St.John's Medical College Hospital is a tertiary medical service centre with 1200 beds. It offers specialty and super specialty services, including state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities to ensure the delivery of holistic patient care. The hospital is staffed with dedicated and highly competent members of the medical fraternity along with trained personnel who work with sophisticated state-of-the-art equipment. Annual patient statistics report of 2007 (January to December) shows a total of 5,03,274 outpatients registered, with a daily average of 1379. The total number of new outpatients registered during this period was 1,34,803. The total number of admissions made was 46,609, with a daily average of 128.
Started on December 8, 1975, St.John's Medical College Hospital now has 24 full-fledged departments to provide specialty and super specialty services.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. John’s Hospital is the first unit to be established in the state of Karnataka. It is recognized as a tertiary referral centre for high risk pregnancy and for preterm care. It is a 36 bedded unit with 12 high dependency care beds catering to both inborn and out born babies. It is one of the units in the state to practice newer modes of ventilation, total parenteral nutrition, neurosensory screening and developmentally supportive care. The unit is well equipped with 7 ventilators, bubble CPAP machines, multichannel monitors, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps, T piece resuscitators, ABG machine, transport incubators, USG machine, Xray machine amongst other equipment.
The goal of the unit has not only been survival but intact and optimal survival of the extreme preterm babies. Towards this goal, it has been the first unit to start Retinopathy of Prematurity screening in the country, offering in house laser therapy and also the first unit to start universal hearing screening. It is a recognized centre for developmentally supportive care with an excellent outcome. The neonatal unit caters to all deliveries in the hospital. The average deliveries has progressively increased to an annual delivery rate of 2500. In view of the excellent results, the hospital has emerged as a referral centre for high risk pregnancies. The outpatient services includes specialized Neonatal follow up clinic on two afternoons a week in addition to three general clinics per week. The unit offers intensive care at affordable cost to the patient. With the help of Child for life fund and the hospital social work department, we are able to offer support to the deserving poor patients.
Care of the low birth weight babies is further improved in the last decade by the introduction of Kangaroo mother care which is the best comprehensive care for the low birth weight – in skin to skin contact with the mother. A special ward – KMC ward has also been created to provide KMC for these fragile babies.
On considering the trend of NICU admissions in the past decade, not only are the number of deliveries and NICU admissions increasing, the case mix is more high risk, requiring ventilation and highly specialized care. The Neonatal NICU has been awarded the BEST ICU award in our hospital for the past 3 consecutive years.