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Hospital recommendation


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Hi, I need to have a small surgery, and wonder if anyone has a hospital (best in the Algarve) to recommend? Has anyone have a good experience, do they speak English, treat patients well?

I assume I will have to go private as I can't wait. I don't have any insurances, and even if I did they wouldn't cover it until I was with them for a year!

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Michael.

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Hi, as a private patient, I used the HPA Saude hospital at Alvor for a consultation and a very minor op. I guess it depends what type of op you need, mine was just a skin cancer thing. I presume not all hospitals do all ops. I don't have Pt health insurance so just paid, it wasn’t too expensive although I notice their prices have increased quite a lot in the last couple of years. 

I find them helpful, pleasant and virtually everyone spoke English, they were all incredibly multi-lingual. I go there for regular check ups now.

Only complaint about them is that they seem to have the slowest computer system in Portugal, which is saying something. You might find you lose the will to live while they wait and wait and wait for their computer to do something, anything at all, such as find your booking.HPA really need to invest in a new system. 

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@aspidistra 
Thank you!
I was already trying to contact HPA for an appointment, but their email is very slow takes a day to come back and only ask questions, and their phone number ( 282 420 400) is either engaged (dismissive call later message), or says various stuff in Portuguese.
Is there a better way to contact them in Alvor?

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I think the first time I contacted them I just went in and talked to reception and they got me an appointment. Then it gets a bit easier because you are on their system. Note that at reception they have one of those systems where you get a number from a machine and then wait like you are buying cheese or something.

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Also I googled for skin cancer specialists first, so I had the name for a consultant I wanted. Might be worth doing the same, work out which consultant you want to be under although they may not perform whatever op it is. 

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