The Rarotonga hospital, located in the Islands capital city, is the largest hospital in the country, with 80 beds, a variety of services and other modern amenities. There are always doctors on call to tend to emergencies and recent initiatives from the Cook Islands government have ensured that this is available without any doctor being required to work more than eight hours per day. The ratio of doctors to patients at this hospital is also very high.
The hospital, as with other hospitals on the Islands is run by the Cook Islands National Health Service, which provides a good standard of care relative to the needs of the country. The facilities in this hospital are comprised of a surgical ward, medical ward, small paediatric ward and small maternity ward. There are also two theatres and a few outpatient consulting rooms at the front of the hospital. The hospital has its own laboratory (however some tests are sent to New Zealand), x-ray and ultrasound facilities.
There is a comprehensive and compulsory immunisation programme for all new-born children in the Cook Islands, so some students may see this programme in action during their elective. Difficult clinical cases are referred to New Zealand for specialised treatment, so students should not expect to deal with very complicated cases whilst on electives here.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
|Local language||English / Cook Islands Maori / Pukapukan|
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