Public hospitals usually offer primary care as well as emergency services. Public hospital facilities are very well equipped and it is not uncommon for private health institutions to send seriously ill patients to state facilities because of their ability to treat patients.
Hospital Clinic I Provincial De Barcelona, C/ Villarroel 170 (Metro Stn Hospital Clinic (Line 5)), ? +34 932 275 400
Vall d'hebron Hospital General
Address: 119-129, Horta-Guinardo, 08035 Barcelona.
Tel: 93 274 61 00
General cases and emergency.
Hospital de L’esperanca
Address: Av Santuari Sant Josep de la Muntanya 12, 08024 Barcelona
For accidents and other emergency services this hospital is quite renowned.
Hospital de Sant Joan de Deu
Address: Deu 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
Tel: 93 253 21 00
This is a popular general hospital with an accident and an emergency ward.
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Address: Feixa Llarga, 08907 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
Largest hospital of Barcelona and serves the whole of Catalonia.
Vall d’hebron Hospital Materno Infantil
Address: Vall d'hebron 119-129, Horta-Guinardo, 08035 Barcelona
This is the principal children’s hospital in Barcelona.
Many medications are available over the counter in Spain. However, a prescription allows you to redeem the costs. Under the state healthcare plan medications are offered at a 60 percent discount (free for pensioners). Doctors in the emergency departments of state health service hospitals will prescribe medicine, but do not issue official prescriptions. You should take the report to a primary care doctor who will write a prescription for you.
Pharmacies (farmacia) are generally open between 9:30 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 21:30 Mondays to Fridays; and from 9:30 to around 14:00 on Saturdays. There are 24-hour pharmacies and their information will be provided on all pharmacy shop windows.
Most health centers have a dentist available for treatment. Dentists also offer emergency treatment in Spanish hospitals. If there are issues receiving an appointment at the local health center, then private dental treatment is widely available and prices are low compared to private treatment in other countries.
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