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Age Concern Costa de la Luz Sur
Sunday, 14 May 2017

Hi Folks,

As I write the Age Concern committee are discussing the kind offer of Chris Cody to do a gig on behalf of Age Concern when the warm weather comes.

Our next Quiz night’s at the Venta Florentina will be 22nd May and 26th June. We are very grateful to Julia & Colin for organising these quiz nights as they bring in much needed revenue.  

Age Concern has a number of items which we lend out including wheelchairs and crutches; we accept gifts of this sort of items that are always in need during the summer season but this brings us a problem at the end of the season. We have nowhere to safely store these items over winter; if you have a suitable garage or similar we would love to hear from you. We have also considered buying a suitable shed or similar if we could find a secure plot of land.   

Finally, ChiFRA held an open meeting recently with the theme “Death and dying”; you should find notes of the meeting elsewhere in this magazine but can I make a plea? Please check you have a Spanish will if you own any assets in Spain, and you either have good travel insurance or a funeral plan in place. The icing on the cake is if you have a “Power of Attorney” set up if unfortunately you are unable to sign documents etc through illness or accident.



British Consulate Newsletters
UK Consulate News
Wednesday, 16 June 2010


The Consulate newletters provide information from the Pension, Benefit and Healthcare Team and  also include contributions from the British Consulate's other partners, Age Concern and the Royal British Legion. These newsletters have a wide range of topics  and therefore cannot cover everything comprehensively.  You can find further information at the consulate website http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/





European Health Card
Friday, 22 February 2013
A new website that explains how British citizens should use their UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) has been launched as part of a campaign to clear up common confusion over how to obtain healthcare in Spain.

The website http://www.healthcareinspain.eu/ provides comprehensive information on the use of EHICs, whether visiting or living in Spain.

What you should know about the European Health Insurance Card

A UK-issued European Health Insurance Card should only be used to access medically-necessary state treatment during the course of a temporary stay in Spain. It does not provide access to all state treatment but for those in Spain on a temporary stay, it is the correct way to access state healthcare.

British citizens who live mainly in Spain should change the way they are registered, because for them the UK European Health Insurance Card is not the correct form of health cover. The new website  provides an interactive questionnaire that, depending on personal circumstances, links British residents to the Spanish social security webpage or a search page for the local INSS office or local health centre.
Testing Well or Borehole Water
Friday, 17 September 2010

It all came about because some friends look after a holiday home that is rented out; one family had trouble in that they contracted Hepatitis whilst on an extended holiday. So, because of the many accusations, the owners asked for the borehole water to be tested; the result was that although the water was “not nice” it didn’t cause the disease.

I will digress here for those that don’t know the difference; a borehole (perforacion in Spanish) is a very deep hole in the ground going far below the start of the water table. About nine inches across they vary from 25 metres to 90 metres deep. They rely on the pressure of water to sustain the flow out to your tap. On the other hand, a “normal well” (pozo artesano) is from two to four metres across, not normally deeper than 20 metres. It relies on having sufficient water in the well for your use, taking hours to refill to the original level before you opened the tap.

Our experience of registering with the Spanish Health service
Monday, 01 December 2008
When preparing to come and live in Spain  we initially looked at the Department of Health website ¹ this gives you considerable information about what to do when emigrating and also about receiving your state pension. 
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