Hyderabad / Amaravati , December 20, 2017: Indo UK Institute of Health (IUIH) one of the world’s largest healthcare projects with an investment of Rs 17600 crores in India,announced that the development work of the second of its 11 Medicities to come up in 11 Indian states at Amaravati, the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh, is slated to begin soon as IUIH is scheduled to get possession of allotted land from Andhra Pradesh government anytime now. It is being built in association with King’s College Hospital, London, with an investment outlay of Rs 1600 crores.
According to Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta, Group MD and CEO, IUIH, “We aim to start the construction work immediately after we get the possession of the allotted land from the state government. We have set an ambitious target of getting IUIH clinic and diagnostic centre inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Nara Chandra Babu Naidu on Gandhi Jayanti i.e. October 02, 2018 itself. The 250-bed hospital, phase 1 of the plan, shall be operational by 2020. By 2022, we intend to have the NHS branded 1000-bed King’s College Hospital as well as the medical college up and running in Amaravati,” added Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta.
Besides this, IUIH Medicity Amaravati shall be the headquarter for all 11 IUIH Medicities in India. “We are in talks with 40 NASDAQ listed companies who are our partners in this project and IUIH Medicity Amaravati will become the manufacturing site for medicalequipment and implants, in accordance with Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ program,” says Mr. Vinay Singhal, Board Member, IUIH.Centres of Excellence for cutting-edge medical research shall be set up in IUIH Medicity Amaravati, and the focus shall be on clinical research analysing the patient data, translational research,stem cells research etc.
“We are also relying heavily on technology and have tied-up with IT majors for big data analytics. Our e-Health and m-Health platforms, to be ready in the first phase itself, will facilitate exchange of patients’ medical records electronically using telemedicine, tele-radiology and tele-pathology for diagnostics etc. IUIH believes in covering the last mile across the neighbouring villages and taking healthcare services down to patient’s doorstep,” adds Dr. Rajdeep Singh Chhina, COO, IUIH.
Asper the feasibility study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the fund advisors, IUIH Medicity Amaravati has the potential of becoming medical tourism hubsbesides serving the local population. “NHS standard healthcare at lower price points will be our winning formula to tap the medical tourism business potential,” states Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta. This shall not just contribute to the exchequer but lead to overall development of the region too, in line with the government’s Smart Cities initiative.
A bilateral India and UK task force involving government representatives is helping drive the initiative forward. The Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare conducts action-taken meetings every six months to apprise the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) regularly. “We are accountable to both the Indian and UK government, who are continuously monitoring the progress we are making,” informs Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta.
IUIH Medicity Amaravati shall have seven distinct yet connected zones. The Healthcare Delivery Zone will house a 1000 bed NHS branded hospital. The Education and Training Zone will have medical college, nursing college, PG college etc. “The nursing college at IUIH Medicity Amaravati will be affiliated to Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, King’s College Hospital, London and shall train 200 nurses every year. While the medical college here shall be affiliated to one of the top British universities and shall train 100 doctors every year,” says Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta.
The Clinical Support Services Zone will have centres for diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, pathology laboratories, medical supplies, blood bank etc. The Medical and Technology Zone will accommodate medical device/equipment manufacturers, pharmaceutical production and healthcare technology companies including IT service providers. The Research & Development Zone will incubate healthcare start-ups and have centres for big data analytics as well as medical supplies development. The Commercial Zone will have a hospital hotel to facilitate patients and those accompanying them, nursery, wellness centre, retail area etc. The Administration Zone, besides the office area, will have house transport facilities and a helipad for air ambulance.