Medical assistance in Benidorm – Where to go, what to go
Medical Assistance in Benidorm – Where to go, what to go…
Unfortunately even on holiday medical issues can arise, know what to do and where to go.
The most important thing you will need is your EHIC card, this is completely FREE so no excuses not to have one, double check that yours is in date before you travel. Not everything is covered by this card, but it will help you deal with emergencies and give you access to the Public Medical System here in Spain, of course what will happen to this after Brexit is still up in the air.
Just because you have an EHIC card does NOT mean you don´t need insurance……… Yes you do, make sure you have the correct type of insurance, always read the small print, as some will not cover you for Private treatment. click HERE if you need insurance which covers existing medical issues.
If you need emergency help –
Medical Care 24hrs: 900161161 or call 112
Disabled people can send a fax and an SMS to the National Emergency Numbers.
112 Calls are answered on average within 5 seconds.
WHERE TO GO IF YOU NEED A DOCTOR
Presuming you have all the above, ie EHIC card and insurance if you need to see a Doctor the first place you should go to is your Nearest Centro de Salud – click on the links for contact details and interactive maps.
New town – Centro de Salud Benidorm
La Cala – Centro de Salud, La Cala
These are all open 24/7, take with you your EHIC card, Passport and Insurance documents. The centres will then determine what treatment you need and depending upon your insurance will either send you to one of the Private Hospitals or the Public Hospital which is situated out towards Villa Joyosa.
Antibiotics are NO longer available over the counter and you now need a prescription so again one of the Salud´s is where you need to go.
Contact information for Hospitals
Public Hospital – Marina Baixa Hospital
If you are just generally feeling unwell then visit one of the many Farmacias in town, most if not all will have a member of the team that will speak English and they can be very helpful for help and advice.
I don´t have any insurance or EHIC card?
If you have non of the above, you can sometimes get an emergency EHIC card, but then dealing with the hospitals and Doctors can prove more difficult as all details of treatment need to be sent to the EHIC head office, treatment may have to be paid for first and then claimed back.
Your only other option is to pay to see a Private GP, there are a few private clinics in town but they wont all speak English, the ones below do.