São Gonçalo Hospital in Lagos – owned and managed by private hospital group HPA Saúde – has offered to help the national health service (SNS) by treating non-Covid patients at its in-patient unit and operating theatres.
“We remain fully available to collaborate, such as we have been since March 2020,” said an HPA spokesperson, referring to how the São Gonçalo Hospital was turned into a Covid-19 treatment centre during the first wave of the pandemic (click here).
“Only with the joint forces of all available sectors will it be possible to overcome this terrible phase,” the spokesperson added.
Says the hospital group, the Algarve University Hospital Board (CHUA) will have São Gonçalo’s 26 in-patient unit beds and two operating theatres at its disposal to “relieve the surgical waiting lists for different medical specialties”.
However, the hospital will “maintain its regular activity” – this includes its emergency unit, out-patient consultations, examinations and clinical analyses. The HPA group’s other hospitals in Alvor and Gambelas also remain open, including their 24-hour emergency units.
“It is imperative that everyone focuses on the essential: fighting this pandemic, not forgetting, however, that all diseases that are not COVID are equally important and, if not properly monitored, could also have a deadly outcome,” the HPA spokesperson said.