The Agencia Sanitaria Costa del Sol, the public health body that runs the hospitals in the western Costa area, carried out a record number of operations in 2016.
The agency is responsible for the main Costa del Sol hospital near Marbella and smaller centres in Benalmádena and Mijas Costa.
In total 20,270 operations took place in 2016, an increase of 3 per cent on the previous year. Of these, just over 15,000 were at the Hospital Costa del Sol and the rest in Benalmádena.
Commenting on the figures, director Torcuato Romero said that the increase showed "the work ethic at a hospital doing the best it can".
Delays to new extension
The main hospital has been mired by a ten-year delay in finishing a new extension due to legal disputes with the constructor. "Local people can rest assured that even though they may see a half-finished construction site, this isn't a half-working hospital," added Romero.
The medical conditions with the most number of operations in 2016 were eye complaints, at 4,220 ; orthopedic and traumatology cases, with 2,113; and general surgery, with 1,998. More than 77 per cent of surgery was on day patients.
Waiting lists also shrunk nine percent to 2,019 at the centres, and average waiting time was down five per cent to 51.2 days. On average, hospital beds were 67 per cent full.
In the accident and emergency departments, the average number of total cases seen per day rose slightly year on year from 308 to 313. The peak month of August saw 353 urgent cases treated per day. Trade unions have called for more support for staff in the casualty departments.