The pediatric department of Sooriya Hospitals was inaugurated in the month of August 2005 with a humble beginning of 20 Beds inclusive of 3 high dependency unit beds. The department was headed by Dr. V.V. Varadarajan who is known for his sincerity and teaching skills and is ably supported by his duty bound and well mannered registrars.There is also a round the clock emergency service available in the form pediatric trained doctors either DCH or MD who are available to tackle any emergency like Status epilepticus, Acute severe asthma and Dengue shock syndrome.
The unit has a general ward of 5 beds which are also provided with central Oxygen and suction facilities apart from 4 single rooms which are air conditioned. The HDU is well equipped with pulse oximeter, Heart Rate, NIBP, Heart rate monitor, Infusion pumps and measured volume sets to give calculated boluses and drug infusions which are very critical in the care of young children.
The unit has done well with help of famous visiting consultants. Dr. Premkumar, Dr. Duraiarasan, Dr. Kamalakannan, Dr. Ehilarasi, Dr. Asokan, Dr. NATESAN THYAGARAJAN DCH, MRCPCH (UK), CCST(UK) and Dr. Ilaya Raja with admissions increasing every year (totalling 1200/year) and the general OP seen by the duty pediatricians has also increased considerably.
The number of out patient service has increased to nearly 2500 / per month. There is an immunization clinic which is run through out the day and all through the year, where cold chain is maintained meticulously. Super Specialists Services are available for the last one year with the following visiting consultants being available on call
- Dr. M.S. Ranjith- Pediatric Cardiologist
- Dr. Vijay Sekaran- Pulmonologist
- Dr. Srinivas - Gastro Enterologist
- Dr. K. Pandian - Neurologist
- Dr. R. Varadarajan - Haemotologist
- Dr. S. Ramakrishnan - Rheumatologist
- Dr. Balakumar - ENT Specialist
- Dr. Ramkumar - Dermatologist
The surgical cases are managed by the skillful scalpel of Dr. S. Balagopal with excellent anasthetic assistance being provided by Dr. Srinivasan. The number of children getting operated has crossed 500 / year.Inauguration of the Paediatric Pulmonology
Cerebral palsy children are getting the benefit from the hands of Dr. Venkataramanan, our Orthopaetic Surgeon who is an expert in soft tissue release, tendon transfers and joint replacements. Plastic surgical facility is taken care of by Dr. Jayaraman.
Fortnightly CME programmes are held covering topics of practical importance between 2.30 and 3.30 pm on alternate Thursdays which are attended by Pediatricians and General Practitioners in and around Saligramam, Virugambakkam, Valasaravakkam and Vadapalani.
With the able guidance and generous nature of our Managing Director, Dr. C.P. Sreekumar, plans are already on the anvil for the creation of eight bedded PICU -with all the state of art facilities for managing pediatric emergencies including ventilation.
Deluxe wards with private telephone and television, a good reference Library with internet facility will be available by the end of this year (2008) which will make the Pediatric division of Sooriya Hospital eligible for admitting candidates desirous of taking National Board Examinations in Pediatrics for which we have applied to the National Board. Blue Prints are already available for the creation of a pediatric pulmonology sub division of Sooriya Hospital by June 2008 which will be ably managed by Dr. V.V. Varadarajan (will take care of the Asthma Clinic and Spirometry) with the guidance of the famous pulmonologist Dr. Venugopal who already runs a cystic Fibrosis laboratory in the premises, apart from heading the department of Pulmonology. Fibreoptic and rigid bronchoscopies will be ably managed by Dr. Vijayasekaran and Dr. Balakumar - respectively
Last but not the least, services of well trained staff nurses who are experts in practical pediatric nursing like starting IV lines, NG aspiration and catheterisation under the guidance of sisters. Mary and Mumtaz are available round the clock which has won the appreciation and patronage of parents of sick children admitted in the hospital.
As there is a nursing school attached to Sooriya Hospital - on going programmes for training of nurses in the paediatric subspeciality is being contemplated. 24 hrs laboratory and radiology facilities are available (including CT Scan) in the premises.