Hospital COSTA DEL SOL - MARBELLA
The Costa del Sol Hospital, on the main A-7 coast road 7km east of Marbella center, is one of the best-equipped hospitals in Spain. Inaugurated in December 1993, the hospital is run by an independent company on behalf of the (SAS) Andalucian Health Authorities. It was set up as a pilot scheme to improve the efficiency and quality of services, under a modern structure or organisation.
It has 400 beds and on average, around 100 healthy babies are born there every month. There are often voluntary interpreters on hand to help British and other nationalities communicate with the medical staff. With at least 15% of patients being non-Spanish speakers, this is considered a necessity for the smooth running of the hospital.
Special resources are laid on in summer when the average number of emergencies increases from 140 to 355 a day. The health authorities website (in Spanish) is at www.hcs.es and the hospital's website is at www.hospitalcostadelsol.com include a useful explanatory patients guide.
It has a large out-patients department (on the coast road side of the building) and a 24 hour accident and emergency department (on the mountain side of the building).
In 2008 the extension was started that will, on completion, offer another 150 beds and a number of other specialist units. Currently only part of the extention to be opened is the underground car park.
Parking next to the hospital is severely limited. There are a number of free rough terrain overflow car parks availaible down hill to the west a few hundred meters away. Consider dropping patients off at the main entrance before parking. The underground car park costs 2.10€ for the first hour and then 1.55€ per hour after that.
There is a regular bus service from Marbella bus station and special twice daily bus services from Estepona and other towns and villages in the area.
hospitals NearbyPrivate hospitals on the Costa del Sol with 24 Emergency departments department are the Hospital Hospitén Estepona, and Hospital Quiron Marbella (formerly known as USP) and Xanit Hospital International in Benalmadena.