The Junta de Andalucía's Health service has said that it plans to have Estepona's new local hospital up and running by the end of the year.
The date comes after the town hall finished the building work on the long-awaited complex in December last year. The Partido Popular (PP) mayor, José María García Urbano, agreed to put up the money, even though it wasn't municipal responsibility.
The initial building cost was set at 15 million euros, but in January the council approved an extra 1.2 million in expenditure to correct a series of unexpected flaws.
The regional health service has already put out to tender the purchase of the X-ray, surgical and clinical equipment and furniture at a cost of some four million euros. However bosses have had to ask suppliers not to deliver yet as modifications to the building are required.
The announcement of the new opening date came at a PP conservative party meeting in the town. The hospital was built by the mayor when the PSOE Socialist administration was in power at the Junta de Andalucía, before the PP and Ciudadanos took control in Seville.
Malaga PP president Elías Bendodo said that García Urbano had taken "the right decision" to fund the hospital when "he got no response from the previous Socialist [regional] government".