[WATCH] New €15 million St James Hospital in Tarxien to open in summer

The new 24-bed facility will be replacing the older hospital in Zabbar and expanding on its services

The new St James Hospital will be replacing the medical group's older facility in Zabbar and expanding on the services it offered
The new St James Hospital will be replacing the medical group's older facility in Zabbar and expanding on the services it offered
New €15 million St James Hospital in Tarxien to open in summer

A €15 million private hospital in Tarxien is set to open its doors to patients in June.

The new St James Hospital will be replacing the medical group's older facility in Zabbar and expanding on the services it offered.

The 6,400 sq.m three-floor site will be equipped with 23 out-patient consulting rooms, 24 in-patient beds and three operating theatres.

It will also house a radiology department, an Immediate Medical Care Unit, a dental clinic, a physiotherapy area, a cosmetic surgery and dermatology unit and a pharmacy.

(Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)
(Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)

St James Hospital Group's chairman Josie Muscat said that the Zabbar facility's location had started to act as a limitation, and the only option was to relocate.

"My dream was always to build a hospital in the South so as to give something back to this region which I hold so dear," he said.

"We starred falling back in so far as innovations are concerned at the Zabbar hospital, and we had no choice but to find a new location."

(Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)
(Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)

Muscat said that after first having had the idea of constructing the new hospital, it had taken ten years to get the necessary building permits.

When construction eventually started, it had to be halted for two years after a number of Punic tombs were unearthed in the course of the building work.

Muscat went on to highlight that the idea behind the hospital - which is located in an area of scenic beauty, surrounded by fields of Crown Daisy flowers - was to not present it as a place which patients associate with being sick, but as one which they can enjoy visiting.

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