Seasonal medical outposts are back in action this weekend with 31 tourist beaches in the Algarve now covered by experienced medical staff.
The objective is “to respond to less serious medical conditions that can be treated on the spot, or, where necessary, to refer the patient to a more appropriate nearby health unit,” explained an Algarve’s health service statement.
These medical outposts will operate on beaches in the following Council areas; Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Lagos, Portimão, Silves, Lagoa, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira, Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António.
In the past, holidaymakers have received on site care for sunstroke, fractures, stings and small bruises, avoiding unnecessary travel to a health facility.
Staff examine patients and decide whether they need to be taken to a hospital or a nearby clinic.
Medical staff also can phone the national medical emergency service (INEM) line where trained staff will help diagnose problems.
This initiative is run by the Algarve’s health service and the Portuguese Red Cross.
The beach medical outpost service will run from 30 June to 16 September, with the opening hours from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (until July 15) and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (July 16 to August 31).
From 1 to 16 September, seven beachside medical stations will be in operation from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
There is a map showing the beaches where medical staff will be available through the summer: