Every summer healthcare pressure on the Costa del Sol multiplies due to the arrival of tourists, and it something to which the coronavirus pandemic has only added.
To help remedy the situation the Junta de Andalucía will this Wednesday, 11 August, put out to tender major expansion works, worth around 51.7 million euros, at Marbella's Costa del Sol Hospital after more than 10 years of delays.
The regional government's president Juanma Moreno unveiled the latest plans last May when he visited the hospital together with the Junta's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, and the town mayor, Ángeles Muñoz. At that meeting, Moreno assured that «in a period of a year and a half, we will have this magnificent hospital facility at the service, not only of the residents of Marbella, but also of that floating population we have on the Costa del Sol.» A population of half a million inhabitants that has grown at a rate of 3 per cent in the last two years and that doubles during holiday periods.
The total investment is 75 million euros for an extension that will add 34,000 square metres of space, resulting in a total area of 83,000 square metres. The complete project includes both the new building, as well as the reforms to the existing facilities.
Outpatient clinics, day hospitals and diagnostic test departments will move to the new building. The number of beds will be increased by 62 and the intensive care unit will double its capacity. Improvements will be made to the emergency department with six more consultation rooms, two observation rooms and 29 beds. Four more operating rooms will also be added.