Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said the facility would allow residents in the area including Kuala Penyu and Sipitang to have better access to specialist treatment.
The Beaufort Member of Parliament said this after visiting patients at the Beaufort Hospital, children's ward here.
Azizah said the specialist hospital which was approved in the 9th Malaysia Plan proved that the government was committed in fulfilling its pledges.
Meanwhile, Beaufort Hospital director Dr Vivek Vijiyan said the specialist hospital would provide services in internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and radiology.
He said the new block could potentially accommodate 275 beds, compared to the existing 184-bed hospital.