TLM Salur Hospital

Andhra Pradesh

TLM Salur Hospital (TLM Philadelphia Community Hospital)


TLM Salur Hospital was established in the year 1906.

Rev. Paul Schulze, a German Lutheran Missionary, one day saw a man hiding his hands and feet, and when Rev. Paul asked him what had happened, the man said that he had leprosy. Rev. Paul offered him a place in his compound and built a hut for him. Soon the news spread and other leprosy patients came looking for help. But soon the Rev. Paul’s savings were exhausted.

The Mission to Lepers (now, The Leprosy Mission Trust India) offered to build an asylum for the patients. Rev. Paul visited Purulia (where the Mission to Lepers had a leprosy home) to learn about running an asylum. Finally, an asylum was built in Jeegaram near Salur, in 1906. The present hospital in Salur was built in 1972, and the central and state governments recognised the hospital as a referral centre for treating leprosy, in 1973.

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


The hospital offers healthcare services and treatments for the following medical specialties:

  • Leprosy Treatment and Management
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Counselling Therapy
  • Dentistry


Outpatient Care

  • 20, 639 OPD consultations provided, with 19% for leprosy.

Inpatient Care

The hospital has a 60-bedded (40 for leprosy and 20 for general) inpatient wing and provides best inpatient facility with 24-hour nursing care and latest equipment.

  • 1,442 patients admitted, of which 31% were leprosy patients.
  • 15,444 bed days utilised, of which 82% were for leprosy.


  • 253 rehabilitation surgeries done.
  • 342 eye surgeries, including 340 cataract surgeries done.
  • 41 general surgeries done.

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

  • 39,300 lab tests, including 917 skin smear examinations and 38,383 other tests done.
  • 1,068 X-ray imaging, 388 ECG, and 123 ultrasound scans done.
  • 110 patients counselled.

Prevention of impairment and disability (POID) in leprosy

The hospital provides patient education, physiotherapy, pre-fabricated splints, MCR protective footwear, etc, to leprosy patients to prevent impairment and disability.

  • 17 leprosy patients diagnosed with reaction/neuritis given inpatient treatment.
  • 359 leprosy patients admitted for ulcer management, and 157 ulcer debridement procedures done.
  • 424 pairs of MCR protective footwear manufactured and supplied to hospital patients.

Community outreach

The hospital has a community outreach programme in schools and tribal villages. This is done through networking with the government and other NGOs. The hospital supports people affected by leprosy and members of marginalised communities and tribals in accessing government social welfare schemes for education, economic development, healthcare, housing, insurance, livelihood pension, etc.

A total of 5,025 patients were seen through hospital outreach activities.

Contact Details

Mr Surjit Pal, Superintendent
TLM Philadelphia Community Hospital
Salur, Vizianagaram district
Andhra Pradesh – 535 591

Phone: +91 8964 252320/242470

How to Get There

By air: The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam airport, 110 km away from the hospital.

By train: The nearest railway station is Salur railway station, 1.5 km from the hospital.