Council ready to award health centre project
By Nuria Pérez A TOTAL of €331,148 has been stumped up by the council for the health centre project in Pinar de Campoverde.
It was put out to tender at the beginning of October and 10 companies have submitted bids to rebuild and extend the existing GP practice and turn it into a small health centre for the village.
Pilar de la Horadada’s councillor for health Mayte Valero told Costa Blanca News that council officers are assessing the bids and the contract will be adjudicated in around two weeks’ time.
She admitted it is unclear when the works will start because several administrative procedures must be completed first.
According to Sra Valero, premises in the Europa building near the roundabout at the entrance to Pinar de Campoverde are being adapted to temporarily house all medical and nursing services.
Sra Valero pointed out that the revamp and extension is planned to take around six months.
The existing surgery is situated on the ground floor of the former library in the centre of the village, but it is too small and cannot properly serve the 4,000 registered residents.
Some services such as blood extraction and the nebuliser are separated by a wooden screen.
The surgery building will be completely demolished except for the façade.
New pillars and load bearing walls will then be built.
The new health centre will have two floors, a room for emergencies and tests, two GP surgery offices, two surgeries for nurses and one for a midwife, a paediatrician surgery, a breastfeeding room and independent toilets for children, men and women and disabled people, amongst other services.
However, it is unclear whether additional medical workers will be posted to the new facilities.
Sra Valero said the council is providing the new building and it is down to the private healthcare company running Torrevieja hospital to employ staff and provide medical equipment.
A computer graphic of how the new health centre will look