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Works On PJ Twomey Hospital Facility To Begin Next Year

“As it is, we will now have to relocate the current services down to Twomey Hospital; it is further down. That hospital was purposefully built for other services, not necessarily for rehabilitation, but it has space and it can be transformed.
01 Apr 2022 13:04
Works On PJ Twomey Hospital Facility To Begin Next Year
The P.J. Twomey Hospital complex in Tamavua, Suva

Construction works on the PJ Twomey Hospital in Tamavua, Suva is expected to begin next year.

The hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Mike Kama said the current rehabilitation facility needed to be changed.

Dr Kama said some arrangements for a new facility were already in the process following discussions between the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Korean Government.

“It is common knowledge that the current rehabilitation facility basically is quite old and it needs to somehow be replaced, it is in the process of doing that,” he said.

“The work on that will probably start next year.

“As it is, we will now have to relocate the current services down to Twomey Hospital; it is further down. That hospital was purposefully built for other services, not necessarily for rehabilitation, but it has space and it can be transformed.

“The place we are moving into now at Twomey Hospital, there is provision for 17 beds, we are using 12 at the moment but there are provisions to expand as well to at least 17 and we’ve got additional facilities there that can cater for more of the patients if it’s needed.”

He said work with the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons was also underway for plans on creating an environment-friendly facility.

“Sometimes there are certain standards that we need to probably align towards and it is that standard that we are trying to get in with the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons to work with us and see how best we can create the environment where they are able to come in, get the services they need, get that accessibility going,” Dr Kama added.

“Sometimes it is very difficult for us to fully understand the difficulties that they might face.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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