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New health unit for Silves

Silves council inaugurated a new community healthcare unit, the Unidade de Cuidados na Comunidade Rio Arade, on December 21.

The centre, which was inaugurated by Dr Rui Lourenço, President of the Algarve Health Authority (ARS), aims to provide all types of medical care to the more than 38,000 patients registered with the Silves health services.

The medical facility, located within the Silves Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) in Rua Cruz de Portugal, aims to particularly respond to the medical needs of the elderly, children and those living in the more isolated inland areas.

With a multidisciplinary team of 26 health professionals, including GPs, nurses, a physiotherapist, a dentist, a psychologist and a dietician, the unit has developed partnerships to be able to cover areas such as continuing care, health at schools, early intervention, mother care and

youth protection.

Nurse Ana Paula Silvestre from the Rio Arade Unit said: “We want to be able reach out to the community. We aim to assist people when and where they need us.”

The Unit is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

This is the seventh healthcare unit of its kind in the region, others already existing in Faro, Lagos, Vila Real de Santo António, Olhão (also covering São Brás de Alportel), Tavira and Portimão.