As the construction phase nears completion the primary delay on opening the Central Abaco Mini Hospital is the wait for medical equipment to arrive for installation.
Despite the government eyeing the possibility of the completion of construction by the end of 2013, a number of interior changes caused delays. According to Alan Sharpe, Director at Coastline Construction, the mini-hospital is now basically complete and they are waiting for medical equipment to arrive so that they can, where necessary, make final adjustments to suite the specific medical components.
He said regarding the ordering of medical equipment that there is an ongoing evaluation of what equipment will be brought in which is preventing them from completing their final interior works. So there will be some expected delay as Coastline will have to make adjustments depending on exactly what equipment they will be getting.
Mr. Sharpe said they are BEC is connected and water is on, but while the wiring is complete, Cable Bahamas nor Bahamas Telecommunications Company have made their connections live.
He noted the parking lot is nearing completion. They went with a concrete parking lot instead of sand and seal and Mr. Sharpe expects that it will last considerably longer. After the parking lot is completed landscaping will be carried out to beautify the surrounding area.
There presently is no revised date set for the opening of the new Mini Hospital but as work winds down the end appears to be in sight.