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Step-by-step Guide to Seeing a Doctor in the Canary Islands

April 20, 2016 |

Do you want to know how to make an appointment with a GP? Or, in an emergency, how to call an ambulance to a public hospital? Look no further! The British Consulates in Gran Canaria and Tenerife have written this practical guide to receiving medical assistance in the Canary Islands. Sadly, time and again we assist British nationals who find themselves in difficult circumstances which could otherwise have been avoided. So don’t let it happen to you! Download the guide and share it with your friends.

This is what the guide looks like:


From: The British Consular team for the Canary Islands





  1. Marilyn Wall

    My mother is 90 and is coming out to live in Lanzarote to be near her family, will she be covered medically?

    • The Healthcare Team

      Hi Marilyn,
      Thank you for posting a comment. If your mother is a UK state pensioner she can apply for an S1 form in order to access public healthcare in Spain. Please view this page of our website for instructions on how to do that.

  2. British Consulates in the Canary Islands

    Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback on this guide. Two points particularly worth noting are that if you are not confident speaking Spanish it is always advisable to take an interpreter and that if you are on holiday you should make sure you have both a valid EHIC card and adequate travel insurance cover. We have updated the guide to include these and other suggestions.

    British Consulates in the Canary Islands

  3. I have downloaded the guide but the ‘click on here’ does not work. How can I get these links please? Thank-you

    • The Healthcare Team

      Thank you Karen and Peter for letting us know that the hyperlinks were not working. We have now fixed the problem.
      We hope that you find this guide useful.

      The Healthcare Team

  4. Peter Timothy

    the click on ‘here’ does not work