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Last Updated: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 19:37
Kolkata: A city-based hospital today started an air ambulance service to airlift in emergency cases patients living in places with poor medical infrastructure.

Medica Superspecialty Hospital has made available a four-seater Cessna Skyhawk aircraft as part of its air evacuation and consulting service available 24x7, hospital chairman Aloke Ray said.

"At Rs 10,000 per flying hour, the service is targeted at affluent families by promising them a state-of-the-art medical care within hours of a phone call," Roy said.

The aircraft will rush the patient and one relative to the Kolkata hospital during an emergency.

"If required, a doctor may be flown in to accompany the patient. Our ambulance will receive them at the airport and bring them to the hospital. If the patient cannot be airlifted, then we will fly a specialist doctor to see the patient at his location," he said.

The service will operate between Kolkata airport and other operational airports in the districts of West Bengal and the neighbouring states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.

"Cooch Behar, Jhargram, Midnapore, Bagdogra, Agartala, Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat, Silchar, Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, Gaya, Darbhanga, Ranchi and Jamshedpur would also fall under the air ambulance's radar," a hospital official said.

Patients from these regions are often unable to avail of services of a well-equipped medical facility in times of an emergency, he claimed.

The superspecialty hospital, which is a unit of Medica Synergie Pvt Ltd, provides integrated healthcare solutions in neurology, cardiology, orthopaedic sciences, gastroenterology and kidney diseases, with special thrust on emergency medicine.


First Published: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 19:37

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