GKNM Hospital > Paediatrics



GKNM Hospital was started as a maternity and child hospital. The department offers a comprehensive range of services in all paediatric subspecialties, like Endocrinology, Paediatric surgery, Pulmonology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Developmental Neurology, Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery.Since its inception in 1974, thousands of children have been treated for a wide array of complex paediatric conditions, with results at par with international standards.

Treatments & Procedures

Paediatric Outpatient Unit

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Paediatric Outpatient Unit

The general paediatric outpatient department functions on all days, caters to children with a wide variety of illnesses, and also has a well-equipped baby clinic for routine immunization. The baby and immunization clinic functions daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Paediatric Surgery

This service was started in 1974. Complex surgical conditions in newborn babies and children are performed with excellent results.

Paediatric cardiology / cardiothoracic services

Paediatric cardiology / cardiothoracic services

A dedicated paediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery programme was started in 2007. Since then, our hospital has performed more than 3000 transcatheter interventions and more than 2500 open cardiac surgeries in children and adults with congenital heart diseases. Our average paediatric cardiology OPD is 275 cases per month. Our hospital is equipped to perform transcatheter interventions and open heart surgeries in all ages, ranging from day one children to adults.

  • We perform balloon aortic, pulmonary, and mitral valvotomy in all children, including newborns, and we also do device closure for ASD, VSD, and PDA regularly. Apart from the interventions for those common ailments, we do balloon dilatation and stenting of the coarctation of the aorta and pulmonary stenosis, and device closure of uncommon ailments such as aortopulmonary window, device or coil closure of fistulas such as coronary AV fistula, pulmonary AV fistula, aortopulmonary collaterals, and other rare fistulas.


  • We have a structured fetal echocardiogram program to identify congenital heart diseases antenatally and follow those children till birth. Our neonatal intensive care unit is well equipped to deal with those cardiac cases, including maintaining the ductus arteriosus with prostaglandins and performing emergency bedside atrial septostomy until such children are ready for definitive procedures.


  • Our hospital has regular academic sessions for postgraduates, nurses, and other paramedical staff as a part of our continuous medical education programme. We publish papers in indexed journals regularly. One of the landmark papers published in the Paediatric Cardiology journal was the device closure of VSD using a muscular VSD device through retrograde technique. Our center is the first  to start doing device closure of subpulmonic VSD in the world.

Paediatric Endocrinology

Paediatric Gastroenterology
Paediatric Endocrinology 

The department houses the largest Paediatric Endocrinology service in Coimbatore, started by Prof. Raghupathy from CMC Vellore and now run by Dr. Ahila Ayyavoo. The neonatal screening program for hypothyroidism was started on January 1, 2006. Special awareness camps for type I diabetes mellitus patients, obese children, and also for children with disorders of Sexual Differentiation are held regularly.

Paediatric Pulmonology

Paediatric Pulmonology

We offer the following comprehensive diagnostic and treatment facilities:

  •  Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Diagnostics, 1st Center in South India
  • Cystic fibrosis diagnostics, including sweat testing
  •  Paediatric flexible bronchoscopy
  •  Primary immune deficiency and rare lung disease evaluation
  • Allergic testing, including the skin prick test
  • Lung function testing for children


Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Paediatric Infectious Diseases is an emerging yet important subspecialty of Paediatrics with a major focus on prompt diagnosis and optimal management of common and uncommon childhood infections, both on an outpatient and inpatient basis, with appropriate and timely antibiotic usage.

It deals with the diagnosis and management of

  • Tropical infections, including Dengue, Typhoid, Rickettsial infections, and
  • Common respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary infections
  • Chronic infections, including tuberculosis, HIV, and other uncommon infections
  • Congenital infections
  • Pyrexia of unknown origin
  • Health care associated infections
  • Chemotherapy/Febrile Neutropenia-Related Infections
  • Transplant associated infections (Bone marrow or solid organ transplants)
  • Infections in children with inborn errors of immunity
  • Vaccination in special situations

Paediatric Neurology

Paediatric Neurology

Manned by two well-known neurologists. We offer both outpatient and inpatient care for children with acute and chronic neurological problems. There is also a special neurodevelopmental clinic for ex-NICU children and children with special needs. A multidisciplinary team includes a speech therapist and a physiotherapist.

Paediatric Gastroenterology

Paediatric Gastroenterology

  • Got trained in the super specialty from hospitals in London and Manchester in the UK.
  • Has expertise in managing
      • Gastroesophageal reflux disease, cow’s milk protein allergy, and other food allergies
      • Management of recurrent abdominal pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders
      • Investigation and treatment of chronic diarrhea and PR bleeding
      • Work up of childhood liver disease and prolonged neonatal jaundice
      • Treatment of Pancreatitis
      • Performing upper GI endoscopy, variceal banding, sclerotherapy, gastrostomy feeding tube, colonoscopy, and polypectomy

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The NICU is the largest of its kind, with 30 beds (12 of which are intensive care beds). It was started in 1973. The NICU is the state-of-the-art facility to treat extreme preterm babies and is equipped with ventilators, warmers, phototherapy, incubators, infusion pumps, and multiparameter monitors. The NICU has Level 1, Level lll and isolation rooms.


  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Postnatal care for a stable newborn infant
  • Comprehensive care of new-born gestation <34 weeks / birth weight < 2kg
  • Full range of respiratory support
  • Surgical repair of congenital / acquired conditions
  • Post surgical care
  • Management of babies with complex congenital heart diseases needing intervention / surgery
  •  Management of sepsis
  • Management of hyperbilirubinemia / IEM, / endocrine problems
  • Routine newborn screening for thyroid, hearing disorders
  • ROP screening for all patterns
  • Isolation facilities for neonates with infections
  •  Breastfeeding promotion
  • Counseling
  • Immunization of newborn infants
  • Retrieval of neonate from referring hospital < 60 km radius


Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

The PICU, which is 10 beds, is equipped with ventilators, multiparameter monitors, dialysis, infusion pumps, and syringe pumps to handle sick children with life threatening infections, neurological emergencies, hemato-oncological emergencies, respiratory emergencies, trauma, postoperative care, etc.


 The PICU is equipped with facilities to provide procedural sedation for invasive procedures like lumbar puncture, intrathecal chemotherapy, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, intercostal drainage, peritoneal dialysis catheter placement, central line and dialysis catheter placement, etc. ECMO facilities can be offered to patients with referral and support from the paediatric cardiothoracic team. The PICU is manned by paediatric intensivists and well trained PICU nurses, and the team offers round-the-clock service.


Developmental Paediatrics

Developmental Paediatrics

A special developmental clinic for Ex NICU children and children with special needs. Multidisciplinary team includes speech therapist and physiotherapist.

Team of Doctors

Dr.P. Shanmugam


Chairman Department of Pediatrics

Dr.G. Srimathy


Senior Consultant Paediatrics

Dr.S. Fouzea Mol


Consultant Paediatrician

Dr.R. Sowmya


Chief of Neonatology Division

Dr. Antony Terance Benjamin

MBBS, MD(Paed), MRCPCH, Diploma in Allergy & Ashthma

Consultant Paediatrics & Peadiatric Pulmonologist

Dr.G. Rajamani


Consultant Paediatric Surgeon

Dr. Ahila Ayyavoo

MBBS,DCH,DNB,P.hd,Fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology (NZ)

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist & Diabetologist

Dr. Ra. Poo. Ezhilmangai


Visiting Consultant – Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician

Dr.R. Vijayakumar


Director-Centre for Paediatric Congentital Heart Disease

Dr.M. Kalyanasundaram

MBBS, MD(Gen.Med),DNB (Cardiology)

Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist

Dr.L. Ajeitha

MBBS., MD., Fellow in Hemato onco

Consultant – Paediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant

Dr.N. Ramesh

MBBS, MD(Paediatrics), DNB(Paediatrics), PDF(Paed Infectious Diseases)

Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases


  • Great Hospital in Coimbatore. Admitted oru 4months baby with Dengue fever. Dr. Ayyammal & Dr. Saravana Prabhu took care of our child completely in PICU. Their dedication is highly appreciated.

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    Gokulakrishnan S
  • Thank you for all staff nurses in ward 48 n ward33 staff nurses and incharge. Excellent care n night n day. Paediatric doctors so kind. Thank u alot doctors n all staff nurses.

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    Bhuvana Sivasamy
  • This is Pillai Kartika mom of H.Suruthy from pollachi. Our baby was born because of the hope given by Dr R. Vijayakumar who is a paediatric congenital heart disease doctor. We came to know in the anamoly scan that our daughter is having some issue in the heart which was called as ‘Double acrotic arch’.

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    Pillai kartika


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