A new paediatric wing was inaugurated at the HPA group’s private Gambelas Hospital in Faro last Friday (May 12). The ceremony took place on the same day the group celebrated its 21st anniversary.
One of the new wing’s main novelties is that it separates the children’s A&E room from the adults’.
In a statement, the HPA group said the hospital’s paediatric unit is now “larger and more functional and comfortable” as it also boasts a new waiting room and observation room.
The unit has been growing steadily over the years. After starting off with a team of just one doctor and two nurses in 2009, it now comprises five paediatricians (including three neonatologists) and 12 nurses (four specialising in paediatrics).
One of its main services is the intensive care nursery, dubbed a “milestone” of the hospital by head of the paediatric unit Luís Gonçalves.
“It has all the human and technological resources to treat premature babies without any after-effects or as few as possible,” he said.
Taking all the hospital’s services into account, Gambelas treated around 50,000 children last year – a number that makes the hospital’s team “very proud”.
New hospital in Sines
Meantime, the HPA group continues to expand and offer new services.
A project to build a new private hospital in the Alentejo borough of Sines was revealed at the ceremony by João Bacalhau, the head of the HPA board.
He also announced the opening of a clinic at MAR Shopping Algarve, the mall due to open later this year at IKEA’s mega complex in Loulé.
Finally, the group is also awaiting the green light to expand the top floor of Gambelas Hospital to create a cutting-edge endoscopy unit.