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Covid care centre opens in New Town

Kolkata: The Vinod Neotia Covid Care Centre —  a 58-bed first-line Covid care facility has been set up in New Town. Located adjacent to Bhag...

Kolkata: The Vinod Neotia Covid Care Centre — a 58-bed first-line Covid care facility has been set up in New Town. Located adjacent to Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre, New Town, the facility started operations from Friday. Jointly set up by Ambuja Neotia and ICICI Lombard, the latter has provided the medical equipment to the Covid Care centre. The centre has 48 oxygen-aided beds for mild or moderately affected Covid-19 patients and 10 High dependency unit (HDU) beds. The centre will provide nursing assistance and lab support 24x7, HDU beds for treating critical as well as mild Covid cases requiring hospitalization. It will have specialist consultants on call, and provide phone triaging (interactive process between the nurse and the caller which is the patient in this case, to seeking guidance and query resolution multiple times in a day to minimize physical contact) — all in a protected area following infection control protocols and international standards.

In case of patients requiring critical care treatment, they will be referred to a step-up Covid hospital. To extend support to those patients till they are transferred to the Critical Care Hospital, the HDU has been equipped with 7 ventilator cardiac monitors along with qualified nurse and technicians, in addition to the doctors. The Centre will offer services at a subsidised rate. Admissions will be based on the level of care the centre is providing.

Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja Neotia, said, “In the present scenario, the healthcare system is overwhelmed with the rapid rise in cases. This centre is a small step towards supporting patients who need specialised initial care. We want to ensure that the patients get timely treatment for a speedy recovery.”

Bhargav Dasgupta, MD & CEO, ICICI Lombard, said “We are happy to partner with the Ambuja Neotia group for the dedicated Covid care centre. Providing Covid-19 focused medical facilities to society is the need of the hour. At ICICI Lombard, we have taken multiple steps to curtail the impact of the virus over the last 2 years. These include providing oxygen concentrators, social distancing facilitating equipment, initiating vaccination drive for the underprivileged sections, among others. While these are small efforts, we believe that collectively India Inc. can play a critical role in mitigating the impact of the pandemic.”

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