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Finding homes for patients is a challenge: Dr Koroivuki

October 8, 2018 12:52 am

With more inpatients at the Saint Giles hospital, there is a need to have proper homes for them to return to once they are treated.

Saint Giles hospital Senior Medical Officer Dr Elizabeth Koroivuki says trying to find homes for patients at Saint Giles is a major challenge for the hospital.

“For us we are bond by the mental health act 2010, so most of our inpatient, like it’s up to them, up to a maximum of 90 days and after that we have to write to the mental health review board to get extension for this if we do not have proper accommodation to send them to. But it’s been a big challenge, trying to get the homes especially in Suva because most of it has been already filled up.”

Dr Koroivuki says they are working with various stakeholders to solve this issue.

“We have also been working with other organizations who do provide homes in Suva area, at the St Vincent and we are still waiting for accommodation spaces from them, probably building of their home by the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, the Saint Giles hospital sees more than 3,000 patients every year.