Expansions of Gastrointestinal services offered by Hemas Hospitals-Wattala

17th June‘14:
Hemas Hospitals, the only internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka, expands its gastrointestinal services by introducing a walk-in clinic for diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal problems. This facility, the first of its kind by a Sri Lankan hospital, is available at its Wattala branch.

The walk-in-clinic provides patients of Hemas Hospitals-Wattala free health examination throughout weekdays with a well-trained panel of medical officers attending to diagnosing patients. The clinic will be open for patients from 9a.m. to 3p.m. during weekdays and on Saturdays.

Hemas Hospitals launched its fully-fledged, state-of-the-art gastrointestinal centre (GI centre) at its Wattala branch in January this year. This unit has the capability of diagnosing and treating patients for a wide range of gastrointestinal issues and has shown growth over 40%, ever since its launch, in terms of referrals made by patients.

The GI centre attached to Hemas Hospitals – Wattala is the only hospital in Sri Lanka that is capable of carrying out advanced PH capsule study, a precise diagnosis method used to check acid levels in the oesophagus.

Expressing satisfaction over treatment received from Hemas Hospitals GI centre, Niroshani Gamage, 41years, from Negombo said, “I got to know about the PH capsule study test when I visited Hemas Hospitals for severe gastritis and heartburn issue. The doctor, who checked, directed me to the GI unit and there, I had to undergo a PH capsule study. The outcome of the test was extremely helpful for the doctor to precisely diagnose the case and prescribe medication. I am, now, on a different treatment schedule, revised based on the test results. I feel much better now and my situation is fast improving.”

Dr. Samanthi de Silva, General Manager & Head of Medical Services, Hemas Hospitals-Wattala, commenting about the expansion of its GI centre at Wattala said, “Our main intention is to provide a comprehensive treatment package for all those who suffer from obesity and gastrointestinal diseases. There is a close relationship identified between obesity and gastrointestinal diseases which is also proven clinically. Therefore, our GI unit commenced its new addition – a weight reduction clinic conducted by a well-trained team including medical officers, gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliay surgeons and physicians.”

In addition, GI centre at Hemas Hospitals-Wattala provides endoscopy facilities; including hassle free capsular endoscopy, ERCP and surgical treatment facilities for all related gastrointestinal issues. Many patients who undergo surgery at Wattala benefit from minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that leaves a small scar and helps them to return to normal work in a shorter time. Further, walk-in-patients for the clinic can consult specialists, gastrointestinal surgeons and physicians for advanced diagnosis as well.

Hemas Hospitals is a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates with a focus on 5 key sectors of FMCG, healthcare, transportation, leisure and power generation.