King George Hospitals, Visakhapatnam
King George Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in South India.
The King George Hospital, commonly called as KGH, is Coastal Andhra's only state-run tertiary care hospital. It caters to over 3000 patients daily.
King George's Hospital was setup in the year 1845 as a Civil Hospital with a Dispensary. Later, with the formation of Vizag Municipality, the Hospital was able to maintain with the little funds given by the Municipality until the Hospital was provinced in the year 1918. Among great contributors who have donated generously for the benefit of the Hospital were Gode and Ankithan families. The Province Government held the Hospital to get 60 acres of land on the existing site of sandbeds of Maharanipeta.
The Hospital was named on the name of British Emperor King George who ruled the country during the time. By 1925, the hospital had 250 bets and was one of the biggest in the entire of South India.
KGH was given its name in 1923 by Raja Ramaraya Singh who inaugurated the hospital. From a double digit figure beds to the current thousand beds, KGH has seen many ups and downs but yet kept on its best of services at all times.
King George Hospital, a trusted hospital that comes handy and only Hospital within the reach of the common man has decided to switch to paid services. All services from KGH will now on be paid services only.
The Hospital used to have only few Departments and today it is spread in a multi-storied building with 32 Departments and 10 super speciality facilities. The Department of Orthopedics was instituted by Dr. C Vyagreswarudu, Department of Neuro Surgery by Dr. S Balaparameswara Rao and Department of Thoracic Surgery by Dr. Sundararamurthy.
The Hospital today has over 1840 beds and can serves over 30,500 in-patients and over 3,14,400 out-patients. The Hospital reported 9949 Major and 14712 Minor Operations and 2888 delivery cases during the year 1994.
Giving value and importance to Education, Doctors of KGH teach in the Medical College. There are over 68 Professors, 12 Associate Professors, 22 Assistant Professors. The Hospital has 60 head nurses, 233 staff nurses and Administrative Staff besides 400 Class-IV who constantly look after the cleanliness and the needs of the hospital.
The Hospital works in two major areas - Medical and Surgery. Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Neurology and Cardiology comes under Medicine. Pediatric surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cardio-Thoraic Surgery, Urology and Neuro-Surgery comes under Surgery. The Hospital also has 8 Non-Clinical Departments like Anatomy, Physiology, Bio-Chemistry, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, Micro-biology, Pathology and Social and Preventive Medicine and 14 Clinical Departments such as General Medicine, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, STD, Dentistry, General surgery, Pediatric, Orthopedic, Causality, Gynecology and Obstetrics, TB and Chest diseases, ID hospital and Blood Bank.
As of 2012, the King George Hospital has 1200 beds.
The other hospitals affiliated to KGH are:
- Rani Chandramani Devi Hospital for Physically Handicapped
- Victoria Gosha Hospital for Women and Children
- Government Hospital for Mental Care
- Regional Health Center at Simhachalam
- UGPHC at Subbavaram
- CHC at Aganapudi
Among eminent doctors who served the hospital are:
- Major Edben
- FAB Shephard
- Dr.GM Kini
- Dr. R Mahadevan
- Major Shore
- Dr. Prabha
- Dr. S R Ranganathan
- Dr. C Vyaghreshwarudu (Ortho)
- Dr. P Brahmayya Sastri (Physiology)
- Dr. Bhaskar Menon (Pathology)
- Dr. Krishna Rao (Anatomy)
- Dr. MV Ramana Murthy (General Surgery)
- Dr. TK Raman (Cardiology)
- Dr. HM Lazerus (Gynaecology)
- Dr. R Suryaprasada Rao (Opthalmology)
- Dr. Pinnamaaneni Narasimha Rao (ENT)
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