The project presentation ceremony and the signing of the contract between the Lusíadas health group and the administration of the resort took place in the old Lusotur building, designed by the architect Francisco Keil do Amaral, where the new hospital will be installed, after "rehabilitation and construction" works.

"Hospital Lusíadas Vilamoura will reinforce the offer of health care in the most extensive and populous Algarve municipality and will contribute to the socio-economic development of the region, in a lasting and sustainable way", said the executive president (CEO) of Lusíadas Saúde, Vasco Antunes Pereira.

The mayor of Loulé, Vítor Aleixo, welcomed this "investment in a tourist area of ​​very high quality, which joins others already in operation in the area", and which will benefit the population of the entire county.

“This initiative will also benefit from public and private investments that are designed and being developed in the area of ​​active and healthy aging, which is a segment with a future and great opportunities", said Vítor Aleixo.

Out patient surgery

When operating at full capacity, the new unit will have the capacity to carry out each month around 4,500 consultations and 200 outpatient surgeries, according to data provided by the health group.

"Vilamoura has a year-round demand for a 'less resident' population and we consider that the [hospital offer, currently,] is insufficient", said Vasco Antunes Pereira.

According to Lusíadas Saúde, this 1,700-square-metre unit aims to respond to the interests and needs of the “resident and tourist” population, being the first hospital in the south of mainland Portugal “dedicated exclusively to outpatient surgery”.

"In terms of capacity, the unit will include permanent care, more than 20 consultation offices, treatment and examination rooms, operating and minor surgery rooms, a Gastroenterology unit and an Imaging area, equipped with specialised and cutting-edge technological equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography (CAT), X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, among others," according to a statement from the health group.