To serve more people from eastern and north eastern India, Sankara Nethralaya began offering its services, through collaboration, in Kolkata in December 2002, serving about 200 patients a day. In July 2007, with the idea of expanding and offering more comprehensive care, it moved to an independent interim location at Raja Subodh Mullick Square. While at the interim location, Sankara Nethralaya with the support of the Paschim Banga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilini, constructed its own eye hospital, built on a 0.55 acre of land in Mukundapur.
The new hospital was commissioned on January 21, 2009 by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Shri. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
Lead by Dr. Sujata Guha, a dedicated team of 11 consultants caters to the needs of at least 500-600 patients a day in all sub-specialities of ophthalmology. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art investigational facilities. The centre is a dedicated superspeciality eye hospital and peripheral referral centre for the entire eastern region of the country and neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal.
Keeping with the Sankara Nethralaya philosophy of Community Service, the new hospital at Kolkata has an entire floor dedicated to Community Service. Two state-of-the-art operation theatres and 24 beds have been specifically earmarked for indigent patients who receive treatment free-of-cost. The hospital also has a Teleophthalmology and Mobile Refraction Van that takes quality eye care to the doorsteps of people living in rural and semi-urban West Bengal.