The government has secured the funds needed to build an entirely new Fiennes Institute, Health Minister Molwyn Joseph confirmed in a recent interview.
While he did not disclose the amount received, terms upon which it was given, or the source of the funds, the minister outlined that the design and concept of the new facility will be totally different from the current centre that is adjacent to the closed down Holberton Hospital.
The Fiennes Institute is a government-operated medical facility, which provides care and accommodation for senior citizens, including those who are unable to care for themselves and those without familial support.
“We want to build a new Fiennes in an area with enough land to create recreation for the elderly. We want to create an environment for normal life. They must be able to walk a little distance, sweat a bit, and feel with the wind blowing on their skin,” Joseph said.
The minister said he is currently working along with an official from the Public Works Department to identify a suitable location. Initially, the government was planning to demolish one building at a time at the current location on Parliament Drive and reconstruct in phases.
Joseph said they will be abandoning the original plan.
“We want to have a site, build the facility and when it is completed and is ready for occupancy, we do a total transfer. That is what we are looking for now since we have the funds to do it,” Joseph said.