TLM Vadathorasalur Hospital
ABOUT THE HOSPITAL
TLM Vadathorasalur Hospital was established in the year 1916.
Danish missionaries started a leprosy home in Vadathorasalur, in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, in 1916, with an annual grant of Rs 1,200 from Debendernath Mullick, a philanthropist in Kolkata. The Mission to Lepers (now, The Leprosy Mission Trust India) took over the leprosy home in 1925. It was converted into a hospital in 1949.
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
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Counselling Therapy
- 34,919 OPD consultations provided, with 8% for leprosy.
The hospital has a 20-bedded (15 for leprosy and 5 for general) inpatient wing and provides best inpatient facility with 24-hour nursing care and latest equipment.
- 397 patients admitted, of which 90% were leprosy patients.
- 5,400 bed days utilised, of which 96% were for leprosy.
- 113 rehabilitation surgeries done.
Support services (lab tests; X-ray, ECG, counselling):
- 11,139 lab tests, including 454 skin smear examinations and 10,685 other tests done.
- 29 ECG done.
- 914 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.
- 4 leprosy patients diagnosed with reaction/neuritis given inpatient treatment.
- 254 leprosy patients admitted for ulcer management, and 69 ulcer debridement procedures done.
- 62 pairs of MCR protective footwear manufactured and supplied to hospital patients.
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 805 patients were seen through hospital outreach activities.
Dr Helen Roberts, Medical Superintendent
The Leprosy Mission Hospital
Kallakurichi Taluk & District
Tamil Nadu – 606 206
Phone: +91 4151 290512
Mobile: +91 6369147967
How to Get There
By Air: The nearest airport is Chennai airport, 240 km from the hospital (4 hours by road).
By Train: The nearest railway station is Chennai Central Railway station, 250 km from the hospital.
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