Western Algarve councils join forces to expand Portimão Hospital capacity

Two outdoor structures with 20 individual rooms have been set up at the entrance of Portimão Hospital’s A&E department in a bid to increase the paediatric Covid-19 capacity at a time when public health services are said to be reaching breaking point.

The announcement was made today (Monday) by Portimão Council, which says the two structures will replace the civil protection tents that had been set up in the same location.

The structures should be fully functional by the end of the week, says Portimão Council, providing the hospital with an external structure for patient screenings as well as rooms to isolate patients with respiratory issues.

The structures are equipped with air conditioning units and bathrooms and will provide patients with “more comfort”.

The councils of Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa, Monchique and Silves have teamed up to cover the costs of the installation (€6,000), as well as the monthly rent of the two structures (€7,600), which will be divided equally by the seven boroughs.

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