Tree Top Hospital opens, paving way for medical tourism in Maldives

Owners of Crown and Champa Resorts, a leading local resort operator, have opened Tree Top Hospital, the first world-class private healthcare institution in the Maldives.

The state-of-the-art hospital, developed in the satellite town of Hulhumale, was inaugurated on March 1.

With up to 210 inpatient beds and a wide range of specialised services that are accessible to locals, expatriates and tourists alike, the medical centre is benchmarked to international quality standards and is a major step towards providing quality healthcare to those who need it.

Patients will be able to receive advanced healthcare services locally, which is set to significantly reduce the amount and costs of outbound travels to neighbouring Sri Lanka, India and Thailand for treatments, while also increasing the opportunity for medical tourism in the Maldives.

“After three or four years, we will be all set to court medical tourists,” Ahmed Saleem, a shareholder of Tree Top Hospital, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

The world-class facilities include Oncology and Dialysis Centres, an Intensive Care Unit, departments for Radiology, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, and various laboratories fitted with modern machinery. The variety of services provided include Accident and Emergency Care, Open Heart Surgery led by Dr Roland Fasol, Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychology, as well as General Practice.

The six-story Tree Top Residences, developed next to the hospital, offers suites for patients and visiting families, restaurants, retail stores and accommodation for staff.

Management of Tree Top Hospital has been awarded to Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, a joint venture between Australia-based Ramsay Health Care and Malaysia-based Sime Darby Healthcare.

Led by pioneers of tourism in the Maldives, Crown and Champa Resorts owns and operates six resorts across the Maldives, including Hurawalhi Maldives, Kuredu Island Resort and Spa, Komandoo Island Resort and Spa, Meeru Island Resort and Spa, Veligandu Island Resort and Spa, and Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

The group also manages the Champa Central Hotel in capital Male, and is currently developing its seventh resort in the Maldives; Kudadoo Private Island by Hurawalhi.

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