The Office of the Director Curative Health Services oversees the operational functions of the three divisional hospitals and the two national hospitals. The three divisional hospitals are; Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH), Lautoka Hospital and Labasa Hospital. The two national hospitals are; St. Giles Hospital and Tamavua/Twomey Hospital.
The divisional hospitals serve as the main referral in their respective divisions. CWM, Lautoka and Labasa Hospitals provide a wide range of medical services which may not be available at sub-divisional hospitals.
CWMH being the main referral in the Central Eastern Division stands to serve a population of 379,917. Lautoka Hospital serves a population of 317,376 in the Western Division and Labasa Hospital in the Northern Division serves a catchment population of 130,607. The two national hospitals i.e. St Giles and Tamavua/Twomey are also specialist hospitals.
St. Giles Hospital provides medical and or rehabilitation services for patients suffering from mental illness. Mental Health services in Fiji has improved a lot from the time St. Giles Hospital was built in 1884, it was then called “Lunatic Asylum”. This name was again changed in 1953 to “Mental Asylum”. Together with inpatient and outpatient care St Giles Hospital provides other services such as occupational therapy, day care facilities, forensic assessments, counselling services, community psychiatric nursing, electro-convulsive therapy and pharmaceuticals.
Tamavua/Twomey Hospital blends three specialised hospital services i.e. TB unit, Leprosy and Dermatology and Rehabilitation Medicine under one management with the vision to be the best in specialised hospital care with patient services at the heart of all focuses. The TB programme had its inception in 1964 when a Military Hospital was converted to be a TB Hospital as it was found that TB in Fiji was becoming a problem before and after the war.
Leprosy, which is a public health problem, has been eliminated in Fiji, i.e. its prevalence rate is less than 1per 10,000 population and the Leprosy Control Program continues to implement strategies to sustain Leprosy services following elimination.
The National Rehabilitation Medicine Hospital at Tamavua continues to play an important part in the overall health service care delivery in Fiji. The Unit provides rehabilitation services to severely disabled persons namely spinal paralysis, stroke victims, amputees for prosthetic fitting, fracture neck of femur and few cases of debility.
Curative Health Services is the focal point for Ministry of Health to liaise with other NGO groups such as the Fiji Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation of Fiji and the St John Ambulance. Curative Health Services has become the coordinating link for the provision of specialised services offered by the afore mentioned groups.
Curative Health Services is also the protagonist in initiating policies to improve the delivery of clinical health services, in an effort to better the health status of the people of Fiji.