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Kolkata hospital launches air ambulance service

By The Assam Tribune

Kolkata, Aug 8 (IANS): The Medica Superspeciality Hospital here on Sunday launched an air evacuation and consulting service for patients in various cities in West Bengal and other States including upto Uttar Pradesh in the north and Tripura in the Northeast.

A four-seater SkyHawk plane, to be used for the purpose, has already arrived in the city, the hospital said in a release.

The service will cover Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow and Kanpur, Bihar's Patna, Gaya, Darbhanga, Jharkhand's Ranchi and, Jamshedpur, West Bengal's Behala, Coochbehar, Jhargram, Medinapur and Bagdogra, Assam's Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat and Silchar and Tripura's Agartala.

"The SkyHawk can be deployed in such cases to pick-up the patient and one relative for transportation to Medica Superspeciality Hospital. A Medica ambulance will receive them at airport and bring them to the hospital. If the patient cannot be airlifted, then Medica will fly a doctor (cardiologist/neurologist, as the requirement may be) to see the patient at his location," it said.

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