Health Minister, Kenneth Darroux has stated that the construction of the new China-funded hospital on the existing site of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is a technical advantage.
In a statement made last week, he explained that because the project is to be executed in phases, each department is expected to be operational before a new phase begins. This, Darroux said, ensures that the new hospital will be fully functional upon completion.
The project will be undertaken in seven phases, and is expected to be completed within a period of thirty months.
“One of the advantages of building on the existing site is that at the end of the construction period, we are guaranteed to have a fully functional hospital… because at each phase, whatever department or service is going to be put into the construction site, they have to ensure that it is fully functional before they move it… as opposed to building on a new site, where sometimes after the building is completed—sometimes years pass, and we have to do a little this here. So, we have to ensure that each phase is complete before we move onto the next phase,” he claimed. “So, in two and half years, we’ll have a fully-functional hospital.”
The $40-million facility, funded by the government and the People’s Republic of China, will include 16,500 square meters of new construction, 4,160 square meters of general repairs to existing buildings which will not be demolished, 400 meters of roof guttering, and a total number of 372 beds, as opposed to the current 230 beds.
Construction of the new hospital began at the end of October 2016.