Chennai: Apollo Hospitals opened a day surgery facility in the Alwarpeet area that allows patients to recover at home after an operation. It will also house a 24-hour emergency unit and a chest pain clinic for cardiac patients.
“This will be a state-of-the-art facility designed to motivate patients going in for elective surgeries and also those requiring short-stay surgeries,” said Prathap C. Reddy, chairman and founder of Apollo Hospitals group.
The Indian healthcare services firm plans to increase the number of such centres in the city to five and introduce the facility in other major metros as well.
Managing director Preetha Reddy, who just returned from a trip to Africa, where the group plans to expand, said the cost of the day surgery centre was over Rs5 crore.
Prathap C. Reddy said that although revenue per bed will be relatively lower because of the short stay, the turnover will be high. He expects the facility to break-even in six months. The company is also raising funds for expansion.