Over 4,000 medical consultations at beach in July

A total of 4,371 consultations were provided by the teams of nurses at the 32 Algarve beach health units in July.

Data shows that out of this total, 2,253 focused on basic treatments and sutures, 997 on checking blood pressure levels, 690 on insect and weever fish stings, 221 on injections and 157 on glucose testing.

There were also 56 cases in which patients were redirected to other health units, such as hospitals and basic emergency services.

The beach health units which registered the largest number of consultations were located on the island of Culatra and the beaches of Armação de Pêra, Quarteira, Altura and Praia do Barril.

Nearly 67% of the patients were resident outside the Algarve – 53% were from other regions of Portugal and 14% were international holidaymakers.

The ARS believes these numbers are proportional to the number of tourists spending their holidays in the Algarve during the summer.

The results are similar to the same period last year, registering just a 3% drop.

Beach healthcare provision is part of the 2013 summer plan launched by the Regional Health Administration (ARS) in cooperation with the Portuguese Red Cross.