It’s always good to be well-prepared while we travel abroad. However, sometimes, we may encounter emergencies and unforeseen circumstances in a foreign land. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected and keep calm.
Should you face a situation where you require to visit a doctor in Fiji for emergencies, check-ups or getting certain medications, here’s a list of healthcare services that you can consider visiting.
Healthcare system in Fiji
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services monitors and runs the healthcare system in Fiji. Both public and private healthcare facilities are available for the general public, and public hospitals provide primary care that is largely free for the population. Healthcare services in the mainland are easily accessible, but if you’re in the outer islands, then these facilities are limited.
The healthcare services throughout Fijian hospitals differ from region to region. There are four main public hospitals in Fiji. The main island Viti Levu has the two biggest and oldest hospitals and a few premium privately-owned hospitals. Vanua Levu has two small public hospitals that are in Labasa and Savusavu town.
Hospitals in Viti Levu
As mentioned above, the two oldest and biggest hospitals, the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) and Oceania Hospitals, are located in Viti Levu. Viti Levu offers some of the most premium privately-owned hospitals that provide the best patient services.
The Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) is the biggest and oldest public healthcare provider in Fiji. The hospital has been running in Fiji for the longest period of time, providing general medical services such as maternity, children’s care, ICU, outpatient, scanning and other operation services. The hospital’s emergency department is operational 24 hours. The Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) is located at Waimanu Road Suva. https://maps.app.goo.gl/TZ2p3mL2a3NPAVT59
Oceania Hospitals Pte Ltd has been operating in Fiji since 2001. They are the largest private hospital. Oceania Hospitals provide the highest standard of clinical expertise and nursing care. They cater to healthcare needs from day surgery procedures to highly complex surgical procedures. Oceania Hospitals Pte Ltd is located at 120 Amy Street, Toorak road and operates 24 hours https://maps.google.com/?cid=14121317767867880861&entry=gps and provides specialized services such as:
- General Medical & General Surgical emergency services
- Cardiac emergencies
- Clinical cardiology – ECG, Echocardiogram, Treadmill test
- Interventional cardiology (angiogram and angioplasty)
- Nephrology (including dialysis services)
- General Surgery
- Paediatric & Neonatology
- Physiotherapy (Inpatient)
- Internal Medicine
- CT Scan Services
- Visiting Interventional cardiology (angiogram and angioplasty)
- Diagnostic Radiology services comprise of X-ray, ultrasound, mammogram, Doppler, guided fine-needle aspiration, guided biopsies, CT scan (plain, contrast, CT-Angio)
- Laboratory services such as biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, molecular testing for certain infectious organisms, transfusion services
- Histopathology and cytology – routine histopathology, fine-needle aspiration cytology, conventional PAP smears, fluid (including cerebrospinal fluid and urine) cytology, sputum cytology
- In-patient pharmacy
Nasese Private Hospital, located at 62 Ratu Sukuna Road, Suva, is another privately-owned hospital that has been operating since 2002. Nasese Private Hospital provides professional and standard clinical services to patients who seek affordable yet exclusive and personalized care.
Some of the services/facilities offered by Nasese Private Hospital include:
Pacific Specialists Healthcare (PSH) is located at Foster Court, 107 Foster Road, Walu Bay, Suva. Pacific Specialists Healthcare (PSH) is South Pacific’s premium private hospital that has been providing pacific style medical healthcare services since 2016.
Some of the healthcare services provided by PSH include:
General outpatient and minor treatments
Medical pathology laboratory
PSH operates from 7am to 6:30pm. https://maps.app.goo.gl/RnbfjLWS7eXhbLhk6
Nadi Hospital is the second largest hospital in Viti Levu. This public hospital caters to general medical services, maternity, pharmacy, dental care, radiology services and optometry services. The Nadi hospital operates 24hours. https://maps.app.goo.gl/93R64U1fto2tLTQS8
Zens Medical Care, located at 40 Lodhia street, Nadi, has been providing general practitioner services for over 20 years delivering innovative consulting services to patients. They have been expanding their group practices in Nadi Town and Namaka, as well as Denarau and Lautoka medical centres. Services provided by Zens Medical include specialist services, e-medical services, pathology, imaging, ambulance services, physiotherapy and traditional Chinese medicine treatments.
The Zens Medical Care operates 24 hours. https://maps.app.goo.gl/NNN1KofBuM3DvpyZ6
Lautoka Hospital is located in the western division, Lautoka. This public healthcare has been providing general medical services to the Fijians since 1974. They provide general medical services such as outpatient services, blood bank, hospital pharmacy, dental care, optometry services and maternity services. The hospital has successfully completed open heart surgeries as well. Lautoka Hospital is operational 24 hours. https://maps.app.goo.gl/CxrFHe7oG8f6cAGi8
Labasa and Savusavu Hospital
Vanua Levu has two smaller hospitals that are located in Labasa and Savusavu town. The hospital provides general medical services to the public, such as outpatient pharmacy and maternity. https://maps.app.goo.gl/qRXBreVD2RPEg8YT7
Pharmacies in Fiji
If you require some medications, pharmacies are easily accessible in the Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. If you’re planning to visit the outer islands, it’s highly advisable for you to prepare all the personal medications you require before heading there. Listed below are some of the pharmacies you can visit in Fiji:
*You are highly encouraged to check the latest opening hours before visiting the store.
Superdrug Pharmacy Limited
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours
550 Nabua road, Suva
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Cumming Street, Suva
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am – 7pm. Sunday, 11am – 4pm.
Level 4 TappooCity, Suva
Laucala Bay Pharmacy
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am – 9pm.
Sports city complex, Grantham Road, Suva
Amy Street Pharmacy
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 9pm. Sunday, 9am – 3pm.
Amy Street Suva.
Flagstaff Family Pharmacy
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
7 Rewa Street, Suva.
Extension Street Pharmacy
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm.
Saturday, 8am – 6pm.
Sunday, 9am to 1pm.
9 Extension road, Suva https://maps.app.goo.gl/MntzMZ1yFDZLJKQa8
Namaka Medisure Pharmacy
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am – 12am.
12 Namaka lane, Namaka Nadi https://maps.app.goo.gl/NejRv75SwvFzr98h7
United Discount Chemist
Opening hours: Monday to Fri, 8am – 7pm.
Saturday, 8am – 4.30pm.
Sunday, 9.30am – 12pm.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm.
Saturday, 8am to 5pm.
Sunday, 9am to 1pm.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm.
Saturday, 8am – 5pm.
41 Lodhia Street, Nadi https://maps.app.goo.gl/idmn7kN6L4EYQCXJA
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am – 8.30pm.
Vitogo Parade, Lautoka. https://maps.app.goo.gl/YjouVubK4xWYHoecA
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am – 9pm.
91 Vitogo Parade
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am – 9pm.
80 Naviti Street, Lautoka https://maps.app.goo.gl/LMwfBLDjYJJwj8XSA
Northern Drug Store
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 7.30am – 7.30pm.
My Chemist Pharmacy
Opening hours: Monday to Thurs, 7.30am – 6pm.
Friday and Saturday: 7.30am – 6.30pm.
Sunday, 9am – 2pm.
Shop 5, Nasekula Road, Labasa https://maps.app.goo.gl/yphKFLp2tXy7ZbsK9
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