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Category: Health and Safety

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Britons die after taking Spanish painkiller Nolotil

Britons die after taking Spanish painkiller Nolotil Update 13th November – Over 200 People who have been affected by the side effects of the painkiller Nolitil start a group action legal claim against the manufacturers and distributors.  The claim is for 500 MILLION euros. The Main Story At least 10 Britons have died after taking one…
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Benidorm´s British Business Association – BBBA

Benidorm´s British Business Association – BBBA Welcome all to Benidorm´s first ever British Business Association promoting Safety, Support ,Help and Family Values amongst not only our visitors but within our community . B.B.B.A is a Business Owners Association formed by British residents in Benidorm and the Surrounding areas. THE AIMS OF THE ASSOCIATION ARE- To…
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Crime in Benidorm

Crime in Benidorm Crime happens here in Benidorm the same as it does everywhere in the world, but it can have even more of an impact when people are on holiday, make sure you are fully insured to help lessen any financial losses. You will find all the information you need on any aspect of…
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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…
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WHAT YOUR E.H.I.C CARD COVERS YOU FOR IN SPAIN

TO APPLY FOR OR RENEW YOUR EHIC CARD ONLY EVER USE THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE. THIS IS A FREE CARD BUT SOME COMPANIES WILL TRY TO CHARGE YOU FOR THIS SERVICE, DO NOT USE THEM THE SPANISH HEALTH CARE SERVICE WHEN ON HOLIDAY NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS TO USING THE EHIC FROM JULY 2014 What does…
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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 Spanish Health Care System

UPDATE new ruling from 31st July Spain’s government has approved legislation restoring universal free health care to all residents, thus reversing a previous law passed by its conservative predecessor that had excluded some sections of society. Health Minister Carmen Montón has given the green light to a law that will guarantee universal health care to…
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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 up of tiny spots…
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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. You may need extra travel cover if you’re over 65 or if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Please note all the companies below also do “normal”…
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Dangerous Creepy Crawlies in Spain

Dangerous Insects & reptiles in Spain  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 skin. It is recommended that you scratch off the sting with your…
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Watch Out For Pine Caterpillars!

PROCESSIONARY PINE CATERPILLARS These Caterpillars (Thaumetopoea Pityocampa) may look cute and furry, but they are very DANGEROUS to children and especially dogs.  DO NOT TOUCH THEM. These are one of the most dangerous natural enemies to dogs and can be found all over Spain. Some have even made their way to parts of the UK:…
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Drink safely – Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol Poisoning We all like a drink but please be careful when in Spain, the measures are much larger and the temperature much hotter, so be aware of how much you are drinking.  If you have to go to hospital you may NOT be covered by your insurance so will have to foot the bill…
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Health advice from our experts – SCIATICA

Health advice from our experts – SCIATICA My sciatica isn’t getting better! After weeks or months with painkillers and anti-inflammatory treatment the pain is still there. It’s important to have a correct diagnosis to be able to assess the problem correctly. That is where most treatments fail before even starting. If you are suffering from…
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How to – Overcome your fear of flying.

How to – Overcome your fear of flying. Research shows around 25 per cent of people have a fear of flying, while for 10 per cent that fear is a phobia. According to 2016 figures, air travel is safer than it has ever been. Fear of flying can range from mild anxiety to downright debilitating,…
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Mobility Scooters and Servigroup Hotels

Mobility Scooters and Servigroup Hotels GENERAL HIRE CONDITIONS  Mobility Scooter Hire – Any users under the age of 55 will be required to show “proof” of disability or illness, not new rules, but they are being enforced more now. Also you may be asked to take a breathalyser test if you are driving erratically and…
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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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Farmacias/Chemists in Benidorm

Farmacias/Chemists in Benidorm FARMACIA TRAMOYERES 24 HOURS Av. del Mediterráneo, 29 966 81 26 08 FARMACIA EUROPA 24 HORAS BENIDORM Av. de Europa, 12 965 85 21 54 Farmacia Jose Pascual Navarro Cayuelas Av. Juan Fuster Zaragoza, 1 965 86 71 58 Saturday 9AM–2PM Sunday Closed Monday 9AM–8PM Tuesday 9AM–8PM Wednesday 9AM–8PM Thursday 9AM–8PM Friday 9AM–8PM Farmacia…
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AlertCops, citizen Safety apps for Mobile phones

AlertCops, citizen Safety apps for Mobile phones What is AlertCops AlertCops is a citizen security alert system of the State Law Enforcement Authorities (FFCCSE in Spanish) The goal is to create a universal access to every public citizen security service, so any person, regardless their language, origin or auditory or vocal disability, can send to…
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Headaches and Osteopathy

Headaches and osteopathy It is possible to get relief from headaches without having to take medication!! There are many different causes for headaches that range from muscular, vascular, psychological, emotional, etc. The most important thing is verifying what the cause of your headache is, and whether it may benefit from osteopathic treatment. In osteopathy, we…
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Warfarin (INR) Blood Testing in Benidorm

Warfarin (INR) Blood Testing in Benidorm Here are a couple of places you can attend to get your INR test – Information has been provided by Benidorm Seriously Facebook Members. Levante IMed Hospital Outpatients Department, Take your Passport, EHIC card and any insurance papers with you – Go in the main door walk past the…
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Protecting Your Valuables on the Beach

Protecting Your Valuables on the Beach 1.  Leave all valuables such as jewellery and expensive cameras in your hotel safe.  Only take one credit card, your photo copied I.D and the amount of cash you will need for the day. 2.  Try not to leave your belongings unattended on in plain sight on the beach…
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How to Ap­ply for a European Health Insurance Card in Spain

The “Tar­jeta San­it­aria Europea” is the Span­ish equi­val­ent of the European Health In­sur­ance Card If you are res­id­ent in Spain, have a Span­ish so­cial se­cur­ity num­ber and you are act­ively pay­ing your con­tri­bu­tions into the Span­ish So­cial Se­cur­ity sys­tem, you should ap­ply for the Span­ish equi­val­ent of the European Health In­sur­ance Card (EHIC) which is…
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Biting Midges – No-See-Ums

We have had a lot of complaints about people here in Benidorm being bitten the poor mosquito seems to be getting the blame, but at certain times of the year these bites are inflicted by a very small black fly. This fly is part of the Ceratopogonidae family, and due to their small size are…
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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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