Ana Varges Gomes (CHUA)
Ana Varges Gomes (CHUA)

Tender launched for Algarve Oncology Centre

Construction is due to begin “soon”

The Algarve’s future Oncology Centre is one step closer to reality after an international public tender for its “speciality projects” – which refers to the specific technical plans and designs required for construction projects – was launched last week.

So said Ana Varges Gomes, president of the administration board of the Algarve University Hospital Centre (CHUA), at a ceremony held last Wednesday (May 17) to announce the nuclear medicine unit at Portimão Hospital.

The tender’s price tag is €495,000. The winning bidder will have 45 days after being selected to develop the project, after which construction is expected to move forward.

The oncology centre is expected to tackle the urgent need for better cancer care in the Algarve, particularly radiotherapy, the lack of which forces many patients to travel hundreds of kilometres to seek treatment in Lisbon or even Seville (Spain).

The new health facility will be built on a 5,500sqm plot near the long-promised Central Hospital at Parque das Cidades, near the Algarve Stadium, between Faro and Loulé.

Building and equipping the new health facility will cost €14 million – with €9 million due to be covered by the Algarve 2030 programme.

Construction is due to begin soon after the tender is completed.