Public doctor near Calahonda

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Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:34 pm

Hi all, can anyone recommend a public doctor near Calahonda? I've recently moved here, have a European health card but don't know how the system works. Preferably an English speaking GP. I'm taking Spanish classes but am no where near proficient yet!

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby gerryh » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:25 pm

I you are living here full time then you shouldn't be using a European health card.
These should only be you by tourists/ visitors.
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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:56 pm

Hi Gerry, I was here for a couple of weeks in March and am back for four weeks now, so I'm not exactly full time, hopefully next year!

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby peteroldracer » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:00 pm

The EHIC only covers you for emergency/urgent treatment, not routine consultations, so you are better taking out travel insurance.
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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:39 pm

Thanks Peter, I wasn't aware of that.

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby katy » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:04 pm

You can see a GP with the EHIC in La Cala which is just a 5 min drive from Calahonda. They have interpreters too.

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:51 pm

Thanks Katy, where in La Cala?

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby katy » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:23 pm

Hard to explain but it is signposted and easy to find. A link here.
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/servicio ... ntro=24894

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:35 pm

Thanks again Katy, is it where the pointer is on the map that opened when I clicked on the link?

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:01 pm

Hi Katy, I tried to find the doctors in La Cala, but the only one I found was InterKlinic, but it is a private practice.

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby elusive » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:26 pm

Just go to the local hospital. Most places dont have seperate surgeries like the uk. The drs work out of the local urgencia or ambulatorio

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby peteroldracer » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:33 pm

Most bigger villages and all towns have a Centro de Salud - a health centre
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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby katy » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:43 pm

brentles wrote:Hi Katy, I tried to find the doctors in La Cala, but the only one I found was InterKlinic, but it is a private practice.


Don't know how you missed it, it is a largish centro de Salud on one of the main roads. Anyone you ask there will know it.

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:09 pm

peteroldracer wrote:Most bigger villages and all towns have a Centro de Salud - a health centre

Thanks Peter, I see there is one in La Cala so I'll drive down there and see.

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:11 pm

katy wrote:
brentles wrote:Hi Katy, I tried to find the doctors in La Cala, but the only one I found was InterKlinic, but it is a private practice.


Don't know how you missed it, it is a largish centro de Salud on one of the main roads. Anyone you ask there will know it.

Hi Katy, now I know what it is called I'll be able to find it, they were pretty rude in the town hall and just sent me to the InterKlinic.

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby Manchesteral » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:51 pm

brentles wrote:Hi all, can anyone recommend a public doctor near Calahonda? I've recently moved here, have a European health card but don't know how the system works. Preferably an English speaking GP. I'm taking Spanish classes but am no where near proficient yet!


Halfway up the "Strip" on the right hand side, just past bar "Rumores" they speak English there !

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby Manchesteral » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:04 pm

Sorry I gave you incorrect info, didn't read the post correctly that practice is private !!

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:13 pm

No probs ;)

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby brentles » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:14 pm

Hi all, I thought I'd got it all sorted, filled in the paperwork, photocopied my health card and passport and had an appointment earlier today. When I showed my prescription however, they have told me I need to get a full current medical report, from my doctor in Sweden, but in Spanish! Have any of you come up against this?

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Re: Public doctor near Calahonda

Postby gerryh » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:57 pm

Sorry perhaps I am missing something.
You said you were only here for 4 weeks so why didn't you bring sufficient medication with you?
I can perfectly understand why a Spanish doctor didn't give you a prescription for medication as prescribed by your Swedish doctor. If it happened to be a drug not available/ banned in Spain then he would want to know why your Swedish doctor had prescribed it.
The only way he would know this is by reading your Swedish doctor's report, obviously in Spanish as you couldn't expect him to be fluent in Swedish.
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