Palhaços d’Opital was founded on February 12, 2013 and was a pioneer in Europe to take the work and mission of Doctors Clown to Adults focusing on the Elderly, in a hospital environment. We make weekly visits to 5 Partner Hospitals: Matosinhos Local Health Unit, Coimbra IPO, Tondela Viseu Hospital Center, Figueira da Foz District Hospital and Baixo Vouga Hospital Center (Aveiro). Our team of Clown Doctors is composed of professional artists (Actors, clown’s, musicians, etc.), with stage experience and with specific training in clowning in the hospital environment. We do more than 250 hours of internal and external training. You can follow our work on our Social Media.

`` They are people who make us feel good! They manage to make a smile on our face, when the eyes want to cry! ``

Dr. Rui Miguel Cruz

Admin at Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz

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Hug an O’Opital


With the help of your company we can continue our misson in more hospitals. Sponsor a partner hospital for a month and see the name of your company associated with this cause. With this hug, the partner company is associated with all visits to that hospital during 30 days.

Hug a Clown


Sponsor a Clown d’Opital and help make those who need it the most smile . With the presence of your brand in all materials of Doctor Clown, the company finances the monthly visits of a Doctor Clown in all partner hospitals for 30 days.

 D’Opital Partner


A smile the size of your company.
Embrace this cause with a one time donation and help Palhaços d’Opital to make those who need it the most smile.

 D’Opital Friend


To support our cause you can become a partner at Palhaços d’Opital by paying an annual fee of 60 €.
This way you will be helping us to make the lives of hospital patients at a national level, happier.

Our Missions


Our Partner Hospitals

It is in hospitals that we act before the most challenging audience in the world. And how do we make those with no reason to smile, smile? Easy, we talk, sing, dance and share affections, stories and smiles.

Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João (CHUSJ)

The Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João (CHUSJ) is located in the city of Porto and provides direct assistance to the population of the parishes of Bonfim, Paranhos and Campanhã, within the municipality of Porto, as well as the municipalities of Maia and Valongo.

It also acts as a reference center for the districts of Porto (with the exception of the municipalities of Baião, Amarante and Marco de Canaveses), Braga and Viana do Castelo.

CHUSJ also acts as a reference for wider geographical areas, in the context of Hospital Referral Networks, or even for wider areas in specific cutting-edge areas, where it acts as a referral of excellence for patients from several other geographical areas.

The management activity of CHUSJ is structured at intermediate management levels. Intermediate management structures bring together services (which can be organized into functional units) and organic units that, in an articulated manner, contribute to the pursuit of established objectives.

Organic units are simpler structures than services, with specific functions, equipped with their own human and/or technical resources, not integrated into services.

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Unidade Local de Saúde de Matosinhos

Since 1999, the Matosinhos Local Health Unit (ULSM) stands out for its excellence in the provision of integrated health care, assuming itself as a reference for other health care providers. Pioneer and precursor, the oldest Local Health Unit in the country focuses on health promotion, in a global, integrated and personalized way, not only in health care at various levels, but also with the autarchy, schools and society bodies .

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Instituto Português de Oncologia de Coimbra

The Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Coimbra Francisco Gentil, E.P.E. (IPOCFG, EPE) is a hospital unit that integrates the health care network of the National Health Service and the type A platform of the oncology hospital referral network, which gives it top responsibilities in the diagnosis and treatment of oncological disease throughout the Central Region of Portugal, with an estimated population of two million inhabitants.

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Centro Hospitalar de Tondela – Viseu

The first Hospital in Viseu was the Hospital das Chagas, belonging to Misericórdia, the current building of the Public Security Police, established between 1565/1585 (?) By Gerónimo Braga and his wife Isabel de Almeida, near the church of S. Martinho (extinct) ), to treat patients who did not exceed three months of dressing. The support of the sick was left to the Santa Casa, as well as their admission.

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Hospital Cândido de Figueiredo – Tondela (CHTV, EPE)

The first Hospital in Viseu was the Hospital das Chagas, belonging to Misericórdia, current building of the Public Security Police, established between 1565 / 1585 (?) by Gerónimo Braga and his wife Isabel de Almeida, next to the church of S. Martinho (extinct ), to treat patients who did not exceed three months of treatment. The support of patients was the responsibility of the Santa Casa, as was their admission.

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Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga (CHBV)

In 1899 the land was acquired by “three euros” and on October 15, 1901 the first stone was laid for the construction of the new hospital. The works were concluded at the end of 1915, although in 1914 the first patients were received.

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Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz, E.P.E.

The history of the Hospital da Figueira da Foz goes back to 1839, where the first treatment unit emerged as part of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia founded on December 5th.

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Hospital Distrital de Águeda (Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, EPE)

A hospital is a healthcare establishment whose main objective is to provide healthcare 24 hours a day. Its activity is diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, which can be carried out on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Historically, hospitals emerged as places to welcome patients and pilgrims, during the Middle Ages.

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