The long-awaited opening of the Estepona High Resolution Hospital finally arrived ealier this week at a ceremony attended by the president of the Andalusian regional government, Juanma Moreno. However, despite the fanfare, the centre is still not fully open, with Moreno explaining that the hospital would continue to attend Covid patients referred from the Costa del Sol Hospital "until the pandemic lets up". As a result, a specific date for its full opening remains unclear.
Moreno described the Estepona hospital on Monday as "another health infrastructure project that suffered delays of many years despite being very necessary". Specifically, the hospital has opened "after more than twelve years of waiting", he said.
The regional president explained that two million euros has been invested in the separation of care circuits in the surgical area, the creation of isolation areas for functional tests and examinations, as well as to expand spaces and redesign units.
In addition to this investment, a further 3.2 million euros has been spent on the first phase of supplying equipment and furniture for the hospital's current needs.
In the coming months, once the pandemic situation has subsided, the new hospital will open its doors definitively to provide care for more than 100,000 residents of the westernmost part of the Costa del Sol, which includes the municipalities of Estepona, Manilva, Casares, Gaucín, Genalguacil and Jubrique, as well as the large number of holidaymakers who visit the area every year.
The mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, described it as "one of the most important days in the history of the town".
"The town hall prioritised this investment, setting aside 16 million euros to build this hospital," he said.