The British Consulates of Tenerife and Gran Canaria jointly created the attached guide to Healthcare in the Canary Islands for all British tourists, swallows and residents. It is hoped it will serve as a helping hand to anyone that needs medical assistance, whether in an emergency or otherwise.
The Consulate realises that calling an ambulance or making an appointment with a doctor when you don´t know the system or speak the language can be daunting at the best of times. Most residents and some temporary visitors to the Canary Islands are not covered by private insurance, but this should not stop anyone receiving medical assistance when needed.
Sadly, time and time again the Consulate assist British nationals who find themselves in vulnerable circumstances, which could otherwise have been avoided if they’d just had some basic knowledge about who to call in an emergency, how to set up a doctors’ appointment or even where the nearest public health centre is.
Today, this important information has been launched and is available to view and download at http://bit.ly/1XIjQfu
This is what the guide looks like: