Casa de Saúde S. João de Deus - Funchal

A Psychiatric, Mental Health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Healthcare Centre located on the Island of Madeira, on the outskirts of the City of Funchal. It was officially opened in August 1924.

Services / Specialities

Acute Psychiatry - Short-term Hospitalisation


The main purpose of the St. Joseph Unit is to provide health care to people with mental illnesses in crisis, caused by situations of first outbreak of mental illness, recurrence or decompensation. All the intervention aims at clinical stabilisation, acquisition of skills to deal with the health condition and the earliest possible return home, based on an intervention project called "the first step towards rehabilitation".

Here, a therapeutic plan is started or restarted that completes the work of psychosocial rehabilitation with interventions in the areas of psycho-education (to the patient and family) and personal development; cognitive stimulation; training in personal and social skills; time management; recreational activities; family intervention; prevention of relapse and promotion of therapeutic adherence.

Psychiatry - Medium and long-term care



The St. John of God Unit serves patients with long-term mental illness, with locomotor disabilities, who need partial help in performing their ADLs and with little potential for rehabilitation training.


The activities developed aim at maintaining and developing personal and social skills in order to facilitate a possible return home or referral to other specific services.



The Brother Pimenta Unit works with more autonomous patients, with the potential to develop full autonomy capabilities and move on to more advanced rehabilitation projects.


We put in place a programme of activities aimed at developing personal and social skills, with training in home management and self-care.




The Brother Manuel Maria Unit serves patients with long-term mental illness, who lead a semi-independent life, subject to frequent crises and with little potential for systematic rehabilitation training. The activities developed are aimed at maintaining and developing their personal and social skills.




The St. Lucas Unit serves patients with a long-term mental illness, with serious intellectual deficits, who need total help in performing their ADLs, and with little possibility of social reintegration.

Geriatric Psychology



Dr. João Almada Geriatric Psychology Unit is intended for patients with a high degree of physical and psychosocial dependence, with little possibility of developing autonomy, with pre-senile and dementia conditions. The activity plan is based on care to prevent or delay the development of dependence, as well as to prevent the worsening of the disease. It can accommodate 20 patients.

Alcohol Dependence


The St. Richard Pampuri Recovery Centre started its activity in November 1979, being currently the only unit in the Autonomous Region of Madeira specifically for the treatment of people with a history of alcohol abuse and dependence. Its main objective is to treat people with a history of alcohol dependence through detoxification and psychological, family and social rehabilitation.

Its interdisciplinary intervention is based on a four-week programme, which includes group dynamics, psychoeducation and personal development, with the following objectives: acquisition of knowledge about the condition; motivation for treatment; promotion of physical recovery; training in personal and social skills; cognitive stimulation; promotion of movement/relaxation; improvement of self-esteem; promotion of social reinsertion; training in problem/conflict resolution strategies; promotion of self-help groups; promotion of socialisation.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Residential



The Coragem Unit serves people with a high degree of psychosocial disability, clinically stabilised, unable to be treated at home due to the absence of adequate family or social support, with the objective of providing care that prevents or delays the worsening of the situation of dependence.

Its specific objectives are training of skills in activities of daily life, promotion of socialization, integration of patients in occupational therapy activities and workshop; promotion of skills aimed at improving the quality of life and increasing the performance of daily activities, aiming at their progression to units with a lower degree of psychosocial disability.



The Caminho Unit serves people with moderate degree of psychosocial disability, clinically stabilised, unable to be treated at home due to the absence of adequate family or social support, without a response of social insertion in the short or medium term.

Its specific objectives are promotion of skills for improving quality of life and performing activities of daily living, medication management, money management, time management, use of community resources; promotion of socialization and problem-solving skills, integration in occupational therapy activities. The achievement of these objectives is related to the transfer to a residence with a higher level of autonomy.



The Lucena Residence is an intra-institutional residence and is intended for the development of psychosocial rehabilitation programmes for people with moderate and reduced degree of psychosocial disability, clinically stabilised with some retained functionality.

Its main purpose is to prepare patients for their return home, or the transition to another residence with a higher degree of functional autonomy, through the learning of knowledge and competences that facilitate the adoption of more adaptive behaviours in order to promote, through self-determination, an increase in global functioning and a greater capacity to solve problems.



The Elvira Residence is intended for the development of psychosocial rehabilitation programmes for people with moderate and low levels of psychosocial disability, clinically stabilised and with some retained functionality.

Its main objectives are maintenance of the quality of life, preparation of patients for their return home or the maintenance of the links with the home; transition to another residence with a greater degree of functional autonomy; maintenance of the skills acquired throughout the rehabilitation process, and promotion of skills in the areas of socialisation, communication and conflict resolution, in order to promote, through self-determination, an increase in global functioning and a greater capacity to solve problems.




The Estrelícia Residence serves people with a low degree of psychosocial disability, clinically stabilised, without adequate family or social support. Its purpose is to provide residential support, integration in socialisation and training activities or employment, promoting a better quality of life and greater social participation.

Its objectives are promotion of increased autonomy and quality of life; community reinsertion and the appropriate use of resources; promotion of disease awareness and responsibility for one's own treatment; self-management of leisure activities and promotion of increased self-esteem and self-determination.

General Integrated Continued Care

The Blessed Juan Jesús Adradas Unit is intended for the hospitalisation of people of both genders in Integrated Continued Care, focusing its assistance on improving the quality of life, inclusion and autonomy of patients, contributing to their social and mental well-being, guided by an intervention that includes a psychosocial, preventive and rehabilitative component and long-term care. This ensure the continuity of health care and social support, promoting autonomy, maintenance and recovery of functionality.

Home Care



To provide health care in the area of mental health and psychiatry, in a home environment, to people with serious mental illnesses and their families.


  • Help those affected by mental illnesses and their family at home;
  • Cultivate skills in the person with illness and in the family;
  • Identify early warning signs and customise the interventional response;
  • Prevent relapse and readmission;
  • Equip/skill the person for full social reintegration;
  • Improve the quality of life of patients and informal carers.


  • ≥ 18 years of age of both genders
  • Residents of the Santo António parish
  • People with mental disorders in need of psychotherapeutic interventions
  • People without developmental disorders (intellectual disabilities).
  • People without Organic Mental Disorders

Maximum number of patients treated during one year: 15 patients

Referral Form (download).

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Patient Admission

We welcome all people who need treatment for acute and/or long-term mental illnesses, addictions and psychosocial rehabilitation.

When the patient arrives at the Health Centre, they should go to the administrative area in order to be admitted. Patients are then welcomed by a nurse who will inform them of everything they need to know about their stay at the institution.

Documents required:

  • Medical certificate for hospitalisation (issued by a psychiatrist - public health system or private health insurance) with the clinical status and therapeutic proposal for hospitalisation;
  • Identity Card or Citizen Card;
  • Health System Card.

What patients should bring

  • Medications taken at home, prescribed by a doctor, should be given to the nurse on duty;
    Recent medical examinations and information (e.g., laboratory tests, X-rays, ultrasound scans, electrocardiograms, etc.);
  • Personal belongings such as pyjamas, slippers, underwear, and clothes for daily personal use and some toiletries;
  • We are not responsible for our patients' personal laundry. We kindly ask our patients' caregivers / family members to do so.


What patients should avoid bringing

We advise you not to bring any valuables (such as money, jewellery, watches, mobile phones, etc.). If you have no other option, please hand them over to your family members or to the nursing staff who attend you, so that they can take care of them. We shall only be responsible for the objects handed over to us.


EQUASS Assurance certifies the St. John of God Health Centre in Social Services system in the following areas:

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Service: Residential and Occupational Areas;

Alcohol Dependence Service: St. Richard Pampuri Recovery Centre for Alcoholics.

About Us

About us

St. John of God Health Centre - Funchal assists all male patients from RAM and others who are temporarily residing or visiting. It also assists female patients at the St. Richard Pampuri Recovery Centre for Alcoholics and the General Integrated Care Unit.

Its staff consists of around 200 employees, including technical and non-technical staff. It has 300 beds, distributed by several units: Acute Unit, Alcohol Dependence Centre, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Units, Prolonged Evolution Units, Geriatric Psychology Unit and General Continued Care Unit. It also has an Autonomous Mental Health Residence in the community.

Multiple interventions are developed in this health centre in Prevention/Promotion, Treatment, Recovery and Rehabilitation of people with physical and mental illnesses. We also pay special attention to family members, the community, partners and other stakeholders.

The St. John of God Health Centre - Funchal is attentive to demographic, social and family transformations and sensitive to new needs, and is available to create new services in partnership, both in the health and social fields.

We value our internal and external social responsibility. Internally, we pay special attention to principles such as leadership, rights, ethics, human resources, orientation towards results and continuous improvement, a client-centred approach in a comprehensive and participative manner. Externally, in addition to contributing to the re-establishment of health and social reintegration of people with mental illnesses, we carry out annual health education courses, towards the prevention of addictions, aimed at the school community, the Social Security Centre and institutions whose mission is focused on the social and health area.

The St. John of God Health Centre has cooperation agreements with the Regional Government of Madeira, Madeira's Social Security Institute, the ADSE, ADM, ADMG subsystems and the Ministry of Justice.

Senior Management

Director: João Eduardo Freitas Lemos

Administrative and Financial Director: Luís Miguel Xavier Riberio

Clinical Director: Luís Filipe Santos Fernandes

Director of Nursing: Manuel António Batista Freitas

Responsible for the Health and Social Ministry and Animation: Rute Marina Sá Freitas

Superior of the Community: Ir. Luís Vieira da Silva


The St. John of God Health Centre-Funchal has the following staff members:

Doctors: Psychiatrists, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Neurology

Nurses: Mental Health, Community Health, Rehabilitation, Medical-surgical


Social workers

Occupational Therapist

Physical therapist

Social educator

Occupancy monitors



Maintenance technicians


Madeira, known as the pearl of the Atlantic, is an island with fabulous landscapes admired by men, because there is still no human endeavour that can equal that of nature. In fact, amidst its green fields, the colours of the most varied and rare flower species, the azure blue sea and the shadows cast by the mountains, we find what makes this island in the middle of the ocean, something of a paradise. Until a few decades ago, it was difficult to get around Madeira. Some places could only be reached by sea. That was how the brave Brothers who founded the St. John of God Health Centre found this land.

Not going into detail about Quinta do Trapiche, it is worth mentioning that this appears to refer to the 18th century. The Quinta belonged to the Gouveia family who built a manor house.
In 1907, its owner, Ms. Maria Paula Rego, had promised the Bishop of Funchal, Manuel Agostinho Barreto, to offer it to the Order of St. John of God, so that the Brothers could come and found a Health Centre for the mentally ill. When the Hospitaller Brothers, contacted by the Bishop, came to the island to talk to the lady, she informed them that she had changed her mind. In fact, she had been influenced by some Freemasons (they had spoken to her about the increasing dangers of Jesuitism in Madeira).

In 1920, Brothers Elias Pereira de Almeida and Manuel Maria Gonçalves returned to the island because the General Council was discussing the possibility of the Order of St. John of God taking charge of the Câmara Pestana Asylum. This sparked a polemic and nothing was achieved. The religious Brothers returned to mainland Portugal, as in 1907, without success. As the Bishop of Funchal was willing to assign part of Quinta do Trapiche to the Brothers, whichh had been donated to the diocese by Ms. Maria Paula Rego, on 22 February 1922, Brothers António Maria Rodrigues (a Madeira native) and Manuel Maria, who was to become the first Superior of the Trapiche health centre, set sail for Funchal. On the pretext of raising funds for Telhal, they went to study the possibility of founding the institution.

The first patient was admitted on 19 October 1923. On 21 May 1924, the Trapiche Health Centre received 38 patients, men who were inpatients of the Câmara Pestana Asylum. In fact, the day before, an agreement had been signed between the General Council of the District of Funchal, the governing entity of the Region of Madeira and the St. John of God Health Centre, according to which the Brothers committed to receive the male patients of the Asylum, as well as all those sent by the General Council.

The payment made allowed the Brothers to meet all the needs and costs for the care of patients.

At the time, access was difficult and the Trapiche Health Centre is located on a high hill. Patients were transported by bus as far as possible. Those who were fit enough, climbed the hill on foot. Other patients would be carried uphill on the backs of the Brothers of St. John of God. It is worth mentioning Dr. João Francisco de Almada, who contributed in a valuable manner to the foundation of the St. John of God Health Centre, and was its first Clinical Director.

On 10 August 1924, the St. John of God Health Centre was officially opened, with the Eucharist being celebrated by the then Provincial, Father Juan Jesús Adradas (Spanish Brother) and the Bishop of Funchal, Manuel Pereira Ribeiro, giving the homily. We cannot fail to underline how difficult life in Trapiche was at that time.

The poverty in which the Brothers lived, the distance they were from everything (to go to the city of Funchal, they had to take shortcuts on foot, as cars could not get there), the lack of drinking water. Finally, the people of Madeira, in a true example of solidarity, helped them a lot.

The pilgrimages and the donations they brought, the supply of water springs above Sítio do Trapiche, made it possible for their work to continue, for the sick to be looked after and for the Brothers to feel happy in the experience of Hospitality in this region. The people of Madeira were generous towards the St. John of God Brothers, having contributed important resources so that they could multiply the gifts they wanted to share in the service they had chosen: love, charity, dedication and selflessness for the relief of those suffering. The materials for the first buildings were carried on their backs because there was no alternative; there were no roads and the terrain was very steep.

As a curiosity, it is worth highlighting that the greates number of patients that ever lived in this Health Care Centre was 506 people in 1976.

We all wish that the St. John of God Health Centre continues to be worthy of its history and of the work of the Brothers, and of those who continue its work to this day, Brothers, collaborators, volunteers and benefactors.


  •  Telefone

    (+351) 291 741 032

  •  Morada

    Caminho do Trapiche (Caixa postal 4376)

    9020-126 FUNCHAL

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