In a statement, the CHUA indicated that the operation of the Gynecology and Obstetrics emergency service at the Hospital de Portimão will also be conditioned, operating during this period only for pregnant women up to 22 weeks.

According to CHUA, which includes the hospitals in Faro, Portimão, and Lagos, the lack of paediatricians led to a reorganisation of services articulated between the hospital units in Portimão and Faro for the year-end period.

It is a regional response articulated between its two hospital units, "in order to guarantee the best health care to the population, without the need to transfer to hospitals in other regions". Thus, says CHUA, between 9:00 am on Thursday and 9:00 am on January 2, care by specialist paediatric doctors “is ensured by the Paediatric Emergency Service of Faro”.