Healthcare in Barcelona

Medicines, Hospitals in Barcelona

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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.

  • Farmàcia Clapés Antoja - La Rambla, 98 (in front of Boqueria). Tel: 93 301 28 43
  • Farmacia álvarez - Passeig de Gràcia, 26 (next to Gran Via). Tel: 93 302 11 24
  • Farmàcia Dra. Castells Soler - Passeig de Gràcia, 90 (corner Provença). Tel: 93 487 61 45
  • Farmacia Torres - Aribau, 62 (Aragó). Tel: 93 453 92 20
  • Farmacia Chacón - Industria, 128 (Lepant). Tel: 93 435 92 93
  • Farmàcia Laguna Ventosa - Provença, 459 (corner Lepant). Tel: 93 455 12 07
  • Farmàcia Sunyer - Passeig Sant Joan, 111 (corner Provença). Tel: 93 457 53 72
  • Farmacia Vázquez - Travessera de les Corts, 194 (Gran Via Carles III). Tel: 93 330 70 66
  • Farmàcia Fuente Illa - Riera Blanca, 191-193 (next to Constitució). Tel: 93 332 15 95
  • Farmàcia Saltó - Avinguda Madrid, 220 (next to Plaça del Centre). Tel: 93 339 63 32
  • Farmàcia Boada i Soler SCP - Plaça Bonanova, 6. Tel: 93 417 80 32
  • Farmàcia Boquer Torrens - Passeig Sant Gervasi, 53 (next to Balmes). Tel: 93 417 02 40
  • Farmàcia Cervera Bech - Muntaner, 254 (just north of Diagonal). Tel: 93 200 09 96
  • Farmàcia Castro Acción - Gran de Gràcia, 115 (next to Rambla del Prat). Tel: 93 217 87 47
  • Farmàcia Biosca & Fernández - Rambla Guipúzcoa, 67-69 (next to Huelva). Tel: 93 314 48 20
  • Farmàcia García Moros - Llull, 229 (next to Bilbao). Tel: 93 309 15 29


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.

Update 17/10/2011


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