Lautoka hospital not up to par with Aussie standards, says Dyer

The frontal view of the Lautoka Hospital. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

THE Lautoka Hospital does not meet Australian health facility guidelines, says Fiji Hospital Project chief executive officer Paul Dyer.

He said the new management team members from Aspen Medical were working on upgrading the hospital to meet those guidelines.

He said improvement of facilities in Lautoka would include the construction of new buildings.

“The most important thing now is to focus on the facilities themselves,” Mr Dyer said.

“We have to deliver our services from facilities that meet the Australian health facilities guidelines and in order for us to do that, there is a lot of upgrading and rebuilding work to be done.

“Clearly these sorts of facilities don’t meet those guidelines so we are in the throes of working out how we must best do that and that will require a bit of renovation and it will certainly include a lot of new construction work as well.”

He said the upgrade works would also include a total reconstruction of a wing that was destroyed by fire in 2017.

“The Ministry of Health is working on rectifying the building or the room that caught fire which will be done in the near future. It will be restored with the view to using that area for certain services until we can devise our plans to move forward but it’s likely that we will have a fairly extensive set of new buildings here rather than using the old facility.

“We are also looking at how we can repurpose the old part of the building for delivery of services as well.

“The inpatient part of the building will be completely new,” he added.

He said the construction and renovation works would be funded by the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).

“FNPF as the funder of the major reconstruction work is looking obviously to return funds to their members so obviously it is a good investment for them. They will get a return on their investment from the funds they put for the rebuilding and that is good for everybody.”

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