According to this data, Spain is the healthiest country in the world to live. and the area around the salt lakes on the Costa Blanca is particularly beneficial for people managing conditions that cause breathing difficulties and painful joints. Personally, I can vouch for that, because my auto-immune system condition is barely noticeable here in Algorfa, whereas when I’m in the UK, I rely on pain medication to keep me mobile.
However, there are times when we all need some sort of health care, and in this feature, we’ll talk about the various health professionals Around Algorfa, as well as those who help to keep us healthy in mind, body and spirit. I’m talking doctors, dentists, chiropodists, farmacies and alternative health practitioners. As with most other things, we’re well catered for here in Algorfa. This feature will be pinned at the top of the category for easy reference, so please let me know if I have missed anyone out. I don’t pretend to know everything about Algorfa – I rely on you to help me stay up to date on the site.
Look for signs for Consultorio Medico. The surgery is on Calle San Jose, just off Calle Mayor, on the left coming from Plaza España. Parking is limited, so allow plenty of time before your appointment.
There’s a reasonable level of English spoken by all the staff – Lourdes on reception is well organised and speaks excellent English, which is great, as she’s your first port of call. It should be said though if you have complex medical issues, it’s best to take along a translator, or a friend fluent in Spanish.
Open from 8.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday to Friday
Phone: 965 29 02 22 Phones get very busy, so it may be quicker and easier to pop in. If you do that, it’s much quieter after 1.00 pm.
Emergency Medical Assistance
If you ore someone close to you is suffering from a serious injury or medical emergency, call 112 immediately, This is an English speaking emergency helpline. They will advise whether an ambulance is necessary, or if the patient is able to travel to the emergency department (Urgencias in Spanish). The nearest ED to Algorfa is at Vega Baja Hospital, San Bartolome, near Orihuela. It’s open 24 hours, or just turn up. Phone number 966 74 90 00
Dentist Maria’s surgery is located on Avenida Maria del Mar Rodriguez 17, two doors down from Quentin’s post room and gift shop. Maria has practiced in Algorfa for more than 10 years, and provides a range of treatments. Contact details and opening hours on the website.
On the corner of Avenida Maria del Mar Rodriguez and Calle Camino San Miguel, there’s a team of dentists, and you will be allocated the one most suited to carry out your treatment. Initial consultation is free of charge. Again, a range of treatments are available. Contact details and opening hours on the website.
Chiropractor Dr Anne Lecuyer works from the clinic on the main road from La Finca to Almoradi and has more than 25 years experience, so if you struggle with pain that analgesics don’t touch, why not contact the clinic for a consultation? Contact details and opening hours on the website.
Chemist (Farmacia in Spanish)
Algorfa is fortunate to have two farmacias – one in Agorfa on Avenida Maria del Mar Rodriguez and a second, smaller branch on the La Finca commercial centre. With more than 20 years experience, you’re in safe hands here. In Spain, pharmacists are qualified to advise on treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, so try them first and you may not need to see a doctor at all. The La Finca Farmacia is open mornings only, Monday – Friday. The main branch in Algorfa is open from 9.00 pm – 8.30 pm Monday – Friday and 9.00 pm to 2.00 pm Saturdays. They do not close for siesta.
Outside normal trading hours, the nearest24 hour farmacia is at San Miguel.
You need to look after your feet in the heat of Algorfa, and the town has two qualified podiatrists who can keep your feet healthy
Elizabet Medina works from the farmacia on Avenida Maria del Mar Rodriguez. Call her on 678 20 73 89 for an appointment, or enquire at the farmacia.
Originally from Belgium but now happily settled in Algorfa, Sandrine and Carole specialise in what they call ‘medicures,’ which means they can treat problem feet as well as making them look pretty. The best part is the massage at the end. They also offer reflexology. Check out their Facebook page for details of their services.
Sandra is a clairvoyant, Angel Guide and healer, working from home on La Finca, Algorfa. She specialises in Angel Card Readings and chakra clearing. Nobody ever died from a blocked chakra, but if you can’t relax, or are feeling overwhelmed, an energy healing session could be just the thing to help you feel happier and more positive, and help you sleep better. Contact Sandra through her Facebook page to arrange an appointment in the comfort of your own home.
As you can see, your health and wellbeing is very important to the practitioners Around Algorfa. Please remember that at the time of writing, you are still required to wear face masks in medical establishments such as doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, farmacias and clinics.