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Major Hospitals Open 24 Hours, Health Ministry says

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising the public on the opening hours of health facilities across Fiji. Currently all major divisional hospitals (Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Lautoka
01 Apr 2017 13:07
Major Hospitals Open 24 Hours, Health Ministry says
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising the public on the opening hours of health facilities across Fiji.

Currently all major divisional hospitals (Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Lautoka Hospital and Labasa Hospital) operate with 24 hours emergency services in addition to other services.

Hospitals that provide inpatient services operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

It will also generally see outpatients from 8.30am to 4pm and have staff available to respond to emergencies after working hours.

Similarly, subdivisional hospitals in the West, Central, Northern and Eastern divisions also provide 24-hour emergency services with general outpatients limited to normal working hours, sometimes until 10pm.

A team is always rostered to cover for emergencies after working hours.

Most urban health centres are open on weekdays (Monday to Friday) with General Outpatient services normally ceasing at 4pm, but staff may be rostered to deal with any emergencies until the Centre closes at 10pm.

Some health facilities in the major urban centres, especially Suva, have extended opening hours from 6.30am to 10pm for general outpatient’s department services.

The urban health centres within the Suva-Nausori corridor also operate a single eight-hour shift from 8am to 4pm at the weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

All health facilities which provide primary health care services are also available for emergencies between 1pm and 2pm.

At busier urban primary health care facilities general outpatient services is fully operational during lunch hours as it is able to roster nurse practitioners and/or medical officers to provide services during those period.

At times when staff are required to deal with an emergency or urgent patient (based on a triaging system) delays may be experienced by general outpatients.

The Ministry is currently looking at plans to establish a 24-hour service at Valelevu Health Centre.

That will involve expanding the emergency room, increasing the number of allied health personnel and improve spaces for patients and staff.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises that if anyone has concerns in regards to the  length of waiting time at any particular health centre, or any other aspect of the centre’s services, they should see a senior staff or manager responsible for the facility.

In that way any concerns can be addressed there and then. But one can contact the Ministry of Health and Medical Services if the issue cannot be resolved at the given point in time.

 



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