Health in Gibraltar

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All Gibraltarians are entitled to health care in public wards and clinics at St Bernard's Hospital and primary health care centre. All other British citizens are also entitled to free-of-charge treatment on the Rock on presentation of a valid British passport during stays of up to 30 days. Other EU nationals are equally entitled to treatment on presentation of a valid European Health Insurance Card. Dental treatment and prescribed medicines are free of charge for Gibraltarian students and pensioners.[1]

The Gibraltar Health Authority, established under the Medical (Gibraltar Health Authority) Act of 1987[2] is funded through the Gibraltar Group Practice Medical Scheme. It employs around 900 people, handling 37,000 A&E attendances, 40,000 outpatient appointments, and 90,000 GP visits a year. Some specialist care is provided by visiting consultants and in UK and Spanish hospitals. First-line medical and nursing services are provided at the Primary Care Centre, which has 16 GPs, with more specialised services available at St Bernard's Hospital, a 210-bed civilian hospital opened in 2005. Psychiatric care is provided by King George V Hospital.

A Community Mental Health Team was established in 2017, and in 2018 the Gibraltar Health Authority School of Health Studies introduced a Mental Health Nursing degree to tackle difficulties in recruiting mental health nurses.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gibraltar Health". TravelPuppy. Retrieved 20 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Gibraltar - Health Service". Expat Focus. 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ "GHA School of Health invites applicants for Mental Health Nursing degree". Gibraltar Chronicle. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.