Stay Healthy and Fit at Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has modern European Standard Medical facilities. Gran Canarias has an excellent choice of private and public health care facilities spread throughout the island.

There is an agreement amongst EU countries for their citizens to get Free medical facilities in Government run Clinics and Hospitals when overseas within Europe. Travellers from EU countries travelling out of their country of domicile can apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their country before travelling to Gran Canaria. This will entitle you to same medical rights as those offered to you in your country of domicile.

The EHIC card entitles the holder to necessary State Health Care in any country within the EEA as well as Switzerland. The EEA Agreement unites the 27 EU member states and the three EFTA EEA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). Irish travelers can apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) online at similarly UK travellers can apply for their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card online at  Quite often this point is ignored but it is important to note that in case of an emergency or  an accident state-provided emergency treatment is covered.




There are 3 large hospitals which are used in case of an grave emergency or any serious illness.  They are :

1)   Hospital Dr Negrin,

Address : C/ Barranco de la Ballena S/N, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tel : 928 45 00 00

2) Hospital Insular de Gran Canaria,

Avda Maritima del Sur S/N, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tel : 928 444000  / 500

Hopital Insular has a branch in the South At Melenara in the South Area.

Apart from State run Hospitals and Clinics there are a number of  Private Hospitals and Clinics throughout Las Palmas and Gran Canaria as a whole. The key hospitals of the private sector mostly accept all European Health Insurance cards.  The key hospitals are :


Las Palmas

Hospital Santa Catalina

Calle Leon y Castillo No 292, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tel : 928 29 71 51


Hospital San Roque

Calle Dolores de la Rocha, 5 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tel : 928 01 26 00


Hospital Perpetual Soccorro

Calle Leon y Castillo No 407, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Tel : 928 49 99 00


South Area

Hospital San Roque

Urbanizacion de Meloneras  Calle Del Mar de Siberia, 1  Gran Canaria

Tel : 928 06 36 00


Private health insurance companies also have tie up with private doctors and private hospitals throughout Gran Canaria.

Many of the Dr´s speak in multiple languages such as German, English, etc so that then you can get more personalized attention in your native language.

In Las Palmas city & South area it is not difficult to find an English or German speaking Doctor quite easily. Just ask in your hotel / apartment complex and they can guide you.

If you do not have a private insurance you can still get 24 hour medical attention in one of the Govt clinics. Look for the name /  sign “Centro de Salud”  which denotes government run health care centres.  Normally you will be treated at these Centro de Salud where the personnel would speak in Spanish mostly but some of the Doctors and staff might also be able to converse in basic English and or German.

For small illness such as cough or cold or even fever the local chemist in your area can also re-commend you some medicines. In the capital as well as the main tourist areas note there will be atleast 1 medical store open 24 hours of the day for any medicine that you may need. Your hotel / apartment complex can tell you which one is open on which day. Alternatively there is a board hung outside every chemist showing you the names of the local chemists open 24 hours on that given day.

Please note for any antibiotics you will need a medical prescription so even if you are aware of the medicine you need the local chemist cannot sell the same to you over the counter without the Dr´s prescription.

The price of medicine you will find is cheaper than what you can buy in your Home country.

HeathTips :

Here are some Do ´s and Don´ts  which will ensure you have a healthy and carefree vacation.

1)  The summer sun can be quite strong.  Remember thus to apply generously Sun protective cream to avoid skin burns of the right pH factor.

2) Drink lots of fluids / Water at the beach to avoid dehydration.

3) Bring a list of your medical prescriptions so that the local chemist can give you local variants of your medicines just in case you run out of stock of your regular medicines. This is specially important for any Anti biotic which you may need.

4) Please remember it is advisable to use only bottled water for drinking as most often the local water is not potable.

5) Avoid driving after drinking alcoholic drinks as the penalty is quite stiff. More than that the National Highways are poorly lit and it would be safe for you to drive while you are sober. In case you would like to indulge in a few drinks remember to take a cab back to your Hotel / apartment.

Please note the Government Health emergency number for Ambulance is 112

In case of no private insurance it would be wise to check the consultancy charges before the treatment to avoid surprises. Private Doctors in Spain are not regulated by any charge chart, they can charge as they themselves choose.

Stay healthy and enjoy warm hospitality of this lovely island of Gran Canaria.

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