The lack of close-by accident and emergency facilities for people living in the Guadalhorce valley is now a thing of the past, or at least the situation has been greatly improved, with the opening of a dedicated casualty department at the recently-finished local hospital.
From 8am yesterday, a steady stream of patients with minor injuries or complaints started to arrive at the Guadalhorce hospital near Cártama seeking emergency treatment. Health care officials expect to eventually treat up to 200 patients a day here.
The opening of this casualty facility hasn’t just brought relief for over 100,000 people in the catchment area. It’s also taken the pressure off the Hospital Clínico on the outskirts of Malaga, where people from the Guadalhorce area used to go to be treated prior to this week.
The new hospital, which part-opened earlier this year, also has an outpatients department and a small inpatients department, and 102 medical professionals have been relocated or recruited to work there. It forms part of the Junta de Andalucía’s plan to build smaller hospital facilities or ‘chares’ outside major urban centres.
In the new emergency department, there will be three doctors on duty in the morning, four in the afternoon and three at night. At weekends the centre will stay open 24 hours with three doctors on duty.