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Christian Medical College and Hospital Vellore (CMC Vellore)

“Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.” ? Linda Hogan

"You will be alright" --- These are the golden words every patient yearns to hear. A medical institution where these words come easy is Christian Medical College and Hospital, commonly referred to as CMC,Vellore (135 kms. from Chennai and 200 kms. from Bangalore). The hospital stands as a testimony for the spirit of service and excellence. This is the reason why patients from all parts of India and abroad reach Vellore everyday in the hope of specialized treatment. And rightly so.

Various departments of the hospital function from the main building except for Ophthalmology department, Psychiatric department and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department. A day in the hospital commences and  concludes with worship in the hospital Chapel for patients, doctors, sisters and other paramedical staff.

Address of CMC, Vellore:

Christian Medical College and Hospital
25, Arcot Road,Sathuvachari,
Vellore, Tamil Nadu,632004
Vellore-632004, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: +(91)- 04172 2222102, (0416) 228 2040
E-mail: pro@cmcvellore.ac.in

Founder of CMC, Vellore

Ida S.Scudder
The founder of CMC, Vellore was Dr. Ida S. Scudder, an American  physician, who brought health care and research to this small fort city in 1900. The Government of India issued a commemorative stamp on 12th August, 2000 in her honour. The motto of the hospital, given by its founder Dr.Ida Scudder, is this: 'Not to be ministered unto but to minister' (based on Matthew 20:28) --- King James Version (KJV).

Dr.Sunil Chandy is the present Director of CMC, Vellore. Well wishers and patients who were treated in CMC have joined together to form 'Friends of Vellore Organization'.

Faith of patients, the underlying motto of service, specialization and expertise of doctors and paramedical staff go a long way to make CMC, Vellore a sought after treatment centre. Did you hear 'refer' and lo! the patient takes a train to Vellore! In fact, this fort city of Vellore is on the forefront in the field of Medical Tourism.

Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation
475 Riverside Dr., Ste. 725
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 800.875.6370 or   212-870-2640
Fax: 212-870-2173
E-mail: foundation@vellorecmc.org

CMC, Vellore: Achievements

There are  67 wards, 92 clinics each day, 39 major operation theatres and 18 minor ones and 121 departments or units in this hospital. The hospital has the credit of being the first in India in various disciplines. To mention a few of them --- establishing India's first college of nursing (1946), first reconstructive surgery on leprosy patients (1948), first Neurological Sciences Department in South Asia (1948),first Open Heart Surgery (1961), first Middle-ear Microsurgery (1961), first Rehabilitation Institute (1966), first Kidney Transplant (1971), first Bone Marrow Transplant (1986), first carotid bifurcation stenting procedure (1996), first trans-septal carotid stenting procedure in the world (1996), first trans-jugular mitral valvuloplasty procedure in the world (1996) and first ABO Incompatible Renal Transplant in India (2009).

Peripheral Facilities in CMC, Vellore

The Public Relation Department is at the entrance of the main hospital building. They help you in finding accommodation or any other help you may require. A booklet 'A Guide to the Christian Medical College, Vellore' is also available at the main reception. It guides you about how to get appointment, location of various departments, banks and ATMs around the campus etc.

There are two main campuses --- the main campus is in the heart of Vellore city and the other is in Bagayam, 7 kms. from the main campus.

Out-Patient or OP Block

There is a help desk right in the Vellore station to assist the patients who come from faraway places. At the OPD reception too, there are volunteers for guidance. There are 'May I help you' desks at various places as well as the social worker in the OPD.

The Centenary Block

This Block is also called Ida Sophia Scudder Centenary Centre - ISSCC For Women & Children. All facilities related to treatment of women and children under various departments, are provided here. These include out-patient clinics, in-patient beds, operation theatres and surgical beds pertaining to Paediatric Surgery, Obstetrics, Reproductive medicine, Neonatology, Child Health and Developmental Paediatrics departments. This Centenary Block is on the main hospital campus, behind OPD Block (where out-patients are seen).

Main Hospital Block

This is the main hospital building with in-patient wards, chapel, administrative departments. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation OPD is next to Casualty department (emergency services) and has its own OPD Block.

Xerox and Library

Patients can make use of the facility of Xerox machine for Photocopying which is available at CODES in the Centenary Block, ISSCC. Patients and their families can make use of the Chaplaincy library and Mobile library.

The Chaplaincy Department

The chaplains visit patients and pray for them. They also counsel them to keep faith that they will be alright. Patients can ask for Holy Communion for the patient.

  • E-mail: appointments@cmcvellore.ac.in
  • Phone: (0416) 2288000, (0416) 3078000
  • Booking appointments for Repeat Patients (who have a hospital number) can call Call Centre directly Phone: (0416) 2288000, (0416) 3078000.
  • CMC online booking for appointment https://clin.cmcvellore.ac.in/index.asp

CMC Vellore

How to Reach CMC, Vellore

By Train

Patients reach here by train as there is no commercial airport in Vellore. Chennai Airport is the nearest international airport. If you have boarded a Broad gauge train, you should get off at Katpadi Junction. CMC, Vellore is 10 kms. from here and you can hire a taxi or an auto to reach the hospital. Taxi will charge you INR 150, auto will charge you INR 40 and cycle rickshaw will charge INR 30.

The hospital is just half a kilometre from the main bus stand. So, you can also board on Number 1 and Number 2 Town buses from Katpadi Railway station and reach the main hospital. These buses also go to Bagayam campus where CMC Shell Eye hospital and Mental Health Institute ate located.

If you are travelling by meter gauge train (Villupuram-Tirupathi Line), you should get off at Vellore Cantonment station which is only 1.6 kms. from the main hospital campus.

By Bus

Some patients reach Chennai and ten board a bus for Vellore from New Bus Stand in Koyambedu. Many buses are available every 20 minutes and it takes 3-4 hours to reach Vellore. If you take a cab straight to Vellore from Chennai Airport, it will cost you INR 1500 and will be a 4 hours journey to Vellore.

Community Programmes by CMC

Department of Community Health, established in 1957, organises various community health programmes by CMC. These community health programmes include:
  • Community Health And Development (CHAD) which serves in collaboration with a Community Hospital in Bagayam.
  • Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA) --- located in KV Kuppam Block, 25 kms. from Vellore and a 70-bed secondary health care centre.
  • College of Nursing Community Health (CONCH) which organizes exhibitions, street plays, health camps to make people aware  about their health and also implements Government health schemes for benefit of local population.
  • Low Cost Effective Care Unit (LCECU) which is involved with rehabilitation and cost effective health care.

Health workers, Public health teams and socio-development worksrs serve tribal and rural people in areas in and around Kaniyambadi Block with 82 villages, Jawadhi Hills with 120 villages, Kansalpet, Saidapet, Sreenivasanagar, and Kagithapattarai.

Departments in CMC

Clinical Services and Departments in CMC include Accident and Emergency, Anaesthesia, Biochemistry (Bagayam campus), Anatomy, Bioengineering, Bio statistics, Cardiology,  Cardiothoracic Surgery, Child Health, Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Virology, Community Health And Development, Cytogenetics, Dental and Oral Surgery, Dermatology, Developmental Pediatrics, Diagnostic Radiology And Imaging, E.N.T, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Pathology, Geriatrics, Hematology, HLRS-Hand & Leprosy Reconstructive Surgery

There are many more departments such as Medical Genetics, Medical Oncology, Medicine, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosciences, Nuclear Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Pediatric Surgery.

Pediatric Surgery Department in CMC, Vellore

E-mail: paedsur@cmcvellore.ac.in
Phone: (0416) 2283369

More departments include Physiology, Plastic Surgery, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation,  Psychiatry, Pulmonary Medicine, Radiotherapy, Reproductive Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Centre For Stem Cell Research, Transfusion Medicine And Immuno-haematology, Surgery And Urology.

Accommodation in CMC, Vellore

The CMC Annexe (in CMC Campus), provides accommodation for patients and relatives who have to stay here for a long duration for treatment. These rooms come with double beds and attached toilet and bathroom. To get accommodation, you should contact CMC Annexe Manager 6 weeks in advance. For very poor patients accommodation at nominal costs is provided in the Chatram at CMC.

Ambulance Facility in CMC, Vellore

Ambulance facility is provided to all patients. Only one relative is allowed (ID wrist band is provided) with each patient in OPD and in-patient areas to avoid overcrowding. Wheel Chairs and Stretchers are available near Centenary Block (ISSCC Building) and at Main Reception.

The Sub Post Office is situated in the main campus and provides regular postal services. Patients can use their own mobile phones in the hospital.

Lodges and Guest Houses near CMC, Vellore

Divya guest house
Babu Rao Street, Opposite Sathya Residency,
Gandhi Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 4203359

CRPS guest house
No 45/2, Sukkiyavadiyar Street,
Opposite Gurusaidev Tours & Travels,
Gandhi Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 2221017

AS Guest House
62/46, T.P.K. Mansion,
Babu Rao Street, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 4300339

Hotel AVP International Lodge
16, Arni Road, Bagayam, Vellore-632002
Phone: (0416) 226 2199

Hotel Gayathri
22, Babu Rao Street, Vellore-4
Phone: 2228614, 2227714, 2227814

Hotel Gokul
116, Ida Scudder Road Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 2222454

Hotel Mohan Mansion
12 Beri Pakkali Street,
Gandhi Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 222 2083, (0416) 420 1658

Hotel Palace Lodge Annexe
5, K.V.S. Chetty Street Vellore - 632001
Phone: (0416) 2211715

Hotel Lingham Residency
Opp. CMC Hospital,
Ida Scudder Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 222 0971

Hotel Sri Krishna Residency
GPH Road, Vellore-632001
Phone: (0416) 222 1374, (0416) 222 7495

Hotel VDM Lodge
13/1 Beri Bakkali Street,
Phone: (0416) 222 4008

Hotel Venus Lodge
24 Long Bazaar, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 222 1424

Hotel Venus Lodge Annexe
162 Long Bazaar, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 222 1766

Hotel Park Avenue
3, 1st Main Road, (Opposite Circuit House),
Anna Nagar, Vellore-632001
Phone: (0416) 222 0799

Aavana Inn
Opp. CMC Hospital,
Ida Scudder Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: (0416) 2228935, (0416) 222 8936

Ananda Bhavan
Arni Road, opp. Mental Health Centre,
Bagayam, Vellore-632002
Phone: (0416) 2265469, (0416) 2266770

Hotel Surabi International
33, Officers Line, Vellore-632001
Phone: (0416) 223 3576, (0416) 2216199

New VDM Guest House
Opp. Vellore Bus Stand,
Katpadi Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: 099 94 086014
Bethel Guest House
Lathif Basha Street,
Near New Swamy Mansion,
Gandhi Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: 0416 222 9758

Golden Guest House
No. 53/54, Bangalore Road,
Opposite I O B Bank, Bangalore Road,
Phone: 0416 600 0222

Divya Guest House
Babu Rao Street, Opposite Sathya Residency,
Gandhi Road, Vellore-632004
Phone: 0416 223 5974

Banks near CMC, Vellore

Central Bank of India, State Bank of India (Vellore Town Branch) Code 1618, State Bank of Travancore (main campus) and Central Bank of India (main campus). ATM facilities are available inside the main campus and in Bagayam.

SBI Fax: 0416 2222188 SBI
SBI Phone: (0416) 222 0770, (0416) 222 1538
ICICI Phone: 0416 222 1334

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