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New private hospitals for region

By ELOISE WALTON [email protected]

A new private hospital, costing a total of 22 million euros, is due to be opened in Montechoro, Albufeira, in the first quarter of 2010.

Portuguese architect Madalena Teves designed the six-storey building, which covers 5,400sqm and has a variety of services for patients including recovery wards with a total of 27 beds, four operation theatres, three delivery rooms and 24-hour emergency services. 

The new facility, called Hospital Internacional do Algarve (International Hospital of the Algarve), has been built by international construction company Grupo FDO in partnership with Grupo Trofa Saúde, which manages several private hospitals and health clinics across Portugal. The project is also supported by Albufeira Câmara.

During a presentation of the project on October 1 at the site of the almost completed hospital, the president of the administrative council of the Grupo Trofa Saúde José Vila Nova said: “The hospital, which is part of a larger project to cover the region with quality health facilities, will be equipped with complex services and high tech equipment.”

He added that the international hospital will be a “one stop shop” for patients and will include services such as neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopaedic specialists and paediatrics, among others.

Despite a two year delay with the construction of the hospital “caused by bureaucratic issues”, Albufeira Câmara President Desidério Silva said that he was very pleased that the facility was almost complete and would soon be open to the residents and visitors of the council and the central Algarve.

Meanwhile, Faro council will also have two new private hospitals in the near future, one of which, the Hospital Particular do Algarve, is to be open within a few weeks near the Algarve University campus in Gambelas.

Services offered at this two storey hospital, which will have 90 beds in a total of 60 private and semi-private rooms include general practitioners, various types of surgery, a pharmacy, an intensive care unit, maternity services and an advanced imaging centre with x-ray, magnetic resonance and mammography equipment.

A second private hospital is also planned for Lejana de Baixo near the western entrance of Faro, which will be managed by the Grupo Hospitais Privados de Portugal (HPP), which currently manages the existing private Santa Maria hospital in the city.

This new facility, which is due to open in 2012, will be a six storey building of around 13,500sqm.

According to Paulo Neves, a spokesman for HPP, the new hospital will complement the group’s existing one as it will offer different services and will be organised differently.

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