After 29 March 2019 If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your access to healthcare when visiting Spain is likely to change. If you are planning to visit Spain on or after 29 March 2019, you should continue to buy travel insurance so you can get the healthcare treatment you need, just as you would if visiting a non-EU country. If you are using an EHIC issued by the UK, this will still be valid until 29 March 2019. The UK Government is seeking agreements with countries, including Spain, on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after 29 March.
This guide will be updated with further information on travelling to Spain as the circumstances change.
- Up until 29 March 2019
- If you need an Ambulance dial 112: if you say “English” a couple of times you will be passed to an English Speaking Operator.
- If you need to employ an interpreter during your doctor’s/ hospital visits please telephone (0034) 647057599
In the South of the Island of Tenerife, The Hospital del Sur (formerly known as El Mojon) has a 24 hour ER and Outpatients department for most disciplines except Onconology although there is a day hospital. This is also the site of the as yet unfinished Southern National Health Hospital which is still under construction. — Turn right off the road to Arona at the 1st Chayofa turn off – Look out for the Big Bird statue. Click for Directions in Google Maps.
Hospiten Sur (Note the difference in spelling to the National health Hospital) commonly called the Green Hospital and Hospital Adeje are both private but WITH A NH DOCTOR’s AUTHORISATION or if the Hospital del Sur’s ER is not equipped to deal with the seriousness of the case and when you arrive in an NH ambulance NOT a private Ambulance, then cases and often outpatients appointments and some tests will be “subcontracted out” by the National Health to the private sector.
Sometimes the NH case will be stablised at the private ER at Hospiten Sur in Las Américas and then transferred to the National Health Hospital in the North – Our Lady of Candelaria (This is NOT in the town of Candelaria by the way) see here for directions:
Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria – Ubicación y accesos
If from the UK and you are using a UK issued European Health Card during normal surgery hours (and assuming that it is not an Emergency) it is always best to start at your nearest NH GP/Health Centre. Always take your passport as well as the card. You may not get seen that day if it is not a serious case but will be given an appointment time to come back. You will also need to make a doctors appointment if you need NH prescriptions.
These will always be part of “The Servicio Canario de Salud” ie the Canarian National Health Service.
They are in Puerto Santiago, Tamaimo, Alcala, Playa San Juan, Guia de Isora, Adeje, Arona, Los Cristianos, Valle San Lorenzo, Cabo Blanco, Las Chafiras and El Fraile (amongst other places: see a map herecheck the CS (Centro de salud) and CL (Consultorio local) boxes and the locations will show on the map.
Some of the National GP/Health Centres have 24 hour cover also (usually at the side of the building). EG Arona, Los Cristianos, Alcala if you click on the locations on this map then you will see ATENCIÓN CONTINUADA / URGENCIAS if that centre has 24 hour cover.
You can also go to one of the CAE (ERs) see here This time check the CAE box.