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Tuesday, June 14, 2005 – Plans for a new national general hospital will be taken a step further later today, when the Prime Minister, the Cabinet of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries review the final design for the proposed new facility.

The Cabinet of Ministers on October 14, 2004 reviewed preliminary designs for the new hospital, which will be constructed with, assistance from the European Union through the European Development Fund (EDF) to the tune of $67 million.

The design consultants then returned to the drawing board for completion of the final design for the new facility, which will contain 180 beds and will feature new medical equipment that will raise the level of health care provided to the general public.

In January 2004, it was announced that Sir Frederick Snow and Partners, a UK team of engineers, won the bid to design the new general hospital, which will be located on the Millennium Highway.

A contract was later signed between the contracting firm and the Government of St. Lucia, which was announced in a few days later by the National Authorising Officer in the Office of the European Union in St. Lucia, Mr. Wilfred Pierre.

Sir Frederick Snow and Partners Limited worked alongside local architects NBLA and the Halcrow Group Limited., during the planning and design stages of the four project.

Managing Director of the contracting firm, Mr. Philip. J.R. Martin, promised to provide St. Lucia with “the best up-to-date facility that one can expect.”

The new national hospital will share the same address as the new psychiatric facility. Both will be located, on the 15.2-acre site on the Millennium Highway.

The site has been approved and construction of the new hospital is expected to begin sometime next year.

The new psychiatric hospital, which will be built with assistance from the People’s Republic of China, will be completed before the new general hospital.

However, on completion, the two new facilities will together represent a qualitative leap in the level of health care provided to the St. Lucian public.

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