There is less left and no delays are expected for what will be the reference hospital for the health area. The president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, has reported this Monday that the construction works of the Gran Montecelo hospital, in Pontevedra, are advancing “on time”, so it is expected to be ready between “the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024 ». This was stated in a visit to the works, where he advanced that this hospital will be equipped with new equipment that will prevent the nearly 500 patients from the area who travel to Vigo each year to receive radiotherapy from being able to carry out their treatment in Pontevedra. That will be "the spearhead of all the improvements that are going to be here," according to Europa Press.
The Ministers of Health and Infrastructure, Julio García Comesaña and Ethel Vázquez, as well as the Mayor of the city of Lérez, Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, also participated in the visit. Comesaña underlined how “fast” the works are advancing, which began just over a year ago —in May 2021—, beyond difficulties such as the supply crisis and the transport stoppage. Both he and Rueda thanked the "collaboration" of the Pontevedra City Council for issues such as water supply and taking care of access roads.
These works, which will serve an area of 26 municipalities with almost 300,000 inhabitants during "the next 50 years", will focus on their next step in the construction of the new 'Z'-shaped hospitalization tower, the most characteristic element of the infrastructure. The performance of Gran Montecelo will imply 74% more surface area; two new buildings and a hospitalization block; 120 beds, 53 consultations and three more operating rooms; and an increase of 49% in day hospital posts and 92% in emergency posts. In addition, Rueda confirmed that there will be a public car park to "meet the needs" and Comesaña indicated that "there are several alternatives", with an outdoor part and "it is likely that a part will be covered."