During the last two decades, India has seen emergence of a large number of high-tech, multi-specialty hospitals, mainly in major cities, providing modern hospital facilities.
A further step in the evolution of healthcare appears to be the concept of ‘medical plazas.' Ahmedabad-based JP Iscon Group, specialising in plaza-construction and now also in the premium residential space, is constructing a three-storeyed “medical plaza” in the town of Deesa, headquarters of Banaskantha district in North Gujarat, bordering Rajasthan.
It will provide medical facilities to people in the two neighbouring states at affordable prices, said Mr Jatin Gupta, Managing Director of the Group that is active in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Christened ‘Iscon Pride', it is one of India's first medical plazas.
JP Iscon decided to build the medical plaza after a feedback that the prosperous area was devoid of modern medical facilities. “With this thought and inputs from various doctors across the town, we decided to launch a one-stop medical centre for all patients, as also the professionals and the corporates”.
Spread across 150,000 square feet, the specialty medical plaza is being developed at a project cost of Rs 70 crore. It is expected to open next year, offering a wide range of healthcare facilities under one roof. There will be no space constraints, making the specialty plaza a hub for doctors and patients, he said.
Space in the medical plaza will be sold to doctors, chemists, and pathological and diagnostic laboratories, clinics and others working in the hospital and medical sectors. The plaza is being specially designed for these purposes. There will also be operation theatres which can be hired by doctors and others so that the patients don't have to go to another referral hospital. Each clinic will have an attached pantry and washroom.
The medical plaza boasts of facilities like a common operation theatre for doctors of various disciplines, 24-hour ambulance service, high-speed elevators and stretcher lifts, 24x7 chemist shops, common cafeteria and restaurant, rest areas for members of the patients and other facilities.
JP Iscon plans to extend this across other cities too, Mr Gupta added.
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