Tata Memorial's new facility in Navi Mumbai to be ready by 2020
Once complete and functional, the total capacity between the hospital in Parel and ACTREC will be about 1,800 beds | via Commons By 2020, Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel will have moved a bulk of its operations to its new 60- acre facility ACTREC (Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer) in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The new facility will have five new towers and a capacity of 900 beds by January 2020, easing the burden of the over-burdened Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel, besides adding significantly to the existing capacity in the public sector for the treatment of cancer patients. Once complete and functional, the total capacity between the hospital in Parel and ACTREC will be about 1,800 beds, director of the centre Dr. Sudeep Gupta said. "At present, ACTREC has 120 beds, and for the past many years we have been catering to the residents of Navi Mumbai as well as to those patients coming from the city and outside of it. But we have a number of projects which are as of now under construction which will add immensely to the existing infrastructural capacity," he added. The first project will be a thirteen storey building, called 'patient dharamshala,' which will essentially be a hostel for the relatives of the patients, with a capacity to hold 300 families. The second will be the radiological research unit, an eight-floor facility which will make it possible to undertake treatment using Radioisotopes. Radioisotopes is a new technology, a form of nuclear medicine which was hitherto used only in scanning devices such as PET scans. But now, ACTREC will also use the technology for treating patients. The third will be the hadron beam facility which is an advanced particle beam radiotherapy technique that is new in India—the only other kind of it in the country at present is at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, which is not yet commissioned. The fourth facility is a separate thirteen-floor building to treat children suffering from leukemia. There is also the next ground plus eight-floor building which is a women's and children wing for the treatment of women with solid tumours. While some of these facilities are CSR projects, others are funded by the department of atomic energy. Over 70 per cent of the patients coming to ACTREC, which will be an integrated diagnostic, treatment and research facility, will be treated for free, following the model at Tata Hospital in Parel. "It will be a self-sufficient facility, which will treat almost all children referred to Tata memorial," Dr. Gupta said.