(To see this same information in Spanish / Para ver esta misma información en español: click here/haga clic aquí)
The public health service in the Canary Islands is known as “Servicio Canario de la Salud” and is run by the autonomous regional government.
To find the details of your nearest health centre in the Canary Islands, (the islands of Tenerife, El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura), you have two online ways to search.
Click on the following link to a searchable database provided by the Canary Islands regional government.
Searchable database: https://www3.gobiernodecanarias.org/sanidad/scs/RegistroCentros/DoLoad
In the drop down menu, under “Selecionne Tipo de Centro” (Select type of centre), choose “Centros de Salud”; these are for the larger health centres that start with letters CS (centro de salud).
Or many places also have neighbourhood or village local centres instead with more limited opening times and services (start with CL: centro local). To find one of these (as there may be one closer to you than a CS), enter “Consultorios de Atención Primaria” instead. Sometimes they start with the letters CP instead.
You do not need to fill in the second field (Selecionne el tipo de oferta sanitaria)
Remember, at the end of the form, you must also enter your island (isla), or town/village (municipio) to narrow your search.
A list will come up with contact details. If you click on “Ver situación” next to each centre, Google Maps opens up.
Otherwise on the following link you can go to an interactive map with all centres marked on. Look for CS for Centro de Salud (health centres) or CL for Centros Locales (local centres also sometimes known as Consultorios Primarios -CP). On the map you can also see hospitals (H), after hours emergency primary healthcare centres (U) and other options.
If you are unsure whether you are entitled to public health care or how to register, click here
You can normally only first register for healthcare on the Canaries via the larger Centros de Salud (CS) (health centres) closest to where you live. A Centro Local (CL) (local centre) is a more localised surgery and has shorter opening times; these are for routine doctors appointments for people who are already registered in the system.
The British Consulate in the Canaries has also put together some helpful information on seeing a doctor in the Canary Islands (click here).
A note on interpreting or translation into English during your visit: There is no automatic interpretation service available in English in the Canaries. Most health centres have English- speaking staff, especially in areas with more foreign residents. In areas with few foreign residents, it is advisable to make a first visit with a Spanish speaker and ask for the availability of English-speaking doctors. Staff will always do their best to help in either case. Click on this link to see more information on this subject, including a link to search for voluntary organisations in your area that may be able to help by accompanying you to a medical visit.