ESTEPONA Council has announced that a third of its €15 million budget for the new state of the art hospital has been spent on the project.
Works on the foundations, structure and roofing of the building are already well under way, and builders have begun to focus on interior walls and piping.
Outdoor gardening work will begin shortly, and will be carried out in phases. Mayor Jose Maria Garcia Urbano said: “This hospital is becoming a reality, which will mean a huge leap in the quality of services that residents will receive.
“It will in turn allow us to continue to enhance the quality of life in Estepona.”
The works are expected to be completed in December and are being fully funded by the council, in collaboration with the Junta de Andalucia, which will be responsible for its maintenance costs.
Once it is up and running, the hospital will have the capacity to cater for around 80 per cent of residents in the area, who currently rely on the Costa del Sol Hospital.
This will amount to approximately 85,000 consultations, 91,000 emergency treatments and 4,000 operations every year.
The modern and technologically advanced hospital is likely to be a benchmark for the province, improving healthcare in a range of areas, as well as reducing waiting times and hospital stays.