate and post-doctoral courses and these are highly regarded within the medical field. The hospital is also heavily involved in research and support work in the more rural areas of India and particularly concentrates on diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. It is also dedicated to the fight against HIV, cancer and numerous sexually transmitted diseases.
Number three – Christian Medical College, Vellore
Located in Vellore, the Christian Medical College is another Indian specialty hospital that comes highly recommended indeed. In fact, the whole of Vellore has a high reputation as far as offering first class healthcare because of the presence of this esteemed specialty hospital. The majority of the patients that register at Christian Medical College apparently do so because of the extremely modern facilities on offer there. Boasting some of the highest tech equipment in the whole of India, it is no surprise that Christian Medical College is so highly rated in its field. Specializing in Neurology, Gastrointestinal science, cancer, dental science, Christian Medical College is at the forefront of medical pioneering in many areas of medicine. There are a huge 2600 beds available for treating patients here and these are available within a huge 96 wards with 15 intensive care units on offer. Christian Medical College was awarded the prestigious MM Award for Excellence and also received the best hospital for multi-specialty treatments in non-metro regions in recent years. The esteemed panel of medical professionals includes the following doctors:
- Ari Chako – Neurosurgeon
- Vikram Mathews – Oncologist
- Regi Thomas – Surgeon
- Indira Agarwal – Nephrologist
- Bobby John – Cardiologist
Christian Medical College first opened its doors back in 1900 and the hospital was founded by Dr. Ida S. Scudder who was an American missionary. CMC, as it is also known as, was famous for being the very first Indian open heart surgery in 1948. CMC treated 2.5 million outpatients in 2015-16 and almost 140,000 inpatients. With more than 9,000 staff and 39 major operating theaters, CMC is rightly considered to be at the top of the medical tree as far as Indian multispecialty hospitals are concerned.
Number four – Apollo Hospital, Chennai
The Apollo Hospital in Chennai is well known for the way that has pioneered certain medical treatments in an advanced fashion. Established back in 1983, Apollo has managed to be the first to achieve a myriad of ground breaking treatments and procedures. Apollo Hospital is known worldwide for this reason and because of this, patients will come from all over the globe for treatment. Apollo specializes in a number of treatments and surgical procedures including knee, hip and kidney transplants. They also help millions of satisfied patients with their cardio vascular issues and also cancer happens to be one of their specialties. Recently, the Apollo Hospital was in the world news when conjoined twins were flown in from Tanzania for a successful surgery. Amongst the notable features that this incredible Chennai multispecialty hospital can offer include the following:
- Waiting hall for both families and patients
- Ambulance services that over the city of Chennai and more
- Special place of worship room
- Emergency and Corporate services
- Myriad of room choices such as corporate, deluxe, single, semi-private, suite, double sharing, private suite
There are too many highly-regarded doctors and surgeons and consultants working at Apollo to name here but suffice it to say that they would grace the staff list of any hospital around the whole world.
Number five – Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon
So, our fifth and final multispecialty Indian hospital is located in Gurgaon. Medanta was originally founded by the famous Dr. Naresh Trehan who is a renowned cardiac surgeon. Medanta provides an extremely high level of training, research and medical care and these are the areas on which it prides itself. By offering such high standards and specializing in medical areas such as Urology, Cancer, Cardiology and Haematology, Medanta has received very high praise from medical reviewers around the world. The hospital is set in very impressive grounds that total 43 acres in size and offers around 1200 beds for patients to be treated from. With 45 operation theaters and another 350 beds offering critical care for patients, this supersized hospital is at the cutting edge of medical science. Medanta also offers specialty treatment in Neurosciences, Laparoscopic and Bariatric surgery. As mentioned earlier, it was established by Dr. Naresh Trehan in 2009 and exceeds its expectations by managing to cater for more than 20 separate specialties and a very impressive 32 institutions. Dr. Trehan originally worked as an assistant professor of surgery in the United States and worked in many prestigious hospitals and medical establishments around the world. He has also been awarded extremely high civilian awards in India and these include the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri.
We have looked a little closer at 5 of the best multispecialty hospitals in India and it is obvious that they are doing very well indeed. Each one of these multispecialty hospitals is impressive enough to and head to head with their counterparts all over the world. Surely these examples are a testament to how advanced the healthcare business and research has become in the sub-continent. What is more, there are at least another dozen multispecialty hospitals in India that are right up there with this top 5. So long as India manages to continue with this impressive investment in the future of healthcare in the country, the future is looking to be very bright indeed. By sharing technology and embracing change, India is amongst the world leaders in the healthcare industry and that is not about to change anytime soon. The fact that people from all over the world are flying to India for treatment is proof that something very right has happened to our healthcare system in the last 30 years.