Combined Military Hospital Lahore
The Combined Military Hospital Lahore is the largest tertiary care teaching hospital operated by the Pakistan Army. Its primary function is to provide specialized medical treatment to Armed forces personnel, their dependents (immediate families), as well as the general public. It is headed by a Brigadier from the Army Medical Corps of the Pakistan Army.
|Combined Military Hospital Lahore|
|Part of Pakistan Army Hospitals|
|Hospital type||Teaching Military Hospital|
|Commandant||Brig Amir Bin Tahir|
|Affiliations||CMH Lahore Medical And Dental College, PMDC, NUMS, HULS, CPSP|
|Network||Combined Military Hospitals|
|Emergency department||Level II Trauma Center|
|Founded||1854 (As British Military Hospital)|
|First Commandant||Lt Col H.M. Salamat Ullah (MC)|
|Lists||Hospitals in Pakistan|
|Other links||List of hospitals in Lahore|
The hospital was established in 1854 as a British Military Hospital (BMH) by the British military as a specialized treatment center for British officers serving in the subcontinent. In 1927, the British military raised another hospital nearby named the Indian Military Hospital (IMH). The BMH and IMH served as treatment facilities for British troops and Indian troops serving the British respectively. It was not until 1943 that the British decided to amalgamate both hospitals into one contiguous unit (primarily due to administrative issues), and named it the Combined Military Hospital.
In 1947, after Pakistan's Independence, the Combined Military Hospital was handed over to the Pakistan Army. It was a 200-bed hospital at that time. The need for increasing medical facilities and the increasing population mandated several expansions of the hospital.
In 1982, its capacity was increased to 800 beds and was upgraded to a Class A hospital. It saw further expansion in 2004 with the addition of 200 more beds, increasing its capacity to 1000 beds. It is currently undergoing another expansion project which will be completed in 2020 and will overhaul the current hospital with the addition of 250 more beds.
Being a Class A hospital, it serves as the principal medical hospital for armed forces personnel in the Lahore region. Although, the hospital's primary task is to cater military officers, soldiers, and their families; it provides equal healthcare facilities to civilians.
Some of the specialized healthcare units available in the hospital are:
- Trauma center
- Department of Medicine
- Department of Gastroenterology
- Department of Pulmonology
- Department of Mental illnesses
- General Surgery Department
- Department of Neurology
- Department of Ophthalmology
- Department of Ear, Nose, Throat
- Dedicated Breast Cancer Clinic
- Thoracic Surgery Department
- Intensive Care Unit
- Orthopedic Department
- Plastic Surgery
- Rehabilitation Department
- Hand and Upper Limb Surgery Department
- Maxillofacial Center
- Army Cardiac Center
Training / teaching facilitiesEdit
The hospital serves as a teaching hospital to CMH Lahore Medical And Dental College. Most of the clinical faculty of the medical college are doctors of the Army Medical Corps serving in the hospital.
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