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Category: Health and Safety

The Spanish Health Care System

The Spanish Healthcare System You need to make sure you are correctly registered for healthcare as a resident in Spain. You can read the NHS’s guidance on who is able to access healthcare in Spain and how to register. If you are resident in Spain, you should not be using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from…
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Cyclists don´t feel safe using the New Bike Lanes

Cyclists Don´t feel safe using the New Bike Lanes Cyclists in the region do not feel safe when using the bike lanes in towns such as Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi and Altea. They emphasize that not being well delimited makes them feel insecure and stress that in areas such as La Vila Joiosa and La Nucía  they…
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 Woman almost lost her leg after being bitten by unknown bug in Benidorm

Woman almost lost her leg after being bitten by unknown bug whilst on holiday in Benidorm Faye Wilkes, 41, from Dartford was sunbathing by the pool when she felt a sharp nip and she swiped a bug off her left foot. A red mark instantly appeared, but the personal assistant thought nothing of it and…
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Weather warnings – More Heavy Rain due

Weather warnings – More Heavy Rain due Official YELLOW alerts are now in place for heavy rain from Monday Updates 20th October –  As reported by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) for Monday starting at 8:00 pm, the yellow alert level has been decreed in these areas, which will be maintained until midnight on Tuesday , for accumulated rainfall of 20 liters per meter…
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Living or moving to Spain, Official Guidance

Living in Spain Official information British people moving to or living in Spain need to know, including guidance on Brexit, residency, passports and healthcare. All information is provided by the gov.uk. Last updated 29 August 2019 This page tells you what to do ahead of the UK leaving the EU. It will be updated if anything changes, including…
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WHAT YOUR E.H.I.C CARD COVERS YOU FOR IN SPAIN

WHAT YOUR E.H.I.C CARD COVERS YOU FOR IN SPAIN 10th October – Update for use of the EHIC card and S1 form (Healthcare in Spain after Brexit) The UK and Spain have each taken steps to ensure that people living in each country can continue to access healthcare as they do now until at least…
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YES there are officially more mosquitoes in the area

YES there are officially more mosquitoes in the area Lots of people have been suffering with more mosquito bites than normal for this time of year, this is all due to the recent rains of the Gota Fria and the rise in temperatures, where the heat has accelerated the natural cycle of the insect. Information…
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Getting a Tattoo on Holiday

Getting a Tattoo on Holiday One of our most asked questions on the Benidorm Seriously Facebook group, is where to get a tattoo done whilst here in Benidorm, so here are some tips and safety guidelines. The healing process takes about 4-6 weeks. Get your tattoo done towards the end of your holiday to give…
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Live weather updates for the Region Today

Live weather updates for the Region Today 14th September NOTE:  For those not familiar with the term Gota Fria (Cold Drop), this is a visual explanation of the difference between a gota fria and heavy rain Our thanks to Tony’s Exchange for the video Please note this page will be updated as events arise. Although Benidorm has…
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Bad weather alert activated for the Valencia Region

Bad weather alert activated for the Valencia Region 23.00, 12th September – The worst is yet to come: Red alert in almost the entire Community for tomorrow The storm of rain and wind that hits Valencia and Alicante and that has caused the overflow of the Clariano river in Ontinyent , as well as flooding in numerous municipalities in the south…
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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes – Advice from the Family Medical Centre, Albir  There are estimated to be millions of people with undiagnosed Diabetes, are you one of them? Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.…
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Mosquito Facts and the Best Repellents

Mosquito Facts and the Best Repellents Here are a few interesting mozzie facts – Most mosquitoes, buzz in the key of C. They buzz round your head as they are attracted to the carbon dioxide you breath out. Only females bite. The noise comes from their wing beats and it their way of attracting the…
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The regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm

22nd August – Segway and Scooter regulation comes into affect in Benidorm from today The regulations are already effective and require people to have mandatory civil liability insurance and wear a helmet in all cases,  In addition lights and a bell must be fitted. They will not be allowed on the public pavements but are…
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Dangerous Creepy Crawlies in Spain

Dangerous Insects & reptiles in Spain  The page has been kindly sponsored by the Blues Brothers Experience Benidorm Bees, Hornets and Wasps etc The sting from any of these insects can be very painful. Try to withdraw the sting immediately but do not use tweezers because squeezing or pressing the sting can inject more poison into the…
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All about Prickly Heat

All about Prickly Heat PRICKLY HEAT also known as miliaria rubra, is an itchy rash of small, raised red spots that causes a stinging or prickling sensation on the skin. Prickly heat can develop anywhere on the body, but it usually appears on your face, neck, back, chest or thighs a few days after exposure to hot temperatures. The rash is made…
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Benidorm Beach Vendors

Benidorm Beach Vendors As the sun comes out and the beaches starts to get busy, the beach vendors start to become more noticeable and we have already had some posts on the Benidorm Seriously Facebook Group. These people will walk along the beach trying to sell you bottles of water, mixed cocktails, sangria and slices…
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New Jellyfish App Available

New Jellyfish App Available The Medusapp is used to report the presence of jellyfish and provide information about each species in the area, it has already recorded 1,300 sightings. Links to the App can be found here and are in Enlglish as well https://medusapp.net/ Medusapp logo Just a few weeks ago 2 of Benidorms beaches…
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Two people rescued on local beaches yesterday

Two people rescued on local beaches yesterday A 70 year old man in Benidorm and a woman of 84 in Santa Pola were both treated for symptoms of drowning Health officials yesterday rescued two people with symptoms of drowning one on Poniente beach, Benidorm and the other at Santa Pola.  The man on Poniente beach…
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Beware the Bloodsucking Fly

Beware the Bloodsucking Fly Due to the recent hot weather the Black Fly (Mosca chupasangre) also known as the Bloodsucker Fly has become more prevalent throughout Spain, with the area of the River Ebro particularly affected at the moment but historical records have been broken in the number of cases registered in the country and…
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Recommended Insurance Companies for Pre existing medical conditions

Recommended Insurance Companies for Pre existing medical conditions This is one of our most frequently asked questions on the Facebook Group, so below are our members recommendations for Insurance companies that will cover pre-existing medical conditions. Brexit and insurance – updated 6th January 2019  For people visiting the EU, we recommend buying travel insurance to…
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Extreme heat alert in the province from noon tomorrow

Extreme heat alert in the province from noon tomorrow (Sunday) – Heat Wave number two for this year. Keep up to date with the daily weather HERE A wave of dry Saharan air will raise the maximum temperatures in the Southern Costal Strip to 38ºc from Mid-day Sunday 7th July.  Temperatures are expected to reach…
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How To – Keep cool during the Spanish Summer Months

Keep cool during the Spanish Summer Months Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn’t just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long. Stay out of the sun while it’s at its hottest. This commonsense approach isn’t always easy…
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Summer Heat – Keeping your dogs happy and healthy in the heat

Summer Heat – Keeping your dogs happy and healthy in the heat Summer Heat – Follow the 5 second rule when walking your dogs The Guardia Civil warn about the danger to dogs paws when walking in hot weather. Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. As a general rule, if it’s too hot for your hand…
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Stay Safe in the Sun

HOT WEATHER  YOUR GUIDE TO STAYING HEALTHY AND HAPPY IN THE HEAT Heat is the number one weather-related killer.  When the body heats too quickly to cool itself safely, or when you lose too much fluid or salt thorough dehydration or sweating, your body temperature rises and heat related illnesses may develop. Don´t let these…
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