Howrah Orthopaedic Hospital
Nursing Home in Howra, West Bengal, India
Area of Specialization:
1. Routine Ortho Surgery
2. Arthoscopic Surgery
3. Hand Surgery
4. Plastic Surgery
5. Ilizarov and JESS
Year of Establishment:1950
Complete Address:Chief Health Director,
Howrah Orthopaedic Hospital,
222, Biplabi Haren Ghosh Sarani,
Howrah - 711101
Location:Howra, West Bengal, India
Introduction & Overview
HOWRAH is the twin city of Kolkata located on the banks of River Ganges /Hooghly. It is West Bengal's second largest city in terms of both area and population. The 2 cities are connected by 4 bridges. Often termed as Sheffield of the East, Howrah is known today as a hub of heavy engineering industry. Howrah is an important railway industrial hinterland housing many vital installations, sheds & depots of Eastern Railway. Howrah Coaching Yard complex is the largest Railway Coaching yard of India.
HOWRAH STATION is the second oldest station and one of the largest railway complexes in India. Trains from this station serve the Kolkata urban area, the state of West Bengal and most major cities of India. It has 23 platforms which handle over three hundred trains each day, serving more than a million passengers.
HOWRAH ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL was established in the year 1950 as a mere Health Unit to look after the railway employees. In the year 1966, this Health Unit was upgraded to a 50 bedded Hospital and since then it has gradually prospered to attain the present status of Super Speciality Orthopaedic Care Center of Indian Railways.
Now it has 179 beds with a modern OT & functions as a Referral Hospital for all Zonal Railways and State Hospitals.
Specialty & USP's
This Divisional Hospital of Eastern Railway is situated at Howrah which is popularly known as Howrah Orthopedic Hospital.
Howrah Orthopedic Hospital is a 179 bedded tertiary hospital of Orthopedics functioning as a Referral Hospital for all India Railways, State hospitals & Private sector. It is presently carrying on sophisticated Replacement & Corrective Surgery like Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Total Elbow Replacement & others with latest technology involving video teleconferencing & also training of surgeons from abroad. The Hospital also has other Departments like Gen Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Eye, ENT, Pediatrics, Health & Family Welfare with Specialist Doctors.
Services & Facilities
The Howrah Orthopedic Hospital qualifies as a Super Specialty Referral Hospital as well as a Center for Medical Education and Research Center. It has the following facilities:
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY : Routine Ortho Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Arthoscopic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Ilizarov and JESS. The following Major surgeries are routinely conducted: Hemi Arthoplasty Hip, Total Hip Replacement - Cemented & Un-cemented, Total Knee Replacement, ORIF of lower & upper Limb fractures, Arthroscopic surgery and Ligament Reconstruction, Ilizarov fixation, Spine Surgery, Tendon Deformities & Micro vascular surgery of Hand.
MEDICINE: General Medicine, Neuro Medicine, Paediatrics, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Chest medicine & RNTCP, HIV Screening & Counselling. Facility of one fully equipped Medical ICU.
ANAESTHESIOLOGY: facilities like Pulse Oxymeter, Respiratory gas monitors, Cardiac Monitors, Anaesthetic Ventilators, latest Anaesthetic Machines. Facility of one fully equipped Post Surgical ICU.
PATHOLOGY: FNAC, Hematology, Microbiology, Serology, Bio Chemistry, Hormone Assays.
BLOOD BANK: Available for 24 hrs, Blood is tested for all routine tests as well as HIV.
OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY: All Gynecological Operations like Hysteroscopy, Colposcopy, Laparoscopy, etc. Obstetrical procedures include Normal Delivery and Caesarian Section.
OPHTHALMOLOGY: Routine OPD procedures, IOL Implantation, Phacosurgery
OTOLARYNGOLOGY: Routine OPD procedures including minor operations
RADIODIAGNOSIS: Ultrasound Imaging & Digital X Ray of all body parts.
PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION : It includes specialized departments like –
a) DEPTT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY - Assessment of patients with disabilities due to different diseases, Specific job oriented exercise therapy, Prevocational evaluation & assessment, Remedial exercise for Polio /Neuropathies etc.
b) DEPTT OF PHYSIOTHERAPY – Electro therapy & Actino therapy – Infra Red, SWD, Microwave Diathermy, Wax bath, Electrical Stimulation, Laser therapy, Interferential Therapy, Tractions -Pelvic & cervical, Exercise therapy- with different exercisers.
c) ARTIFICIAL LIMB CENTRE – Orthosis, Prosthesis.
Emergency Dept. – runs round the clock with 2 doctors & other staff.
AMBULANCE SERVICE – runs round the clock.
NURSING SERVICES - under Chief Matron /Asst Nursing Officer
DEPTT OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE – Sterilisation, Antenatal Clinic, Well Baby clinic, Office visits, Multipurpose Health Drives, Health Screening Camps, Cancer Detection camps like Pap smear test, Distribution of Family Welfare materials /books, School Health Services, Regular Health Education of Railway staff, Food Hygiene under PFA act, Active Surveillance during outbreak of infectious diseases like Dengue /Bird Flu /Swine Flu.
Environmental Sanitation – maintenance of Sanitation & Cleanliness of the Howrah Railway station and all the Railway colonies headed by one senior medical officer.
Staff & Management Strength:42 regular doctors (including Health Units)
Vehicle Parking For Visitors & Members:Yes
Canteen / Cafeteria:Yes
Average Outpatients Per Day:Approx 625 in all the Deptts
Permanent & Visiting Panelist Strength:VPs in Orthopedics. Plastic Surgery, Anaesthesia
General O.P.D. Capacity:800
Private O.P.D. Capacity:None
General O.P.D. Charges:None for Railway employees
Private O.P.D. Charges:None
Achievements & Awards
Dr M S Ghosh joined the hospital in November 1969 as a Specialist Surgeon in Orthopedics and Trauma surgery and Surgeon Superintendent of the Hospital. By the sheer dedication and hard work of Dr Ghosh and with the active cooperation of his colleagues and sympathetic Railway administration, the hospital gradually grew in all spheres. Over the course of years more floors and blocks of wings were added to the existing structure and number of beds increased in strength to 179 with addition of Children ward, Plastic Reconstructive unit, Burn unit, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Artificial Limb Centre, Occupational Therapy Unit, etc. equipped with trained personnel. Two modern Operation Theatre blocks with multiple OTs equipped with Laminar Air flow, CC TV, Image Intensifier, latest operating instruments and implants were set up way back in 1980s. The hospital grew in stature & importance every year and was recognized as the referral centre in the field of Orthopedics and trauma surgery for the Eastern Railway and also for the whole of Indian Railways. The hospital reached its fame and zenith in 1980-90 as recognition for its academic and professional excellence when the hospital was designated by the Railway Board as “Railway Orthopedic Institute and Research Centre, Howrah”. The Institute is considered as the Mecca of Orthopedic teaching and training and professional excellence of Eastern India. Batches of renowned orthopedic surgeons from India and also from UK, USA, France & Germany visited the Institute periodically for delivering lectures and arrange courses.
The hospital is the first in Indian Railway Medical Service to perform Osteosynthesis, Arthroscopy and Joint replacement.
Enquiries & Appointments:91 33 26414858
Emergency:91 33 26414858
Others:CHD: 91 33 26411642, Fax: 91 33 26411642
Jurisdiction of the Hospital is approx 280 km spanning 5 districts of West Bengal & 1 district of Jharkhand. The Hospital is supplemented by 11 peripheral Health Units imparting Primary Health Care,
There are 2 Accident Relief Medical Equipment Vans at Bamangachi & Rampurhat.
Total no of Employees served: 29182
Total Population served: 1,55,355
Total No of Rly Stations in jurisdiction: 141
Average Indoor admissions per month: 395
Average Length of Stay (ALS) per Bed: 12
Average Bed Occupancy Ratio (BOR): >100%
(Composed by Dr P S Mitra for & on behalf of Chief Health Director, Howrah, Eastern Railway)