Sankara Nethralaya
Sankara Nethralaya
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Since its inception in 1978, Sankara Nethralaya, a unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, has been receiving patients from the Eastern and North Eastern Region of India, seeking treatment and management for Ophthalmic conditions. While the hospital in Chennai received over 300 patients from this region every day, there were many more who could not travel the distance and avail the treatment facilities in Chennai.

To serve more people from eastern and north eastern India, Sankara Nethralaya began offering its services, through collaboration, in Kolkata in December 2002, serving about 200 patients a day. In July 2007, with the idea of expanding and offering more comprehensive care, it moved to an independent interim location at Raja Subodh Mullick Square. While at the interim location, Sankara Nethralaya with the support of the Paschim Banga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilini, constructed its own eye hospital, built on a 0.55 acre of land in Mukundapur.

The new hospital was commissioned on January 21, 2009 by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Shri. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Lead by Dr. Sujata Guha, a dedicated team of 11 consultants caters to the needs of at least 500-600 patients a day in all sub-specialities of ophthalmology. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art investigational facilities. The centre is a dedicated superspeciality eye hospital and peripheral referral centre for the entire eastern region of the country and neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal.

Keeping with the Sankara Nethralaya philosophy of Community Service, the new hospital at Kolkata has an entire floor dedicated to Community Service. Two state-of-the-art operation theatres and 24 beds have been specifically earmarked for indigent patients who receive treatment free-of-cost. The hospital also has a Teleophthalmology and Mobile Refraction Van that takes quality eye care to the doorsteps of people living in rural and semi-urban West Bengal.

Sankara Nethralaya-Kolkata, a multi-speciality ophthalmic unit, offers expert medical opinion in:
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Medical Retinal
Community ophthalmology

The state-of-the-art facilities at Sankara Nethralaya-Kolkata include six operation theatres. Four out of these are paying OTs and two are exclusively meant for performing surgeries on indigent patients. One of the community operation theatres is named after (late) Dr. Samir Biswas, renowned ophthalmologist from Kolkata.

Hospital Management System and Electronic Medical Records for anywhere-anytime-availability of patients’ records, pioneered at the main hospital in Chennai, has been made available to Sankara Nethralaya – Kolkata.

Additional facilities:
OCT — Optical Coherence Tomography
UBM — Ultrasound Bio Microscopy
HVF — Humphrey Visual Field
TTT — Transpupillary Thermotherapy
PDT — Photo Dynamic Therapy
FFA — Fundus Flurocein
Laser Photocoagulation
Yag Capsulotomy
Yag PI (Peripheral Iridotomy)

Teleophthalmology holds great potential in improving the quality, access, and affordability in health care for rural patients. It can reduce the need for travel and provide access to a super-specialist at their doorstep. Sankara Nethralaya is the pioneer in mobile teleophthalmology practice in rural India.

Eye camps by Sankara Nethralaya-Kolkata include conducting a free comprehensive eye examination, screening patients for cataract and providing spectacles at the campsite. A team of four-five optometrists, along with a fellow consultant and a mobile refraction van which provides spectacles, visit nearby villages on weekends for the benefit of the rural poor.

Since January 2009, Sankara Nethralaya at Mukundapur has made a promising beginning. To know more...
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