There are a number of private hospitals and clinics along along the Costa del Sol. Hospital Hospitén Estepona on the A7 between Estepona and San Pedro town has a 24 hour emergency department. To the east of the centre of Marbella is the large Hospital Quiron Marbella (formelly known as USP) with separate outpatients and 24 hour emergency department. Xanit Hospital International has a modern Hospital in Benalmadena with clinics in Fuengirola and Malaga.
The quality of health care and hospital facilities in Andalucia (and throughout Spain) is generally of a high standard. Progress is always being made and in January 2005, it was announced that there was a 35% improvement in hospital service in Andalucia. There are excellent doctors, and highly trained Spanish medical staff.