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Hospitals in Gran Canaria

European Health Card.

The European Health Card (EHIC) is available from UK post offices or online at This card replaces the E111 and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary because of either illness or an accident when visiting Spain or other countries within the EU.

This card is only valid within the NHS system and cannot be used in any private clinic or hospital. It does not replace travel insurance and does not cover repatriation or loss of baggage etc. Check your travel insurance policy as some demand that you have the EHIC as well as the insurance.

Health Centres (Centros de Salud)

In the south of Gran Canaria there are three NHS clinics:

Arguineguin, Centro de Salud

Mogan, Centro de salud

Maspalomas, Centro de salud. This is the main health centre for the south.

All clients have to be assessed in one of these clinics before they can be admitted to an NHS hospital.

Spanish is the spoken language with in the NHS hospital system, so do not expect anyone to be able to speak English. Take someone with you who can translate. There are some receptionists and some doctors who can speak English but you cannot guarantee that they will be there to attend to you.

NHS Hospitals:

hospital Negrin – mainly serves the North of the island.

hospital Insular – mainly for residents in the south of the island.

Both these hospitals are in the Las Palmas area.

The NHS hospital system does have a relationship with the hospital San Roque in Meloneras. Patients can be referred to this hospital from the Centro de Salud’. They do have a casualty department at this hospital but we are unsure if you can go directly there without a referral and use your EHIC.

Emergency Numbers. 112 – European phone number for all emergency services

All information on this page was supplied by Mary Beresford-Jones RGN (London)

No. Colegiado (Spanish nursing registration ) 671, of the:

British Medical Clinic
Avda Tomas Roca Bosch 4
Puerto Rico 35130
Gran Canaria
Tel 0034 928 56 00 16 hopes that you do not have to use your EHIC (formerly E111) or any hospital or Health centre, while you are on Gran Canaria , but if you do we hope that you have found this information useful.