THE new 20-bed Navua Hospital is expected to assist with decreasing the load on the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma said the new hospital's facilities would enable it to carry out more procedures, meaning less people would be referred to Suva.
"There's a full fledged lab that will deal with all the tests rather than referring everything to Suva so once the facilities are there and the doctors and nurses use it effectively, the outcome will be a lot better," Dr Sharma said.
He said the hospital would provide benefits not only to the people of Navua but also to the whole subdivision.
"The hospital will help reduce the load at CWM and with an operating theatre of this calibre, we would be able to do some operations here and send them home.
"If the wards aren't busy, we could use to reduce our waiting time for surgical patients."
The new hospital has 20 inpatient beds and Dr Sharma said there were a whole host of other facilities available.
"What you have is a full hospital. You have a maternity unit outfitted with adequate equipment and you have an X-ray department with a fixed X-ray machine and an ultrasound machine that we will put in."
He also explained the hospital would contribute to national development by having better outcomes from community health outreach programs.