British Consulate Free Healthcare Information Events

February 11, 2015

Some 45,000 British nationals are believed to live in the Canary Islands but only 32,000* are registered with their local authorities. That means one in three Brits risk missing out on basic social services when in future they need it most.

So the British Consulates in Las Palmas and Tenerife, and the Healthcare Team in Spain that represents the UK’s Department of Health, are joining forces with local town halls to tell residents about the importance and benefits of registering for healthcare and other public services.

Discover why you should register on the ‘padrón’

Between 24th and 26th February the joint team will host four free information events in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, where British residents can find out why it is worthwhile registering on the ‘padrón’, get answers to their questions on healthcare and what services the British Consulates offer, and raise any other concerns they may have.

Find out about the new healthcare option for early retirees

The Healthcare Team will also provide information about the new “convenio especial”, a special pay-in public health insurance scheme in the Canary Islands for those not otherwise covered for state-run healthcare, such as early retirees. They will also explain how to register for healthcare in general and how to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you are a worker or a pensioner.

The British Consul for the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin, says:

“Our consular staff all too often see British citizens who are in desperate need of assistance because they have failed to appreciate how important it is to register correctly for healthcare and other social services when living overseas.

“Whether registered or not, I urge all British residents to come to these free information sessions where local consular staff and healthcare representatives will provide reliable, up-to-date information on a wide range of issues.”

Admission to all events is free and there is no need to register in advance.

The venues, dates & times are:

Lanzarote:     Tuesday 24th February @ 11.00hrs
Sala Fondeadero, La Tiñosa, Puerto del Carmen

Fuerteventura:           Tuesday 24th Feb @ 17.30hrs
Hotel Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Caleta de Fuste

Tenerife:         Wednesday 25th February 2015 @ 18.30hrs
Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Avenida Juan Carlos I, Los Cristianos

Gran Canaria:            Thursday 26th February @ 16.30hrs
Centro Socio Cultural de Mayores, Calle Santa Brigida s/n, San Fernando, Playa del Inglés

The full programme and latest news on the events will be published on the Event Page on the British Embassy’s Brits Living in Spain Facebook page.

Emergency Helicopter Pilot Fails Breath Test

February 10, 2015

An Emergency helicopter pilot working from the Tenerife Sur airport  failed a breathalyser test on Saturday, according to Spanish press sources.

The pilot who  showed positive for a high rate of alcohol in his blood, is employed by Inaer, the SUC’s  (Canarian Emergency Department’s)  subcontractor responsible for managing helicopters.

In a statement, Inaer acknowledged that it has opened an investigation into a member of the crew of one of its medical helicopters “for a possible case of intoxication”, which meant that the aircraft had to be declared inoperative.

The Guardia Civiltook responsibility for conducting the breathalyser after they were  requested to by the company.

The company has a code of conduct which has zero tolerance for regarding the taking of drugs or alcohol.

Santiago Del Teide “Prettiest Town In Tenerife”

January 24, 2015

Santiago de Teide (left) Peñaranda de Duero (right)

The county town of Santiago del Teide, also called del Santiago del Teide has been named the most beautiful town in Tenerife and is ranked 9th in the Canary Islands.

The list of top places was drawn up by the 20 minutos newspaper  based on votes by it’s readers and website users.

Three towns from each of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain then went through to the final of the competition, but unfortunately Santiago del Teide didn’t make the cut.

Teror y Arucas in Gran Canaria and Betancuria in Fuerteventura were the representatives of the Canary Islands and the overall winner of “The prettiest town in Spain 2014″ was Peñaranda de Duero in Burgos.