Cure Thalassemia – NH Agreement

An agreement between NH and Cure Thalassemia(CT) has been signed; CT can use the BMT units of NH and MSCC for its patients who want to do a Bone Marrow Trasplantation (BMT),under the daily supervision of Dr. Pietro Sodani (CT co-founder and scientific coordinator), and with the scientific advice of Prof. Lucarelli, the worldwide authority in the field of BMT for thalassemia.

NH can also use the scientific advice of Dr. Sodani and Prof. Lucarelli for its thalassemia patients,but without a daily supervision.

Furthemore CT,NH and MSCC will work together to

  • significantly reduce the cost of the BMT
  • do research in the field of BMT both for matched donor and haploidentical BMT

joint co-ordination committee,whose chairman is Dr. Devi Shetty (NH and MSCC Founder and Chairman),consisting of executive of both the institutions has been formed which will oversee the overall functioning of the BMT Unit.

Thanks to all the people who made this agreement possible,we are firmly convinced that the joint staff of Cure Thalassemia, Narayana Hrudayalaya and the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre can do great things for the thalassemia patients worldwide.

Cure Thalassemia is a Social Business which provides affordable Bone Marrow Transplantation through the cross-subsidization model.


Affordable private air ambulances in six months

Three private hospitals have come together to start air ambulance consortia in the next six months to transfer critically ill patients from smaller towns to Delhi and Bangalore.  Apollo, Medanta and Narayana Hrudayala have joined hands to create an air ambulance network across the country to ambulift sick patients to bigger medical hubs to save their lives. In the first phase, the hospitals are planning to start services in Delhi and Bangalore and take it to Kolkata and Mumbai in the second phase.

“We are aiming to create a country-wide network where critically ill patients can be flown in from remote pockets to cities for timely treatment,” said Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, chairman, Narayana Hrudalaya, Bangalore, speaking at CII, 8th India Health Summit in Delhi on Thursday. “Although there are independent air carriers that lift sick patients, they are far too expensive. We want to bring the air-lifting charges down to the cost of road ambulances,” said Dr Shetty.

“If an air ambulance does 300 hours of flying, it will equal the cost of road ambulances. Even if this is an exaggerated figure, it will still cut costs by a good 60-70%,” he added. Read more…

Medicare at the doorstep from Narayana Hrudayalaya

The Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital Group will launch a unique concept of providing an array of medical services at the doorstep from Thursday, December 1. Dubbed as ‘Home Health Care Services, the special service will include blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure tests, physiotherapy, nursing care and treatment of minor ailments at patients’ homes.

The health at the doorstep concept has been specially designed for senior citizens, disabled persons and terminally patients who find it hard to travel.

“The service is hassle free and patients need not travel to far away hospitals. The aged and disabled can get nursing care without stepping out of their homes. Experienced, skilled and qualified medical personnel are part of the home health care service,” hospital authorities said.

To access the special service call on the numbers 95026-58888/2215-2215. Read more…

58 patients treated for heart diseases

About 58 patients with congenital heart diseases have been given free treatment at Narayana Hrudayalaya’s Kolkata and Bangalore centres. This was done under a free treatment scheme of the state government and children up to 14 years having congenital heart diseases were sent for free treatment from November 9. A senior official of Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) said, “The report sent by the Narayana Hrudayalaya shows that till now about 58 patients have received treatment in Kolkata and Bangalore centres.

Among them, 16 patients are from the last batch. Total number of surgery patients from the last batch was 4.” He added, “This is as per the last report. By now, the number of patients who have been operated upon must have increased by another 10 or 12. The patients whose condition is serious and require immediate surgery have been sent to Bangalore and the rest have been sent to Kolkata centre where they are being treated. The process of sending the children would continue till March next year and about 270 patients would be treated.” Read more…


We need national health cover

Dr Devi Shetty, Founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital, has a different take on tackling prices. Drawing an alarming picture of the doctor, nurse and para-medical staff shortages that India faces — he says, medicine prices will come down only when more doctors prescribe medicines, driving up volumes. No amount of money will help, if you do not have the manpower to prescribe medicines or deliver healthcare, especially in rural areas, he says. Price needs to be tackled through a combination of better sourcing, distribution and competition. Even at less than one rupee, iron capsules did not reach those who needed it, points out Mr Iyer, recounting his Wyeth experience.

Responding to concerns whether medicine prices would see an increase, following recent buy-outs of local drug operations by foreign companies, he adds: “We should stop seeing the East India Company in everything.” Patented drugs, critical and essential drugs or just regular medicines — the way forward is through partnerships with drug-makers. Not just to source finished medicines that can be distributed through fair-price or public distribution systems, but also technology. Government can get ailing public sector drug companies to source technology from private drug-makers to make essential drugs for local consumption. Read more…

Compass Point – Healtcare: Shetty medical centre requires upgrades to CI infrastructure

The ultimate vision for Dr. Devi Shetty’s proposed medical tourism development involves the creation of a massive health care city on 600 acres in East End, comprising a 2,000-bed hospital, a medical educational facility and assisted living homes for seniors. Accommodating a project of this magnitude will require significant improvements to Grand Cayman’s infrastructure, in areas including transportation, housing and public services. “Once we have a facility of 2,000 beds everything has to change in this country. The current infrastructure won’t sustain that,” Dr. Shetty said in late 2010. However, major infrastructure upgrades should not be necessary in order to realise the first phase of the 15-year project, consisting of a 140-bed hospital. Infrastructure requirements will be taken into account by government agencies as developers seek planning approval for each phase of the project.

Apart from the footprint of the actual Narayana Cayman University Medical Centre, the greatest stressor on Cayman’s infrastructure will be the sheer volume of people going to and from and residing at the medical centre. The hospital is expected to cater to 120 patients per day in its first year of operation and eventually expand to 1,400 per day when fully operational. Patients would stay on Island an average of nine and a half days.

Additionally, Dr. Shetty envisions the assisted living component of the medical center to eventually grow far beyond the 1,500 units approved by Government. “We need to have at least 10,000 people living in this city in this assisted living facility,” he said.

Put in context, Grand Cayman currently has the 124-bed Cayman Islands Hospital and 18-bed Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital. Just the initial 140-bed Shetty hospital would double the number of hospital beds on Island. Once the 2,000-bed hospital is completed, Grand Cayman would have more than 14 times the number of hospital beds it currently has. Read more…

IMPLANT DENTISTRY at Narayana Hrudayalaya

Narayana Hrudayalaya Chain of Dental Clinic India’s largest dental care network are happy to launch American Academy of Implant Dentistry “AAID MAXICOURSE ASIA BANGALORE” on ‘IMPLANT DENTISTRY’ at Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City for the very first time in Bangalore on 2nd November 2011.

AAID Maxi course Asia a comprehensive course to train the dentist in Implant dentistry in association with American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the course comprises of 300 hours of comprehensive lectures including live surgeries, demonstrations and hands on sessions by more than 15 speakers from amongst the distinguished names in implant logy from different parts of the world. This course will be leveraging on the resources of knowledge and support of over 4000 implant dentists network of American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

In India over 17 per cent of the aged population is edentulous (total loss of all tooth), the remaining 78.3 per cent have some teeth missing. Advances in dental technologies enable treatment of edentulous in a quick and efficient manner. The combination of dental implants and dental prosthetics is one of the best options to resolve the problem of missing teeth. Read more…