The prestigious Christian Medical College Vellore is putting up a dedicated
trauma care centre right on the National Highway linking Chennai with Bengaluru
that will adopt a multi disciplinary approach to road accident victims the
Director of the hospital Dr Sunil Chandy said.
Tamil Nadu tops the number of road accidents in the country and the Chennai
Bengaluru highway contributes to the toll. The state also has the largest
number of black spots where the accidents occur.
The 117 year old hospital will be adding a new campus where this facility
will be created in the next two years, the new campus at Kannigapuram will have
1500 beds he said.
Trauma care will be the face of this new campus. This will be CMC’s
response to escalating statistics on road accidents. There are numerous
accidents, including major ones, on the Chennai-Bengaluru National Highway. The
number of persons getting injured and fatalities is high. Hence, trauma care
will be the thrust area on the new campus, he said.
There were no trauma care facilities along the 200-km radius of the NH
connecting the two state capitals.
“We will put in place a retrieval system that will involve ambulances for
transferring the accident victims. The transit will be fast on the NH to reach
the campus that is off the NH. An ambulance-only route has been planned on the
campus so that the patient reaches the centre straight away within minutes from
The centre will have its own registration and facilities for X-ray, CT scan
and also operation theatres. “This will be like a small hospital within a
hospital. We will be taking a multi-disciplinary approach for trauma patients.
Doctors, including surgeons, orthopaedicians and intensive care specialists,
have gone for training for the purpose,” Dr. Chandy said.