A NEW maternity unit will be one of the major projects undertaken by the newly-established Nadi Hospital Board of Visitors Trust.
Trust secretary Sumila Karan said plans were being discussed to build the maternity unit over the next two years at a cost of about $150,000.
Ms Karan said the lack of facilities at the existing maternity unit was a major concern to the board.
"The current maternity unit has only four beds and has been that way for a very long time," she said.
"We have a 16-bed plan which will be done in four phases, meaning we want to install four beds in every phase."
Ms Karan said a waiting area for families would also be constructed within the unit.
"We want the lounge area to be a place where the parents can have a special time to themselves with their new baby, a place where family members can also enjoy that special time with the newborn."
The board secretary said they had been given the right to raise money for the hospital by the Health Ministry and they intended to use this to garner support and improve services at the medical facility.