West Bengal

TLM Kolkata Hospital
(TLM Premananda Memorial Leprosy Hospital)

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British rule from 1773–1911. Kolkata is known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and cultural festivals.

The healthcare system in Kolkata consists of 48 government hospitals and 366 private medical establishments. These establishments provide the city with 27,687 hospital beds. For every 10,000 people in the city, there are 61.7 hospital beds, which is higher than the national average of 9 hospital beds per 10,000.


TLM Kolkata Hospital was established in the year 1986.  

This hospital was started by Rev. Premananda Ananth Nath Sen, a Hindu convert, as a treatment centre for leprosy sufferers, on a corner of a Christian cemetery in Kolkata. The Oxford Mission which ran the clinic after the death of Rev. Sen handed over the clinic to The Leprosy Mission Trust India which had started a leprosy control unit in Kolkata in 1980, working from rented premises. The hospital building was built in 1986. It is recognised as a referral hospital for leprosy-related complications by the government, private medical practitioners, and other NGOs.

The facilities provided by the hospital include out-patient facilities, in-patient facilities, operating theatre, laboratory services, ECG services, X-ray services, counselling, physiotherapy, pharmacy, MCR protective footwear and artificial limbs.

Goal of the hospital

The hospital aims to address the health and development issues of people affected by leprosy and other marginalised communities in Kolkata, through:

  • Providing tertiary-level leprosy care.
  • Providing specialised healthcare through hospital-based and community outreach services.
  • Strengthening the referral system in Kolkata.
  • Working in collaboration with the government, NGOs, and corporates for the development of people affected by leprosy and other marginalised communities.
  • Raising general awareness about leprosy for early detection and stigma reduction.



Outpatient Inpatient
The hospital provides holistic care for the following specialities:

  • leprosy treatment and management
  • dermatology
  • general medicine
  • general physiotherapy
  • general surgery
  • ophthalmology
  • reconstructive surgery

In 2015, 8,500 general consultations were provided, with:

  • 25% leprosy
  • 45% dermatology
  • 6% general medicine
The hospital has a 30-bedded in-patient wing that provides best inpatient facility with 24-hour nursing care and latest equipment. Patients are admitted mainly for:

  • leprosy (eye care, ulcer, surgery, lepra reaction and neuritis, etc) – 340 patients were admitted in 2015.
  • general medicine – 180 patients.

About 7,500 leprosy bed days and 900 general patient bed days were utilised.






Support services (lab tests, X-ray, ECG, physiotherapy, counselling):

  • 3,700 lab tests, including 390 skin smear examinations for leprosy, 1,300 haematology tests and 1,400 biochemistry tests done in 2015.
  • 175 patients underwent physiotherapy.
  • 2,000 leprosy patients counselled.

Prevention of impairment and disability (POID) in leprosy:

The hospital works for prevention of impairment and disability through patient education, physiotherapy, providing MCR protective footwear, etc, to leprosy patients:

In 2015:

  • 46 leprosy patients diagnosed with reaction/neuritis were given appropriate treatment.
  • 77 ulcer surgeries done.
  • 3,600 pairs of MCR protective footwear manufactured in-house supplied to leprosy patients and to the government.
  • 85 orthoses manufactured at the artificial limbs manufacturing unit supplied to leprosy patients.


Community outreach:

The hospital has a community outreach programme through which it takes healthcare to the needy in the community. It also has a programme to empower persons from marginalised communities so that they can claim their rights and entitlements. More than 1,300 people were benefitted in 2015.