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Nasese Medical Becoming A Hospital

Nasese Medical Centre will be rebranding to Nasese Private Hospital by the end of the year. Located on Ratu Sukuna Road, the centre opened in 2002 with an objective to
28 Oct 2020 11:17
Nasese Medical Becoming A Hospital
The Nasese Medical Centre will rebrand to Nasese Private Hospital once fitting out of all its new facilities is completed. Photo: Maraia Vula

Nasese Medical Centre will be rebranding to Nasese Private Hospital by the end of the year.

Located on Ratu Sukuna Road, the centre opened in 2002 with an objective to provide a high standard, efficient, affordable Medical Centre to cater for the medical needs of Fiji and particularly Suva.

Currently the centre opens from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 1pm. Once all the proper signage and medical equipment are fitted, the emergency rooms and pharmacy are fully equipped then the Nasese Private Hospital would be fully operational and ready to officially open.

Medical director Dr Virgilio De Asa Snr in an earlier interview said they plan to operate the new look and modern double storey medical centre with 24 hour Emergency Services for the people of
Suva. Dr De Asa Snr had also earlier stated that they were expanding because of the demand for local patients and also to improve the private health care facility in Suva.

Also housed at the medical centre is a Gloria Jean’s Coffee shop.

The Gloria Jean’s coffee shop at Nasese Medical Centre, Suva on October 27, 2020. Photo: Maraia Vula

The Gloria Jean’s coffee shop at Nasese Medical Centre, Suva on October 27, 2020. Photo: Maraia Vula

He noted that it took two to three years for this expansion to eventuate. “We had to undergo rezoning and had to acquire proper approvals. “We started as a small clinic but as we went along with customer demand and feedback that we received. We will soon be functioning as a hospital.”

Dr De Asa had also highlighted that they have had medical referral cases from neighbouring regional islands like Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu. “We aim to provide professional and clinical services to patients that seek affordable but personalised and exclusive care to patients.” He said they would hiring more staff with this new development. Currently Nasese Medical Centre has fully trained customer-driven personnel consisting of specialist and general practice doctors, nurses (operating theatre nurses, midwife and critical care nurses), physiotherapist, radiographer/ultrasonographer, medical technologists/laboratory scientist,/ phlebotomist and pharmacist.

The Medical Centre had begun an extension last year so it could cater for up to 40 bed capacity.

The upper level :
He also noted in an earlier interview that the upper level will be:
serviced by an elevator and will have the conference room,
administrative unit,
a fully- equipped physiotherapy unit for rehabilitation,
three bed coronary care unit (CCU),
separate male and female wards,
additional private rooms with amenities,
a modern laboratory facilities.

Medal
It was also a proud moment for Dr De Asa Snr as he received his 50th Anniversary of Independence Commemorative Medal during the Investiture Ceremony on Monday at the State House, Suva.

The President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote awarding Fiji’s 50th Anniversary of Independence Commemorative Medal to Dr Virgilio De Asa Snr during the Investiture Ceremony at the State House, Suva on October 26, 2020. Photo: Fijian Government Facebook

The President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote awarding Fiji’s 50th Anniversary of Independence Commemorative Medal to Dr Virgilio De Asa Snr during the Investiture Ceremony at the State House, Suva on October 26, 2020. Photo: Fijian Government Facebook

Brief background
Dr Virgilio De Asa Snr is originally from the Philippines. He arrived in Fiji on September 12, 1976 as an expatriate doctor at CWM hospital. He also taught at Fiji School of Medicine.

Dr De Asa Snr has served the country with 44 years of medical service delivery to the people of Fiji.

After completing 12 years of service with the Ministry of Health, the last four years as Chief Medical Officer at GOPD/ casualty department, he resigned to open up a small private medical practice known as Dr Asa’s Medical Clinic at 46 Gordon Street, Suva, with one staff member.

In 2002, De Asa’s Medical Clinic moved to the current Nasese location and his youngest son, Dr De Asa junior joined him in the practice.

In 2013, Nasese Medical Centre opened its new wing, birthing unit and second operating unit. With the expansion of the medical centre, his eldest son, Dr Alvin De Asa joined in 2014. Some of the country’s leading doctors have joined them.

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