Christian Medical College Vellore offers a huge range of different medical specialities, with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services, alongside primary and secondary level care for local communities. You can use the links on this page to explore the different departments and specialities available here. You can also find information about many other things that might concern you when you plan to come here for treatment, such as outpatient and in-patient services and payment options.
CMC has more than staff, including nearly 2000 doctors and nearly 3000 nurses. (Click here to look at the latest facts and figures). Most of these people are involved in providing medical care although they may also have teaching and research responsibilities. Almost every clinical speciality is catered for, and many departments are sub-divided into units each of which may have particular expertise in specific areas as well as providing services of a more general nature. For example the Division of Surgery is further broken down into seven units specializing in Head and Neck Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colorectal etc. CMC is particularly well known for certain departments such as Neurosciences, Gasteroenterology and Haematology (where it is a national leader in the treatment of rare blood disorders and bone marrow transplantation). However it also gives high importance to less prominent specialities such as Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Developmental Paediatrics and Palliative Care. Ophthalmology and Psychiatry departments are located on different campuses, as is the Rehabilitation Institute.
There are 106 wards including 11 ICUs and 6 HDUs. About 76% of the beds are in general wards and are subsidised to reduce the financial burden on patients. There are 39 major operation theatres and a further 14 facilities for minor procedures. An average of 185 operations are carried out each day. Diagnostic services are provided in house by the Radiology Department, Nuclear Medicine and the Laboratories. Radiology reporting is through a filmless digital system (PACS), enabling doctors to view X-rays and scans on any computer on the network. All laboratory test results are also available through the hospital intranet, as part of the “clinical workstation” hospital information system. The Clinical Biochemistry Department at CMC carries out a huge number of daily tests but also provides a quality control service at very low cost to over 2,600 smaller hospitals. This is an extremely valuable service helping laboratories with limited facilities maintain accurate standards and improve the quality of their results. Each month freeze dried samples are sent to the labs who test them and submit their results. CMC analyses their results and gives feedback by email.