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10 Tips for Returning to Work Successfully After the Holidays

First day back. Cup of coffee in hand, turn on the computer and start all over again. Emails to read and answer. Pending tasks and projects haven’t gone away and are still waiting for you. You close your eyes and remember that only yesterday you were enjoying the beach. Returning to the routine The feeling

Family Protection against the “Perils of Summer”

  SUPERVISION, PREVENTION AND PROTECTION ARE KEY WEAPONS AGAINST THE “PERILS OF SUMMER”, ESPECIALLY WITH CHILDREN   Special attention to beaches, swimming pools, outdoors and in the sun   Paediatricians are keen to stress the importance of child vigilance to prevent drowning.   Sunstroke, insect bites, fungul infections and food poisoning are among the most

8 Tips to protect yourself from the sun on the beach this summer

We love the sun in summer, those long days on the beach getting a bit of colour after a year of being locked in an office. But those summer rays can be harmful if we get too much of them. That is why it is so important to use sunscreen that keeps our skin safe


HM Hospitales established a multidisciplinary medical team that intervened in HM Nou Delfos and carries out follow-up in HM Nens Israe, who is 10, was diagnosed with pelvic Ewing sarcoma and when faced with the impossibility of undergoing surgery in Morocco, her home country, her parents launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for treatment abroad.

Madrid’s municipal pools open with a capacity of 60%

On the 26th June the Community of Madrid opened its’ municipal pools to the public, applying the security protocols set by the Ministry of Health against Covid-19, including a maximum capacity of 60 percent. Entrance prices have remained the same compared to previous years, with a one-day ticket costing 5 euros and a voucher for


Fibromyalgia derives from: “FIBROS” = soft tissues of the body, “MIOS” = muscles and “ALGIA” = pain. That is, “Musculoskeletal Pain”. To this definition we can add, “chronic, generalized and of unknown cause”. Fibromyalgia means “pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons” (fibrous parts of the body).Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome without a

COVID-19 Sequencing in Spain

Gregorio Marañón hospital in Madrid becomes the reference centre in Spain for COVID-19 sequencing A small group of researchers from the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid has been instrumental in helping to detect the different Covid-19 mutations in Spain. Thanks to the efforts of this center, where almost 4,000 cases of coronavirus variants have already

5% discount on antigen and PCR tests

HM Hospitales and ESHA Spain are collaborating to bring you a 5% discount on antigen and PCR tests. Click on the link below to book your antigen or PCR test

Travelling to Spain from the UK

If you are thinking of travelling to Spain, you will find this extract from the UK government website helpful. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If

Psilocybin: Magic Mushrooms give promising results in trials for depression

For over thirty years the preferred pharmacological treatment for depression has been Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) such as fluoxetine (the generic name for Prozac), citalopram, escitalopram and sertraline. The effect of SSRIs is to “take the edge off life” and in a way blunt experience, basically allowing people to care less, which is fairly

Sense of Time During Lockdown

Anyone who has sat for hours in a waiting room understands that the passing of time is subjective, where time seems to ground to a halt accompanied only by the tick of a large wall clock. Compare this to how time passes when we are actively engaged in a pleasant task, what American Psychologist Mihály

International Women’s Day 2021

This year’s theme to 2021 International Women’s day is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s

COVID-19 and Mental Health

It was initially thought that during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health issues would wash through the general population like a “tsunami” and that we were probably facing the biggest mental health crisis since WWII. So much so that a team of experts from the Universities of Sheffield, Ulster, Liverpool, UCL and

Pfizer cuts vaccine supply chain to Spain

The Pfizer Laboratory initially announced a cut in supply of 44% on Friday to Spain According to the Spanish medical journal, Redaccion Médica, the Ministry of Health originally announced that autonomous communities would receive 44% less vaccines on Monday 18th January. The cutback has finally shot up to 50% in some communities and affects all

HM Hospitales offer walk-in COVID testing

Testing for Covid-19 If you need to know your immune status against COVID-19, in HM hospitals we want to make it very easy for you:   No It is not necessary to make an appointment. Results ready in 24 h at the hospital or 48 hours on the website. If you have doubts about which

Teacher Burnout

Many of my friends are teachers and they often tell me how they feel less and less motivated by the teaching sector and would suggest the seriousness of a situation where teachers are struggling to find personal meaning in what they are doing. This is especially relevant in an education sector that relies heavily on

Advances in Paediatric Traumatology

Dr Soldado from HM Hospitales Paediatric Traumatology Ward in Madrid explains the novel state of the art process behind a Toe Phalanx Vascularized Transplant.   You can contact International patient at HM Hospitales in Madrid here

Work as a Dentist in Spain

What are the requirements for the recognition of a Dentistry degree in Spain? General Dentistry and other specialties In an increasingly globalized world, thousands of professionals in the dental sector leave their countries of origin in search of job opportunities. To prepare fully for working abroad you need to meet the challenges posed by validating

HM Fertility Centre Reopens

HM Fertility centre reopens with an emphasis on post-COVID-19 safety by performing polymerase chain reaction tests (PCR) at the begining of fertility studies and before each procedure. – On May 11th, the HM Fertility Center will return to full activity nationwide. – Specialists at the HM Fertility Center will perform free, periodic PCR checks on all

Paediatric advice on COVID-19

Paediatrician Dr. Maria Iasabel Romero from HM Hospitales offers some paediatric advice on children and COVID-19 HM Hospitales are now offering an online paediatric consultancy service. For more information or to make your appointment see here.

Emotional Regulation in times of Lockdown

What is an emotion? One of the hardest questions for emotion theorists to answer has been, what exactly is an emotion? What attributes are shared by all emotions and what characteristic is necessary for a bodily response to be considered an emotion? Fortunately, there does seem to be some consensus that emotion is a coordinated

Spain breathes a sigh of relief

As Spain enters its sixth week of lockdown the government will detail their plans for how the lockdown will be eased. The latest data suggests that the daily death rate has reduced to 288, the lowest figure since the begining of the pandemic. This is still an alarming amount of deaths, but when compared to

Online Grief Support Group

In these difficult times, Sinews are offering an online grief support programme  

How to cope with lockdown and stay sane

There is nothing I hate more than a psychologist with a list, but I suppose it is an easy way to spatially organise ideas so here we go. Get into the uncertainty: Our mind is set up to predict and anticipate for the immediate future and this is wonderful ability that has given us an

Coronavirus Spain

Spain is the second country with more new cases in the world Ministry of Health records more than 300 deaths and more than 9,190 infections of Covid-19 Spain is in fourth place in the world in number of coronavirus infections, behind China, Iran and Italy. But, it is the second country in number of daily

Life expectancy of UK’s poorest women falls for first time in 100 years

The overall life expectancy in the UK has dramatically slowed since 2010, with important socio-economic and gender divides that leave the poorest women with a lower life expectancy, whilst the most well-off people expected to live 0.5% longer than in 2010. This is the damning report from Sir Michael Marmot which tracks the health equity

Sleep and Emotional Wellbeing

Sleep is considered as a complex reversible state that happens at regular intervals and is activated by the brain. According to restoration theory (Oswald 1966), sleep is essential for restoring vital energy and promotes tissue repair and growth. Sleep has two main phases: REM and non-REM, with REM being the dreaming phase and has been

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, with approximately 1,276,106 new cases per year in the world. According to data of the Observatory of the cancer of the AECC, in Spain 31,728 new cases were diagnosed and 6,061 people died due to prostate cancer in 2018. The information provided on this site

Preparing for a Hard Brexit

As we edge ever nearer a hard Brexit, Dominic Raab writes an open letter to the British community living in Spain offering advice on how UK Citizens can be best prepared for Brexit. “No matter the terms of our departure from the EU, you will continue to be able to live and work in Spain.

Psychiatry in Spain

A Psychiatrist deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions Unlike a Counsellor, Therapist or Psychologist, a Psychiatrist is a medical Doctor who has specialised in Psychiatry. This allows them to prescribe medication when necessary, but also recommend other types of treatment. A Psychiatrist can treat a wide range of conditions including

Common Plan against the British health insurance fraud

The Spanish Government and private health service are joining forces against insurance fraud from British companies. ASPE (Alianza de la Sanidad Privada Española) placed a new complaint before the European Commission and together they take measures to prevent a burden to the Spanish healthcare system. It is believed that up to 800 tourists a day

Vegans and vegetarians more prone to risk of stroke

A slightly misleading title, but in a recent article published in the British medical Journal suggests that vegans and vegetarians may be at higher risk of stroke compared to their meat-eating counterparts. A long-term study followed the eating habits of 48,188 participants, who had no history of heart disease, stroke or angina, during 18 years.

Toxic Relationships

This excellent article written by Steve Garrett first appeared in the Good Men Project in 2018. Steve outlines his personal experience in a toxic relationship and the difficulties he had in dropping it. Sometimes we find ourselves unable to walk away from a toxic or damaging relationship. I was involved for far too long with


There are many confusing ideas about what sexuality is, but sexuality is not about how many partners you have sex with, or how often you have sex, or necessarily how you perform. Sexuality is more about your sexual feelings, thoughts and your attractions towards other people. Attraction can be physical, sexual or emotional and they

Member of an ambulance crew reported for shouting “Viva España!” at a patient

The linguistic platform “per la Llengua” claim that the patient was not attended to because he spoke in Valencian The Platform per la Llengua has denounced an ambulance crew member that shouted at a patient “long live Spain, long live the King, long live law and order!”, when he spoke in Valencian, according to the

A recent review shows the benefits of treating ADHD with medication

According to a text published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, medication provides significant protective benefits Some parents are reluctant to give their children powerful stimulants to treat the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but a new review, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, shows that medications provide significant benefits. In addition

Investigation into the ex-Bishop of Castelló’s courses to “cure homosexuality”

The Bishopric of Alcalá maintains a paragraph on it’s website referring to homosexuality, “many cases can be solved with an appropriate therapy” The Community of Madrid will investigate the courses being offered by a child guidance centre linked to the Bishopric of Alcalá, also owned by the ex-bishop of Castello, Juan Antonio Reig Pla, where

Iceland admits that it diagnosed three tourists returning from Alicante with Chikungunya “by mistake”

A Reykjavik hospital mistakenly diagnosed three Icelandic tourists returning from Alicante with Chikungunya on the 8th June due to “a failure in the laboratory,” according the head of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health in Iceland, Thorolfur Gudnason. “The laboratory explained that it has found the cause of the error, which has already been corrected.

Three Icelandic tourists infected in Spain’s first recorded case of Chikungunya

Three people have been diagnosed with chikungunya after spending a few days’ holiday in Alicante. The Valencian Generalitat has activated a series of control measures after receiving the alert from Reykjavik, where the infected people are from. The tourists are members of the same family and are waiting for the results of a relative who

Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke in Spain

Spain enjoys one of the most pleasurable climates in Europe with an average of up 2905 hours of sunshine each year in places like Costa del Sol. But like many of the good things in life it comes with a cost and that includes dehydration, sunburn, skin cancer, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Heat stroke is

Holiday Vaccinations

Summer is nearly here and we’re all itching to get out of the city and away on our holidays, but before heading off to an exotic destination it is important that get information about the necessary and mandatory vaccinations for travel. After all, you want to enjoy your holidays and not suffer after a mosquito

ESHA Spain Guide to Counselling and Therapy

The amount of therapies on offer can be hugely overwhelming when you want to choose a therapy that is right for you. Therapies can differ in the academic theory behind them, the techniques that the therapist might use or the focus of the therapy. All these are worth taking into account when finding a talking

A judge forces the College of Physicians to reopen its section of acupuncture

The College of Physicians in Madrid recently dissolved its’ Acupuncture section arguing it was a practice without scientific evidence The courts have forced the College of Physicians in Madrid (Icomem) to reopen its section of acupuncture. The College closed this section in 2017,arguing that it was a pseudoscientific practice, but the Association of Physician Acupuncturists

Body Image and Mental Health

Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week, a YouGov poll alarmingly found that 57% of 18-24-year olds surveyed admitted having felt anxious about their body image compared to 30% of 45- to 54-year-olds and 20% of over 55s. 10% of women have deliberately self-harmed as a consequence of their body image, compared to 4% of men

Expat Health Insurance in Spain

Are you unsatisfied with your health insurance or are you looking for one that meets your needs? Has your insurance premium been incremented due to an age increase?, has it been cancelled?, are you unhappy with the service?, is your medical directory or are your coverages insufficient?, are you looking for an insurance policy that

Job Vacancy: English-speaking Psychiatrist in Madrid

In SINEWS we are looking for a bilingual, English-Spanish, PSYCHIATRIST to join our team. Would you like to have a private practice in a high-profile location in the center of Madrid? Are the thoughts of taking a such a big step alone holding you back? We are a multidisciplinary, international team comprised of more than

Transdiagnostic Approach to Addiction

According to the newly revised DSM V, nearly all psychopathology has some form of emotional dysregulation. For the first time addiction is now considered as a behavioural problem and not just linked to pharmaceutical substance and addictions to sex and gaming etc have been moved from the “impulse control” category to the substance related and

Giving Birth in Spain

Are you pregnant and living in Spain? Maybe it is difficult for you get back to your home country to give birth, but you may be worried about the implications of giving birth in Spain. Be reassured: not only is Spanish healthcare famous for being one of the best, but its doctors and nurses are also

An open letter from HMA Simon Manley to British citizens living in Spain

I’m sure you have been following recent developments in the Brexit negotiations very closely, so I wanted to give you a quick update about what all of this means for British people living here in Spain.   The European Council has agreed what is being called a “flexible extension” to the process of our departure

The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General

This is the 32nd tobacco-related Surgeon General’s report issued since 1964.  It highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses opportunities that can potentially end the smoking epidemic in the United States. Scientific evidence contained in this report supports the following facts: The

Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is more than just fear of the dentist, it also relates to anxiety or stress in any dental setting. Fear of visiting a dentist can result in people avoiding dental treatment for up to ten years, often when it is too late. Triggers for dental anxiety include needles, drills or the dental setting

Talking Therapy in Spain

Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger that is not emotionally involved than it is to relatives or friends. During talking therapy, a trained counsellor or therapist listens to you and helps you find your own way out, in a non-judgemental manner. The therapist will give a space to talk, cry, shout or just

A Doctor in Spain Resigns Due to Overwork

A Doctor in Spain resigns claiming: “I am unable to work 31 hours non-stop” A doctor in La Rioja has left his job considering that he is “incapable” of working 31 hours in optimal conditions. Javier Yuste, until now worked in the health centre of Arnedo, but has decided to take this decision due to

Brexit Update: UK Residents in Spain

It appears the Spanish government are working hard to maintain the rights of legally registered British Citizens living in Spain. British Ambassador Simon Manley has reassured the 300,000 brits living in Spain that the Spanish government will do all it can to maintain existing rights, but of course this depends to a certain amount on

Dentists in Spain

Why Choose a Dentist in Spain? Dentists in Spain are becoming more highly valued and this adds to the many reasons why Spain is becoming one of the major dental tourist destinations and is enjoying huge popularity of late. Spain offers high quality dental care due to the stringent training that Dentists undergo in Spain,

Hay Fever in Spain

Hay Fever in Spain Allergic rhinitis, or Hay fever, as it is more commonly known is a cluster of symptoms that affect the nasal passages. The hay fever season in Spain is particularly long and can last from January until November. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and many plants will release potentially

Counselling & Therapy Twice as Effective in Clients’ Native Language

According to a study published in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training (Vol. 43, No. 4), therapy interventions in a client’s native language are over twice as effective as therapy that is carried out in a second language. The implication of this is that the English- speaking community in Spain should seriously consider using an English-speaking counsellor

Abortion Law: How Casado’s Proposed Return To 1985 Law Will Affect Doctors

The President of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, has affirmed this Thursday that he is in favour of repealing the current abortion law adopted in 2010, and return to the previous law that was approved in 1985 by the Government of Felipe González. This is a law could send doctors to prison from between 1- 3

English- Speaking Counsellors and Therapists in Spain

English- speaking counsellors and therapist are available in all regions of Spain.  Our members are counsellors and therapists who come from many different countries and may not necessarily be British, but American, Australian, African or even Scandinavian. The background, nationalities, experience, education, and gender of the therapist can be found on our web site directory

Why use an English-Speaking Doctor in Spain?

If English is your mother tongue then using an English-speaking Doctor in Spain may have better treatment outcomes. You may have lived in Spain for many years and speak Spanish very well, but effective communication between physicians and patients is critical to providing optimal health care. Communication failures can occur when both parties speak the

The 2019 Sanitarias Awards

Women now are unquestionably the leaders in the healthcare industry in Spain, although a glass ceiling prevents their presence in positions of responsibility. This situation is changing from year to year, and  Redacción Médica and it’s Editorial Group, Sanitaria 2000, are contributing by organizing the second edition of the Sanitarias Awards 2019, where last year 

Mediterranean diet

We all know that a balanced mediterranean style diet is good for us, but recent research has shown that it may be as good as preventive medicine in reducing cardiovascular incidents. A Mediterranean diet, composed of a lot of vegetables and olive oil, with little meat and sweets, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease up

How will Brexit affect my access to the Spanish Healthcare Service?

In January 2019 the Spanish Government launched a website that outlines how Brexit will affect British Citizens living in Spanish territory. At present al European citizens are entitled to the same healthcare that they would receive in their country of origin. A temporary stay is covered by a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), whereas pensioners

Spanish Government Bans Pseudo-Therapies from Public Health Centres and Hospitals

In a bid to curb concerns about the rise of so-called pseudo therapies, the Spanish Government is creating a plan that would ban any therapy that is not supported by scientific evidence from publicly run health centres and hospitals, it will also prohibit any centre offering pseudo therapies from calling itself a “health centre”. This

Sex Therapy or Porn?

Madrid opened its first sex doll “brothel” in storm of controversy in 2018. The new phenomena of realistic sex dolls is forcing society to consider a new form of sexuality and reflect on how this affects women. According to Daniel Garcia, founder of Luxury Agency Dolls, Madrid’s first doll brothel, they are just like any

Healthy Diet and Why Fibre is a Game- Changer

In light of a new meta- analyses carried out by the University of Otago in New Zealand into the benefits of fibre in our diet, John Cummings, professor of experimental gastroenterology at the University of Dundee has been quoted “The evidence is now overwhelming, and this is a game-changer that people have to start doing

UK Ice Cream Warning in Valencia

The Spanish Consumer, Food Safety and Nutrition Agency (AECOSAN) has warned that ice cream imported from the UK could have an undeclared nut content and be a danger to people with nut allergy. Although the ice cream called “Ice King” does not carry the usual warning “may contain nuts”, nut traces were found in samples

Why You Should Avoid Sugary Drinks

  Dr Lu Qi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health and has recently published research on the links between genetic obesity and sugary drinks Sugary drinks are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. The term “soft drink” refers to any beverage with added sugar or other sweetener,

According to new industry codes, Doctors to receive pens and not much else

  Thomas Cuemi. President of International Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry (Ifpma) The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry (Ifpma) has updated its Code of Good Practices in the face of 2019. This last update includes a global ban on any IFPMA company member making gifts to healthcare professionals. Paragraph 7.5 of the code refers to the

How to register in the Spanish National Health Service

How to register in the Spanish National Health Service Registering Although this is principally written with British citizens in mind the majority does also apply to citizens of other European countries. The first thing that you will need to do is register as a resident at the “Oficina de Extranjeros” or the police station closest

Common Cold

Common Cold Although Spain enjoys a lot more sunshine than most Northern European Countries, it doesn’t mean that we are free from catching colds or the flu. Both are respiratory illnesses with the common cold, otherwise known as Upper Respiratory Illness (URI), being the main reason why people will visit the doctor, A cold is

Mental Health

What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Therapist? Psychiatrists A psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor (M.D.) who has graduated from a medical school. A psychiatrist’s training focuses on general medicine while in medical school. They will then go on to 3-4 years of residency where they will specialize in psychiatry. While for many