Current Size: 95%
INHS Patanjali, located at Karwar in the Uttar Kannada District of Karnataka, was planned as an integral part of the Naval Base and has its origins in a small MI Room near Baithkal Mess. On 11 Feb 05, the medical facility was shifted to INS Kadamba and was renamed ‘Naval Hospital Karwar’ with a Commanding Officer designate of the rank of Surgeon Captain. In the meanwhile, construction of the hospital building complex proceeded in the Sankrubagh area along NH-17. NH Karwar shifted to this new complex on 20 Mar 06. The Hospital was commissioned as INHS Patanjali by the then DGAFMS, Surg V Adm VK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, PHS, DGMS (Navy) on 26 Dec 06. Surg Capt CB Chikkana was the first Commanding Officer. Its present Commanding Officer is Surg Capt A Bhagra, VSM.
Release of INHS Patanjali Commissioning Brochure by then DGAFMS, Surg Vice Adm VK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, PHS, on the day of Commissioning - 26 Dec 06
Hospital Crest and Name
The Hospital crest depicts the mythological sage Patanjali who was half snake-half human, sitting in a meditative posture. Blue waves are depicted in the lower portion of the crest signifying the Naval context. The hospital is named after the sage who is said to have lived more than 2000 years ago and was a renowned scholar and philosopher known for his treatises on grammar, promotion of healthy living and preserving the serenity and purity of mind through yoga.
Growth and Modernization
Commissioned as a 141 bedded hospital with a floor spread of 17,000 square metres, it has specialists in the fields of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Anaesthesiology, Paediatrics and Dental Surgery. The hospital has modern facilities for outpatients, four modern Operating Theatres, a well designed ICU as well as associated medical facilities. Support facilities like the automated laundry and a well equipped galley add to the comforts of patients. Expansion plans to accommodate 400 beds have been factored in designing the present structure.
The Hospital provides comprehensive medical cover to the service personnel and their dependents posted in the Naval Base as well as ex-servicemen and their dependents in and around Karwar. In addition, it is involved with outreach programmes and providing aid to civil authorities in settings of mass disasters or natural calamities.
In addition to its professional role, the hospital has launched a massive tree plantation drive and is actively involved in spreading the message of ecological conservation through schools and the families.