Current Size: 95%
1. INHS Asvini is the first of all naval hospitals which, in 1756, started functioning in barracks as King’s Seamen Hospital for in- patients. In 1860 the octagonal building no. 3 (Hawa Mahal) was constructed as main ward of Bombay Marine Hospital.
In 1899 the main block (building no. 1), was constructed and building no. 26 (officers ward) was added on. It was on 18 September 1951 that Military Hospital, Colaba was commissioned into Navy and christened as INHS Asvini. With the growing need of greater patient care facilities and trained staff for the Hospital in the Navy, a Sick Berth School was established in July 1954 followed by a Dental Centre in 1961 and in February 1963 a Probationer Nurses School was also set up.
2. As the years passed by bed strength of INHS Asvini increased from 300 to 600 in 1966 and to 792 in 1976. In January 1977 Asvini was classified as a Command Hospital with a bed strength of 825.
3. In 1977 the hospital was upgraded to status of command hospital (825 beds). Till the early 90’s even though the hospital grew in size and capability, no concerted effort had been made to create suitable infrastructure for this flagship hospital of the Indian Navy.
Keeping in mind the burgeoning needs of this premiere tertiary care hospital that would serve its clientele well into the next century; a massive modernization project was undertaken. In May 1992 the Cabinet Committee of Parliamentary Affairs accorded approval for the modernization plans at an over all cost of Rs 136.6464 Crores.
In 1996, work started on the construction of a new building, while restoring the Heritage buildings to their pristine glory. The new building site was adjacent to the existing hospital, and due to Herculean efforts of the hospital staff, patient care was never compromised while the construction of the buildings and the subsequent shift to the new buildings took place.
Today as the work nears completion the entire naval community, especially those in Mumbai can be proud users of one of the best hospitals in India! Equipped with all state of the art patient care systems, 24x 7 online patient data management software, backed by a dedicated team of superspecialists and nursing staff, INHS Asvini from its humble beginning has truly become a shining jewel of the Armed Forces Medical Service.