I really can´t convey just how impressed I am with the health system in Tenerife. I don´t mean the kind you have to pay for each month with medical insurance, I mean the treatment we have by being registered on the Padron and having access to the public system.
Recently OH had a dizzy spell due to the medication he was taking and as he fell, split his head open on the corner of our glass dining table. There was copious amounts of blood, being a head wound, but it was also a deep cut and I felt it needed a stitch or two.
Although we live almost walking distance from the Hospital del Sur (Mojon) he decided because we didn´t have access to a translator that he would use the ‘Green’ (one of the two hospitals here in the South). In my view he didn´t need anyone to translate as it was obvious what had happened, but being a man!
Anyway on walking into Urgencies in the Green his medical card and NIE were handed over and he was told to wait. 6 hours, an injection, X-ray, and 5 stitches later he came home with a bundle of notes declaring he was fine and had to have the stitches removed after 7 days.
Jump to yesterday morning, we visit the nurse in the medical centre in Arona every 3 months for what she calls ‘control’. It is a way of checking we stay in good health and in the end save the health service money by being able to catch anything right at the beginning rather than waiting until it is too late.
She was concerned when she saw Jim, but did her usual blood pressure, blood sugar, weight etc. tests gave us our flu jabs and booked our next appointments for February. She then re-read the notes from the hospital and double-checked with us that they had done everything they said. She was surprised they hadn´t done an ECG due to the shock of the fall and so we moved to another room and she did one.
With only my experience of UK health to base it on, I asked would the result be available next week when the stitches come out. No! says she, go back to the waiting room and wait to be called…. 10 minutes later, we were sitting in front of the doctor who said the test was good. However, to be thorough when Jim goes back next week he will have another ECG to see that it is still stable.
And this is why I am so impressed, when you need help you get it at once and the backup is first class.
I feel so lucky to be here rather than in a place where you have to wait weeks for an appointment and months for tests.