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One of the best ways to settle into your new rental home on the Costa del Sol is to start learning Spanish as it will make your time here much easier and you never know when you may need to use it, such as in an emergency.
We don’t like to think we will ever need to go to the doctors or use the emergency services but sometimes we may need to and you could have a hard job trying to explain what the problem is as many healthcare workers in Spain don’t speak any English.
Luckily though, in Andalucia we have an excellent telephone translation line called the Salud Responde (Health Response line), which has helped thousands of expats in the area communicate at doctors and hospitals. The vital phone line helps patients and health workers understand each other quickly and easily so in times of emergency or stress this has proved a big relief to many.
The Health Response line can be used when making an appointment, during an appointment and to understand test results so now you can relax knowing you always have someone who can translate for you in the touch of a few buttons. This very useful translation line has been used by hundreds of thousands of Brits since the launch in 2009 and can even be used for translation of wills, medical records and when donating blood.
When it comes to the pharmacy though, it definitely pays to learn the lingo. Here you can read our previous blog with some useful free Spanish tips to use in ‘La farmacia’ to help get you started!
When a translator is needed, simply phone the help line on 902 505 060 24 (information and services centre) or 902 505 066 for Primary care appointment line hours 365 days per year. In an emergency dial 061. You can also email the Salud Response line for information.