The Spanish health-care system is the top in Europe for service and is very good. Most hospitals are modern and well-equipped and the doctors and paediatricians are excellent. There are a few differences in policy between the British and Spanish health systems, but overall they are very similar. The biggest difference is the level of nursing care available in Spain. While Spanish nurses are well-trained and efficient, they simply do not perform many of the duties carried out by British nurses, and many tasks (particularly personal care and feeding) are carried out by the patient’s family instead. All hospitals allow one companion to be with the patient 24 hours a day. Visiting times vary for other visitors.
If you are planning to live in Spain then do remember that many medical staff do not speak English, even in resort areas. In some tourist towns a voluntary translation service is available for doctor’s appointments, but that will not be available at all times. It is a good idea to find out whether or not such a service exists in your local medical centre when you first arrive in Spain, and if so, at what times it operates.
The emergency phone number in Spain is 112