1947- Inauguration of the Cologne Hospital

In that year, Portuguese legislation established the mandatory admission of infectious patients (Decree-Law Nº 36.450). The Hospital Colónia Rovisco Pais was inaugurated with a big ceremony on the 7th of September. The first patients arrived on October 1st. Inauguration video

1960 – Leprology Courses

In 1960, the International Leprology Course was held in Coimbra, under the auspices of the World Health Organization. The year 1963 marked the beginning of a series of Summary Leprology Courses, which started to be held every two years in the Hospital Colónia Rovisco Pais.

1960 – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The plastic surgery service was created at Hospital Colónia Rovisco Pais. One of the surgeons who developed this specialty in this hospital was Dr. João Veiga Vieira. In 1963 the number of interventions of this type was 95.