Breach Candy Hospital, a principal hospital in Mumbai with high-tech technical facilities, has been offering healthcare and medical proficiency for over fifty years now. The hospital has one of the highest nurse-patient ratios (in the city) in the wards and a ratio of one nurse per patient in the ICUs. The hospital is positioned in the heart of the city at South Mumbai on Bhulabhai Desai Road about 25 km from the domestic airport. The hospital is situated close to the famous Mahalaxmi temple and the Holy Haji Ali shrine along the seacoast. The hospital has the US embassy as its neighbor.
Breach Candy Hospital, with a total of 175 beds has the following amenities and services:
- Inpatient, Outpatient, and 24hrs Casualty Services
- Medical Research Centre
- Surgical Amenities
- Paediatric Services
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Renowned Medical Proficiency
- Outstanding Nursing Care
- Eight well-equipped Operation Theatres
- Medical ICU
- Surgical ICU
- Artificial Kidney Services
- Health Check-up Plans and Schemes
- Corporate Tie-Ups
- Health Centre recognized by the US Embassy The diagnostic amenities that the hospital has are:
- Pathology Laboratories
- Spiral CT Scan
- Colour Doppler
- EEG, ECG
- Cardiac Catheterisation
- Cardiac Stress and Pulmonary Function Laboratory
Pathology LaboratoryNew equipment, the ATB Expression machine, is assisting to cut down the time and to upsurge the accurateness of the numerous tests. The laboratory has developed special proficiency in diagnosing infections related with the AIDS virus. Public hospitals in the city habitually refer samples from AIDS patients to the Breach Candy Hospital for identification of pathogens. Surgical Pathology, Cytology and Immunohistochemistry Section A part of the Pathology Laboratory, the Surgical Pathology, Cytology and Immunohistochemistry section uses an extensive spectrum of tests for analyzing specimens removed from patients, either at surgery or biopsy. Over the years, the unit has earned an outstanding status for cancer diagnosis. It functions as a referral laboratory for the Indian Cancer Society, and has published numerous original papers in principal journals.
Blood BankFacilities are available for autologous transfusion that is, using the patient's own blood for transfusion at routine surgery and blood component therapy, that is, transfusing only the blood constituent the patient requires, such as red cells, plasma, platelets or cryoprecipitate. Cardiac Catheterisation and Interventional Cardiology Laboratory Know-how and innovations have earned the hospital national recognition as a frontrunner in interventional cardiology. Countless methods that are now in routine use around the nation were first executed here. Breach Candy was one of the first hospitals in the city to be fortified with digital imaging. The laboratory performs coronary angioplasties with rotoblator, stent implantation and balloon angioplasty for mitral valve disease, rectification of certain congenital heart defects and pacemaker implantation for improving cardiac function. The success and safety rates of the interventional processes match those of the best units in the world. The Diagnostic Imaging Centre is expediently located in one complex. It offers comprehensive general radiography as well as the new imaging methods.
Spiral CT ScanThe hospital is armed with the speediest and most progressive sub-second spiral CT scanner with unrivalled features that can scan the entire or portions of the body.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI]The special features of our new MRI machine consist of:
- Short bore and a compacted magnet because of which claustrophobia has been eradicated.
- Ultra-fast imaging techniques
- MRI angiography for imaging flowing blood without the use of a contrast agent
- Software for picturing the heat, coronary arteries, and the biliary system
- Software for MR myelography
- Endo-cavitatory coil for detecting prostate gland disease
- MR intervention for ablating tumors using focused ultrasound, laser or radio-frequency waves, as a substitute to surgery
- Functional imaging of the brain
Obstetrics and GynaecologyThe Obstetrics and Gynaecology department offers all-inclusive gynaecological services. Common problems treated include uncharacteristic bleeding, uterine fibroids, pelvic infections, endometriosis and loss of bladder control. This department has pioneered numerous methods of diagnosis and treatment. In the zone of minimally invasive surgery, it is a front-runner. Also identified as keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery executed through an endoscope is increasingly replacing open surgery at the hospital. Breach Candy was amid the first Indian hospitals to introduce hysteroscopy. The hysteroscope permits gynecologists to look inside the uterus and to analyze and correct abnormalities, thus helping to preserve the uterus. In fact, following the introduction of hysteroscopy, there has been a substantial reduction in the number of hysterectomies executed. The maternity services of this department are supported by an admirable neonatal intensive care unit to look after critically ill infants.
PediatricsAt the everyday OPD, pediatricians treat a widespread variety of childhood ailments, referring surgical conditions to paediatric doctors who operate regularly at the hospital. Furthermore, emergency care for children is provided round the clock. The hospital conducts a 'well-baby clinic' that offers immunization, monitors the growth and development of kids and counsels mothers on nutrition and other child-health related problems.
SurgeryThis department is a major centre for minimally invasive or keyhole surgery. This surgery is used for a variety of processes, from the elimination of the gall bladder to coronary artery bypass surgery, valvular surgery and chest surgery. Endoscopic orthopaedic surgery (arthroscopy) of the knee is one of the specialities of the orthopaedic surgeons attached to the department, who also carry out other advanced orthopaedic processes such as joint replacement. Endo-urological surgery is available for certain ailments of the genito-urinary system. The hospital has one of the most active coronary artery bypass programmes in the country. Cancer surgery, particularly for malignancies of the breast, gastrointestinal tract and mouth, is a speciality within general surgery, which has a tradition of excellence in treating endocrine and gastrointestinal problems. Plastic surgeons at the hospital are skilled in cosmetic surgery and reconstruction. The urology section has lately been enlarged to offer comprehensive care for disorders of the kidney, bowel and genitalia. The hospital has a consistent programme of kidney transplantation and is an acknowledged centre for cadaver transplantation of the kidney, heart and liver.
MedicineBesides treating common medical conditions, the Department of Medicine functions as a referral centre for unsolved and problematic cases from other cities in India, and infrequently from the South-East Asian, African and Middle East countries. The departments' special interest in respiratory ailments is supported by an excellent Pulmonary Function Test Laboratory, armed with the latest Jaegar Masterlab and Body Plethysmograph that measure all facets of lung function non-invasively without causing any discomposure to the patient. The Cardiac Stress Test Laboratory has high-tech equipment (Marquette Centra), which help in diagnosing, prognosticating and assessing the efficacy of therapy in coronary heart disease.
Artificial Kidney ServicesPatients with either provisional or permanent kidney failure are managed in the Artificial Kidney department with dialysis and kidney transplantation. Critically ill patients, who cannot be relocated from the ICU, are given dialysis at the bedside with constant arteriovenous haemofiltration, which has aided to save many lives. Patients suffering from chronic renal failure generally undergo haemodialysis at the hospital 2-3 times a week. A new method, Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD), empowers patients to dialyze themselves at home, without being contingent on a machine. Another option for patients with chronic renal failure is kidney transplantation. Over the last 20 years, numerous patients have received healthy kidneys from close relatives.
Physiotherapy ServicesIt is one of the few physiotherapy amenities in the nation that stays open for 24 hours to care for critically ill patients. Amenities include short-wave diathermy, ultrasonic treatment, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and interferential current therapy. Antenatal classes to prepare for labor and delivery and postnatal workout classes for new mothers are a prevalent feature. Godrej Charitable Wing The Godrej Charitable Wing opened in June 1979 to offer free medical aid to poor patients. Established with a generous donation from the Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, the free services cover both the OPD patients and the inpatients, which get treatment identical to that of paying patients. Doctors, including principal consultants attached to the hospital, offer their amenities to the Godrej Wing patients without charging a fee. Health Check-up Plans and Schemes The hospital offers health maintenance examinations including consultation in five economy packages, ranging from elementary pre-employment check-up to all-inclusive medical evaluation for key executives. The programme combines traditional diagnostic know-how with the newest in preventive medicine. Evaluation is individualized as per one's personal health requirements. Corporate Tie-Ups A huge number of corporate houses in Mumbai have an arrangement with the hospital that entitles their key executives to consultation and admission without payment formalities. The bills are settled straight by the company, streamlining the admission and discharge processes for selected employees. The Doctors Scheme For a nominal subscription, members are permitted to free OPD consultation by the surgeons who are part of the scheme and a reduction in the home and hospital visit charges. They are entitled to consultation with the hospital experts at a reduced fee, discounts on a range of tests, and abridged charges for operations and other amenities. Medical Research Centre The medical research centre attempts to improve the medical care given to patients by formulating better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating any ailment. Studies are carried out using influential new technologies based on molecular biology. Special regions of interest include breast cancer and infections. This research centre is recognized by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Its activities take account of regular weekly clinical meetings in which stimulating cases and advances in medicine are presented.
Breast CancerFor numerous years, research has focused on timely detection of breast cancer. Presently, the Surgical Pathology staff is conducting studies to classify early pre-cancerous variations in the breast using tumor markers. The objective is to devise tests for screening and timely diagnosis that will aid to lessen deaths from breast cancer. By studying patients from numerous ethnic and religious groups, they also hope to determine whether hereditary factors are responsible for the differing occurrence of breast cancer amid several communities in India.
Hands That ServeSupport staff, many of them working behind the scene, contributes to the efficacy of the hospital services.
Dietary ServicesThe versatile and hygienic hospital kitchenette prepares a multiplicity of therapeutic and normal diets – Indian and western, vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The menus are arranged by the dieticians to appeal to all tastes. The food is methodically prepared and delightfully served.
In-house pharmacyAll medicines required by outpatients and inpatients are supplied by the hospital pharmacy for easy accessibility.
AchievementsThe Research Centre unceasingly attempts to improve the medical care given to patients by inventing better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating ailments. The outstanding achievements in quality health care are:
- Constant quality control and asceptic precautions in Operation Theatre namely Cardiac and Joint Replacement Surgery.
- Development of Immuno-histochemical methodologies for specific diagnosis of cancer.
- Establishment of protocols in critical care and documentation in ICU'
- Strategic tie-up with Lennox Hill hospital for proliferation of Joint Replacement Surgery under the overall supervision of Dr. Ranawat and his team.
- Programme in Cancer surveillance in the female populace in collaboration with Indian Cancer Society.
- Establishment of a full-fledged transfusion service for thallasemic patients and other heamatalogical sicknesses.