Ground has been broken on a new $200m hospital in Grand Bahama, the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, reported

This new Freeport Health Campus facility aims to provide care to the residents of Grand Bahama.

Bahamas Prime Minister Philip ‘Brave’ Davis said: “I am pleased to start construction of the new Freeport Health Campus that will provide excellent care the residents of Grand Bahama deserve.

“At this new healthcare centre, wounds will be healed, and medical research will be advanced. Grand Bahama Health Services would be in a position to provide the highest standards of care now into the future as a long-awaited vision is now, at last, coming to a reality.”

The project, which includes an outpatient and urgent care facility, had faced delays due to competing national priorities.

The Freeport hospital will be built in three phases, with the first phase being a 60,000ft² clinic, followed by an inpatient surgical suite urgent care facility in the second phase, and an acute care hospital with 126 inpatient beds in the third phase.

The need for improved medical facilities in Grand Bahama became evident after Hurricane Dorian caused significant damage to Rand Memorial Hospital.

According to Bahamian Health and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville, the funding for the project comes from the World Bank.

It is being built by ABC Contractors.

The hospital will feature an oncology centre, allowing residents to receive cancer treatment on the island, instead of travelling to New Providence.

Plans are also underway for the construction of nine new clinics across the Family Islands while 41 clinics in the island nation are being renovated.