Bangalore: Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt Ltd has entered into an agreement with Portea Medical Pvt Ltd for providing post-operative care to patients at their homes.

The partnership will help Manipal Health expand its home medical services practice, called Manipal Homecare, which it started in 2010. Existing Manipal Homecare staff will work with Portea which will run the service.

Manipal Homecare will have the added benefit of freeing up hospital beds occupied by patients who can be treated at home, said Dr. Sudershan Ballal, chairman of Manipal Hospitals’ medical advisory board.

Services will include post-operative care, physiotherapy, sample collection for laboratory testing, nursing services, mobile dialysis, chemotherapy and palliative care for terminally ill patients.

“We envisage exponential growth for the first couple of years and expect to cover around 25% of our overall in-patient base and about 5% of out-patients," Manipal Health chief executive officer Ajay Bakshi was quoted as saying in an e-mailed press statement.

Earlier in May 2013, Manipal Hospitals had invested in Ankur Healthcare,, a speciality centre focused on reproductive medicine, which is now called Manipal–Ankur Andrology & Reproductive Services (MARS).

Manipal Health Enterprises is part of the Manipal group which runs colleges and hospitals in many parts of India and abroad. Manipal Health operates 16 hospitals in six Indian states and one in Malaysia with a combined 5,200 beds. ​

Portea Medical is a brand owned by HealthVista India Pvt Ltd. It provides healthcare services at home in 18 cities in India.

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