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Medevac Helipad To Open At Sigatoka Hospital This Month

The Medevac Helipad at the Sigatoka Hospital is expected to open late this month. This was confirmed by the chairman of the Coral Coast Chapter of the Fiji Hotel and
05 Nov 2016 12:33
Medevac Helipad To Open At Sigatoka Hospital This Month
Contractors working on the Medavac Helipad facility at the Sigatoka Hospital yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Medevac Helipad at the Sigatoka Hospital is expected to open late this month.

This was confirmed by the chairman of the Coral Coast Chapter of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Peter Hopgood.

He said this new facility will be welcomed by both locals and tourists that are living and staying on the Coral Coast.

Mr Hopgood said: “It will allow guests to be quickly medevaced to either Suva or Lautoka as required or in the most serious circumstances; tourists can be medevaced to Nadi International Airport for care flights either to New Zealand or Australia. The new helipad will also be an integral facility in the event of natural disasters.”

He said the total cost of the new medevac helipad is $260,000.

“The project is being fully funded by the Coral Coast Chapter of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association. These funds have come from guests staying at the resorts and also from the annual Sigatoka District Hospital Charity Golf Day,” Mr Hopgood said.

“We expect to open the new facility in late November.”

The project contractors are working on the final touches to the facility.

Meanwhile, over the past four years the Coral Coast Hoteliers have been able to fund the building of a new maternity ward and upgrades to the Outpatients Ward of the hospital.

This year’s Fiji Chemicals annual Sigatoka District Hospital Charity Golf Day is scheduled for November 27 at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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