Kochi: Aster Medcity has launched Centre for Brain Tumours and Skull Base Surgery on Monday as part of its plans to shift from speciality directed approach to illness specific approach. According to the hospital authorities, the shift to illness specific approach will make it easier for the patients to seek treatment for their ailments and referring physicians to direct their patients to seek appropriate care.
The centre was inaugurated by patients, who underwent brain tumour surgeries, along with Dr. Dilip Panikar, Senior Consultant, Neurosurgery, Aster Medcity. The patients also shared their experiences on the occasion.
At present patients are expected to be aware of which department or physician would be optimal to manage their particular illness. The new shift is expected to be highly beneficial for the patients and ease their hospital visits. “We are in the process of organizing Neurosciences Specialities, which comprises Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuropsychology departments, into a series of centers specific for the management of illnesses. They will be broad ranging and comprise a number of different specialities, physicians and services necessary to manage a specific illness,” said Dr. Dilip Panikar, Senior Consultant Neurosurgery, Aster Medcity.
Brain tumour management presently involves a number of different specialities for optimal outcomes. The newly launched Centre for Brain tTumours and Skull Base Surgery will bring all these specialities to the patient and facilitate coordinated care in a seamless manner, which will put patients and their families at ease and help allay unnecessary anxiety.
The launch of the Centre for Brain Tumours and Skull Base Surgery will be followed by a series of centers which will progressively be launched over the coming months. The hospital authorities claimed that having a dedicated center will facilitate cutting edge research in areas like imaging, advanced molecular diagnostics, therapeutic strategies and strives to improve outcome of the patients. The support groups formed under the centres will bring together caregivers and patients from across the spectrum provide them a platform where they can communicate with each other exchange their views.