Manipal Hospitals, a multi-specialty hospital chain based in Bangalore, India, has formed a partnership with Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow, Scotland, reported

The collaboration gives Manipal Hospitals’ interventional radiologists access to more academic opportunities and support in learning advanced techniques and procedures.

QEUH trainees will also learn the modern medical techniques leveraged by Manipal Hospitals.

This knowledge transfer is expected to help patients speed up their recoveries and reduce their hospital stays at Manipal Hospitals.

The agreement was signed in the presence of representatives from Manipal Hospitals including the chairman Dr H. Sudarshan Ballal, the head of the interventional radiology department Dr Reddi Prasad Yadavali, and QUEH interventional radiology consultant Dr Ram Sundar Kasthuri.

The department of interventional radiology at Manipal Hospitals uses minimally invasive techniques to treat complex medical issues such as uterine fibroids and enlarged prostates, among others.

Commenting on the development, Manipal Hospitals chairman Dr H Sudarshan Ballal said: “We are thrilled to partner with Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

“This collaboration will provide an unprecedented opportunity for our Interventional Radiologists to learn from global experts and enhance their skills in diagnosis and interventional therapy.

“We are confident that this partnership will not only benefit our doctors and patients but also contribute to the advancement of Interventional Radiology as a specialty in India.”

Meanwhile, Manipal Health Enterprises intends to expand its network of hospitals by another 12–14 facilities with around 4,000 beds or more over the next five years, reported the Economic Times.

This move comes after investment company Temasek earlier this month acquired an additional 41% interest in India-based Manipal Health via its portfolio company Sheares Healthcare Group.