A while ago, I was invited to avail of a free breast check-up and a massage at Fortis La Femme in Bangalore, in exchange for an honest review of the hospital and its services. This post is about my experience at the hospital.
About Fortis La Femme, Bangalore
Fortis La Femme is a boutique hospital exclusively dedicated to women and children. The hospital, located in Richmond Town in Bangalore, was launched in 2016, after a successful run in Delhi.
The hospital boasts of well-trained and experienced doctors across specialisations like gynecology, pediatric care, surgery for women and children, and pediatric ICU. It aims at helping women lead a healthy and happy life, from teenage gynecological issues and birthing to period-related issues and menopause.
I had heard a lot about Fortis La Femme’s birthing packages, which assist women in having stress-free pregnancies, deliveries and post-natal care of babies. They also have a section called Mamma Mia, which aims at providing care to women during pregnancy and after delivery, as well as pre- and post-delivery massages. The hospital also conducts coaching classes for pregnant women and their partners, teaching them exercises and counselling them, so as to avoid panic when labour pains set in.
Considering the increasing incidence of breast cancer in India, Fortis La Femme held a two-month-long ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Program’ through October and November 2016. An all-woman bike rally, free breast check-ups for women, and discounts on mammographies were offered as part of the program.
No:62, Richmond Road, Behind Sacred Heart Church (Entry from Mother Teresa Road), Richmond Town, Bangalore – 560025
My experience at Fortis La Femme
I must say I had a lovely experience at Fortis La Femme, right from the time the husband and I entered the hospital to the time I left.
The valet helped us park our car at the hospital, while the very courteous and friendly reception staff guided me to the doctor who would be conducting my breast check-up. The moment we entered, we were struck by the fact that there was no ‘hospital smell’ lingering in the air – the air, in fact, smelled quite pleasant, putting us at ease instantly. The hospital itself, in no way, looks like a typical hospital – the vibe is warm and welcoming.
A friendly nurse checked my vitals, and led me to the doctor, who, again, turned out to be very soft-spoken and sweet. The doctor patiently took down my history and that of my family, and answered all the doubts that I had. The breast examination was gentle and courteous, quite unlike the inhumane probes that I have encountered in the name of check-ups at certain other hospitals. She was helpful enough to tell me little changes that I could make to my lifestyle to avoid health complications in future.
Then, I proceeded to Mamma Mia in the same premises for my massage, where I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful orange-and-spice scent that hung in the air. There, I was greeted by a very jovial and sweet massage therapist, who enquired about the type of massage that I would like to avail. I opted for a neck and back massage, which was done very well, with a beautiful, beautiful ginger-and-clove-spiced oil. The massage was lovely and utterly relaxing, with the therapist enquiring about whether the pressure she was applying was good enough for me, from time to time. The massage suite is quite luxurious and nice, and I wish I could have had this luxury when I had just birthed Bubboo.
Overall, I would say, I spent very little time (relatively) at Fortis La Femme, but I couldn’t not get impressed by it.
Honestly, this is a hospital that doesn’t have a hospital feel to it at all. It doesn’t overwhelm you, rather eases you into your treatment, making you feel special through all of it. Gone are the days of stern-faced doctors with whom you couldn’t converse at all, I say. Friendly medical staff and open conversations are in, and Fortis La Femme seems to be doing a pretty good job at it all.
Notes and disclaimers
- I was invited to the hospital to avail of the breast check-up and massage, free of cost. The views expressed here are entirely my own, unbiased by anyone or anything. I do not stand to receive any kind of gain by recommending this hospital to you.
- I just wasn’t comfortable getting out my camera and shooting pictures inside the hospital, so this has to be a non-picture post. If you wish to see pictures of the hospital, please do Google.
- The names of the doctor who performed my breast check-up and the therapist who did my massage have been withheld, for reasons of privacy.