Philip Hospital to expand with Rs 500 million
Philip Hospital Kalutara would invest nearly Rs. 500 million for
several hospital related development projects this year. This includes a
new hospital in Nagoda in proximity to the Southern Highway.
Chairperson, Philip hospital, Indrani Fernando said that they are
targeting the new hospital to cater to increasing quality medical needs
in the area including the highway. “We are hoping to have 15 beds, mini
theater and emergency service and also channeling and testing
She said that the construction has already commenced in a newly
purchased 20 perch land and they hope to open the hospital in August
this year. She said that the two floor hospital under the first phase
would create over 70 employment opportunities.
The total investment for this project would be in the excess of Rs.
30 million. She said that profits generated within the company would be
invested while they also hope to borrow 60 %.
The family owned hospital is also looking at a comprehensive nursing
school in both Kalutara and in Jaffna. “We have observed that there are
many women still going overseas for unskilled ‘jobs’ for lower salaries.
What we want to do is teach young women with in- house on the job
training and then allow them to gain foreign employment.
The experience they gained from Philip hospital and the
internationally recognized certificate would allow them find high paying
‘jobs’ in both the Gulf as well as in Europe and would help to bring in
more foreign exchange to the country.”
The proposed Philip hospital in Nagoda
She said that they would be training the nurses free of charge and
would also provide them with a monthly allowance. The hospital hopes to
tie up with a partner in Jaffna to introduce hospital staff training
service in Jaffna as well. Asked if they have plans to open a hospital
in Jaffna she answered in the negative.
Commenting on their Kalutara hospital development she said that they
had also acquired the adjoining building and today they have several
medical equipment and facilities which are only available outside
Colombo. These include laparoscopic surgery, advanced eye surgery,
digital x-ray, 24 hour emergency and pharmacy and many similar features
including 8 ICU beds. “We would also be upgrading our laboratory
facilities and would add 25 more ‘beds’ by the end of 2013.
She said that they would also launch medical tourism packages mainly
to the European and the Maldives market. “We would be mainly targeting
the dental, medical check ups and eye treatment packages to this
segment,” she said.
She added that they had already had successful discussions with
hoteliers in the area in this regard.
She said that today the health sector is very competitive and
lamented that advanced equipment is very expensive in Sri Lanka than
overseas. She also said that there is also a lack of consultant doctors.