Eleven years of service to the community

QUALITY SERVICE: Torrevieja Hospital celebrates another year of treating thousands of patients. Photo credit: Torrevieja Hospital

NOVEMBER 21, 2006 was a significant date in the history of Torrevieja.  It marked the opening of the Torrevieja Hospital and on Tuesday celebrated its 11th anniversary.

Over the intervening 11 years, it has gained a reputation as being one of the very best hospitals not only in the Alicante province but across Spain as a whole.  It has achieved operating waiting times three times less than any other hospital in the Valencian Community with an average of 41 days compared to 103 elsewhere.

In pure figures, since it’s been open the Torrevieja Hospital has carried out 180,000 surgical operations, attended to 800,000 admissions to the accident and emergency department and delivered more than 14,000 babies.

Department of Health Manager in Torrevieja, Dr José Antonio Velasco, emphasised the high degree of standards and professionalism that the team at the hospital has displayed over the years to enable it to reach the heights it has.  He recognised the appreciation of patients, visitors and the professionals on the services provided by the hospital and said, “It’s a pleasure for me to have been part of this team from the beginning and to witness at first hand the incredible achievements of these 11 years.”

Torrevieja Hospital was originally built due to the increased population in the area – mainly made up of foreign nationals – and since opening has given patients access to high quality and specialist services without having to travel into Alicante, Orihuela, Elche or even further away for their treatment.

Every patient staying in the hospital on the day of the anniversary received a special get well card, and members of staff were also given a special memento.

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