King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam

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King George Hospital
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Geography
Location Maharanipeta, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Organisation
Care system University Health Sciences
Hospital type General
Affiliated university Andhra Medical College
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 1237
History
Founded 1845

King George Hospital (shortly KGH) is a Government General Hospital located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. The hospital served the needs of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjacent Orissa for more than 150 years. Recently there is a proposal to change the name of KGH (King George Hospital) as Karamchand Gandhi Hospital.[citation needed]

History[edit]

It was started as civil dispensary in 1845 and upgraded into a 30 bedded hospital in 1857.The hospital's new building was inaugurated by Hon'ble Raja of Panagal, Chief Minister of Madras on July 19, 1923[citation needed]. It had 192 beds and by 1931-32 increased to 270 beds. These included Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Maternity, Venerology and Infectious Diseases. There were also the Out Patient Department, X-ray Department, Kitchen, Operation Theatre and Lecture Hall.

The Gynaecology and Maternity block with 40 beds was constructed in 1928. Construction works of the Ophthalmic Block with 80 beds was completed in 1932. The Out Patient (OP) block and Casualty was constructed in 1940. A Children's ward with 36 beds was constructed nearby in 1943 and later merged with the Gynaec block.

A new administrative block and the twin Operation Theatres and special ward was constructed in 1951. The need for expansion of the hospital gave rise to construction of the Bhavanagar Ward, which was later inaugurated by Shri Krishna Kumar Sinhji of Bhavnagar, then Governor of Madras in December, 1949.

The 'Rajendra Prasad Ward' was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, then President of India in August, 1955 and the 'Amrit Kaur Pediatric Block' was inaugurated by Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, then Union Minister of Health in January, 1956.

The new Cardiology Block with Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) was inaugurated in June, 1986 and subsequently, the first and second floors with the Open Heart Surgery Unit.

The 24-hour Clinical laboratory block was renovated in 1992. The Nuclear Medicine block, the first-of- its-kind in the State Government was opened on 8 October 1993.

The new 'STD Out Patient block' was inaugurated in November, 2000.

Affiliated hospitals[edit]

  1. Rani Chandramani Devi Hospital for Physically Handicapped
  2. Victoria Gosha Hospital for Women and Children
  3. Government Hospital for Mental Care
  4. Government hospital for Chest and TB diseases
  5. Dr. Rednam Surya Prasada Rao Regional Eye Hospital
  6. Regional Health Center at Simhachalam
  7. UGPHC at Subbavaram
  8. CHC at Aganapudi

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