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Gran Canaria Hospitals:
Which can be found by following signs with a big white 'H'.

If you need medical care, you don’t have to worry on Gran Canaria.

High quality medical care, both private and national, is offered by a wide selection of clinics and hospitals. The medical standard is in accordance with the European level.

One of the most modern clinical complexes is the Hospital Dr. Negrin in Las Palmas where among many other specialists Dr. Alfonso Medinar, one of the leading heart specialists of the world, is practicing.

The Canary Islands are not known for any special diseases and the worst you can get is a hangover from too much partying. But be aware of the risks from sunburn, dehydration or insect bites. The local chemist here sells, what you in the United Kingdom or other places would class as, prescription drugs over the counter.

You don't need to see a doctor or have a prescription before you buy many of them.

If you do buy medicines over the counter, make sure you read the information carefully on the packaging. If you can't find instructions in your language, have the information translated and if you're still in any kind of doubt, consult a medic before taking anything!

The best advice to give is be careful and take out a good travel insurance policy that covers your health whilst you're here and then you won't really have to worry too much.

Bring a few essentials with you, headache pills, something to settle the stomach, a tube of antiseptic cream and a couple of plasters.

Remember that many medical staff do not speak English, even in resort areas. Find out which medical centre your representative recommends and note its telephone number. This should be on display where you can always see it, usually next to reception.

All medical centres have someone on call 24 hours a day but again, their services aren't cheap so that's why a good insurance policy can be essential before you travel. Write down the emergency number and keep it with you at all times.

The Spanish health & hospital system works very differently from the UK system so I'd imagine from others as well. Getting emergency treatment or an ambulance from the National Health System isn't so easy and you should be using your private insurance anyway.

Before moving to Spain, you should make sure you apply for the new European Health Insurance card "Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea" (
EHIC), which replaces the old E1-11.

Application forms are available either at the Post Office, or at the
UK Department of Health website.


A EHIC will cover you for emergency healthcare treatment in Spain. It is really for tourists, but will ensure that you do not end up having to pay for treatment during your first few weeks or months in Spain.

Various other options are available if you are planning to retire to Gran Canaria, if you are unemployed before you leave the United Kingdom, if you are a student, or if you are self-employed and planning to work there for less than two years. See
The Department for Work and Pensions for details.

Private health insurance is widely available and on the coasts at least there are many schemes specifically aimed at British ex-pats. Do read your policy carefully though as you may find some things you will need are excluded. Some policies only cover you for emergency treatment in the home and/or an ambulance to the local hospital for example and you may find that you have to pay for the hospital treatment after you have received it.

The local chemists ("
Farmacia"), recognisable by a green cross sign, will have just about anything you may require and there is always one open 24 hours in each area. The location of the 'duty' chemist is indicated on every chemist’s door.

The hospitals in the north and the south of the island offer international standard. Below you’ll find an overview of the most important.

By the way: In case of emergency you can phone 112 and can request medical assistance, rescue services or police assistance in any of the towns or cities on Gran Canaria. Because of a really good network of hospitals and health centres, you can be sure to receive all the medical attention when needed.

If you find yourself in medical difficulties whilst on holiday and without the proper holiday insurance, you can phone the Medical Benefits Agency in the UK on +44 191 218 7547.

 
Hospital de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrin
C/. Barranco de la Ballena, s/n
35020 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Tel. 928 45 00 00
Fax. 928 44 91 00
  Hospital Insular de Gran Canaria
Avda. Dr. Pasteur 1
35016 Las Palmas
Tel. 928 44 43 44 / 928 31 30 33
Fax. 928 44 42 88 
     

Hospital Materno-Infantil
Avda. Marítima Sur
35001 Las Palmas
Tel. 928 44 47 77
Fax. 928 44 47 32

  Complejo Hospitalario Materno-Insular
Avda. Maritima del Sur
35016 Las Palmas
Tel. 928 44 45 00 / 928 44 40 00
Fax. 928 44 42 88
     
Hospital de San Roque
Cuesta Caraballo 11
35450 Santa María de Guía
Tel. 928 88 20 00 / 928 88 34 23 /
928 88 22 12
  Hospiten Clinica Roca
Avda. Tomás Roca Bosch s/n
35130 Puerto Rico
Tel. 928 76 90 04
Fax. 928 76 12 48
     
Hospital San Roque
Mar de Siberia 1
Urb. Meloneras 1
35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana
Tel. 928 06 36 00
  Hospital Clínica Roca
C/ Buganvilla 1
35100 San Agustín
Tel. 928 76 90 04
Fax. 928 76 12 48
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Hospial Ntra. Sra. del Pino
Angel Guimerá 93
Las Palmas
Tel. 928 44 10 00
  Hospital El Sabinal
Angel Gimerá  91-93
35014 Las Palmas
Tel. 928 44 10 00
Fax. 928 44 10 69

 

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