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European Emergency Number 112
In most emergencies the number to call is 112.  

The operator will ask what is the nature of your emergency and will be able to help you in English or Spanish. 

Examples of emergencies where this number is useful are:

Car accidents
Health assistance
Life Threatening situations
Natural disasters
Physical aggression
Rescue (Land or Sea)

In some cases your emergency may not warrant a 112 call so Spain has other national numbers to call for help.
If you need the local police call 092 for theft, neighbourhood disputes, lost property or traffic problems. 
(The other police number 091 is for national security, terrorism and major crime)
If you have a health related problem or require an ambulance call 061.
Samaritans in Spain 

Samaritans in Spain is an organisation operated by a group of Volunteers. We are available by telephone or email to any English speaker across the whole of Spain and the Islands, of any age, who is experiencing emotional problems of any kind. We are also able to answer emails in Spanish if required.
Samaritans in Spain Listeners are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Freephone 900 525 100



Guidance on what to do in the event of a death

This is a step by step guide to try to help if the above situation occurs.

At Home

If a sudden death occurs, phone the Guardia Civil on the international number 112. 

They will come to the home and wait until the coroner arrives to certify death.

Unlike in the U.K,  there may be a long wait, but the deceased cannot be moved until this procedure has been completed.

You will need to choose your funeral director quickly so call one after calling the Guardia. 

The two numbers below are both English speaking and once they have been called - day or night - they will take care of everything.

If the death is unexpected or unexplained a post-mortem will usually be required to establish the cause of death. 

This may cause a delay in the body being released to the undertaker.

You will need to give the undertaker the deceased's passport and, if they have one, the social security number (NIE).

Arrangements will then be made.

The two undertakers mentioned below fully understand we may need extra time than is the normal here in Spain to allow family etc to arrive from abroad.

In the event of death in a hospital

DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING until the undertaker that you want has arrived. 

Once you have the services of the undertaker then, as above, they will take care of everything according to your wishes.

If anyone wishes to leave their body to science then arrangements will have to be made beforehand, as the person concerned is the only person that can give permission to do this. 

Our advice on this is to register with the nearest hospital which has a Faculty of medicine.  We believe that the La Nacional have a provision for this.

Remember this is Spain and not the UK, things are done differently here. If you have any questions regarding this, then just ask.

Helpful Telephone numbers:

Funeraria Navarro Coin. Tracey Burn's mobile 620 374 191.

Francisco Camero, Benalmadena.  Leslie Thomson’s mobile. 618 756 155.

Branch Chaplain.  Caroline Macfarlane's mobile 697 867 377.

Bear in mind that funerals are not cheap in Spain. Depending on what you require, the cost may be upwards of 3,500 euros.
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