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 Agencia Sanitaria Costa del Sol; a public company on behalf of the (SAS) Andalucian Health Service. 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 Agencia Sanitaria Costa del Sol's website (in Spanish) is at www.hcs.es and the hospital's website is at www.hospitalcostadelsol.com which includes 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. Work stopped in 2010 and restarted in 2019. Currently only part of the extention to be opened is the underground car park.
Parking next to the hospital is severely limited there is a open air free public car park to the west of the building. The 1.000 place underground car park used to cost 2.10€ for the first hour and then 1.55€ per hour after that. However in 2019 it became free and is expected to remain to during the construction works of the hospital extention above the car park.
There is a regular bus service to and from the bus stand located outside the main out-patients entrance. Stop number 20551. This is served by the Marbella municipal bus services lines 6 (Cabopino - la chapas - Hospital Costa del Sol - Centre - La Cañada) 12 (Hospital Costa del Sol Centre - Nueva Andalucia) and 13 (Hospital Costa del Sol Centre - San Pedro).From this stop the L-77 service, twice a day from Casares and Estepona bus station.
At the roundabout by the over bridge 100m east of the hosital is stop 84431 called 'Rotonda Hospital Costa del Sol' the frequent stopping Fuengirola - Marbella centre - Marbella bus station service operates stopping in both directions.
There is a taxi rank located outside the main out-patients entrance.
Private 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.