The delivery block at the Hospital de Portimão will operate, in the summer, with the help of specialist doctors and interns, coming from various institutions of the National Health Service (SNS), such as Hospital Senhora de Oliveira de Guimarães and Santa Maria (Lisbon) .
The decision is part of a specific contingency plan, outlined by the Executive Directorate of the National Health Service (DE-SNS), and announced this Sunday, June 4.
During the summer, from June to September, the birthing center in Portimão is closed two weekends each month.
Em Faro, the service works without interruptions, according to a plan that has already been presented.
According to the SNS Executive Directorate, «the contingency plan, which mitigates risk situations for pregnant women or children, as well as for the activity of professionals, preserving the highest safety and quality criteria, stems from meetings held between the DE- SNS, CHUA – Board of Directors, Clinical and Nursing Board, Gynecology/Obstetrics and Pediatrics/Neonatology Departments –, the Regional Health Administration of the Algarve, and INEM – National Institute of Medical Emergencies.
The limitations in the delivery block in Portimão, recognizes the DE-SNS, stem from the «inability» to provide pediatricians, «the result of absences due to parenting and imponderables motivated by illness».