The International Health Centre in Albufeira gives both residents and visitors peace of mind should they need medical assistance. The surgery offers general practice with English and Dutch doctors (also speaking Portuguese, French, Spanish and German) Dentist and Physiotherapist working every day during the week. The clinic is open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00 and 10.00 until 12 noon on Saturday, during the summer months (May until September inclusive).
The International Health Centres also offers a 24 hour on call service should you need a doctor out of surgery hours. Ring 00351 289588923 (24 hour number).
The surgery has 4 general practitioners: Dr Bernie Landau, Dr Steve Beck, Dr Helena Kampfraath and Dr Ana Rodrigues. A general practitioner (GP) is a medical doctor who treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to patients. GPs are skilled in diagnosis especially at an early stage of a condition. The surgery offers care to all age groups and is your family practice. A GP’s job is also to know when and where to refer you if you require further investigations or treatment. This will be co- ordinated by your doctor and they will arrange the secondary care treatment with the specialist and ensure continuity, however many things can also be treated at the surgery.
Should you require blood tests, ear syringe, or a general check-up, these can all be done at the clinic.
Minor surgery is also carried out at the clinic and includes suturing and removal of small moles or skin lesions which are also sent for biopsy where necessary. For patients who need regular monitoring of their INR (warfarin) levels we offer this without appointment during clinic hours. Flu jabs are given yearly, and we can add you to our list and contact you when they have arrived. This applies to residents and tourists alike. We also run a diabetic check clinic and well-woman clinic offering smear tests, menopause and contraception advice. This includes placing or removing coils or other implants. We can also offer cardiovascular risk management and eating disorder consultations.
For residents who may need to renew a passport or driving licence, we also offer this service together with work/insurance/sport related physicals. If you are going on holiday and need vaccination advice we can tell you what you need and order for you where required.
Our surgery is well located and is wheelchair friendly. Our nursing service offers blood pressure measurements, injections, dressings, and warfarin and blood sugar checks. The dentists work every week day morning and are also bi-lingual. They offer routine check ups, root canal treatments and work to your budget. Orthodontics and modern teeth straightening techniques are also available.
Our Dutch physiotherapist also works every week day morning and specialises in sports injuries and can scan on the spot to identify certain injuries.
For people travelling to Portugal for longer than one month we offer a special care card with reduced GP consultations. Call us or come in to the clinic for more details.