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Ronda Doctors

Doctors, Medical Centres, and Hospitals in Ronda

Name Telephone Address Discipline
Carrillo Cueto, M.A. 952 878 621 c/ Carlos Cobo, 4
Ronda
General Practitioner
Marín Lara, B. 952 878 754 c/ Jerez, 13
Ronda
General Practitioner
Miramon Lopez, J. 952 874 367 c/ Cruz Verde, 18
Ronda
General Practitioner
Rios Rodicio, F.J. 952 878 469 c/ San José, 2
Ronda
General Practitioner
Zamudio Valiente, Juan 952 134 405 c/ San Benito, 7
Setenil de las Bodegas
General Practitioner
Corro Delgado, Jose 952 872 685 c/ Virgen de la Paz, 42 2ºC
Ronda
Dermovenerealogist
Ignacio Garcia, Jose Maria 952 877 972 c/ Lauría, 1, 3ºB
Ronda
Respiratory and Digestive
Diz Serrato, Julio 952 871 577 c/ Carlos Cobo, 4 Bajo
Rondal
Digestive
Moreno Rodriguez, Jose 952 877 237 Carrera de Espinel, 102, 1ºB
Ronda
Allergies
Crespo Riesco, J 952 876 583 Virgen de los Remedios, 22
Ronda
Gynaecologist
Tronosco Grano de Oro, J.U. 952 875 230 Línea de la Concepción, 14
Ronda
Gynaecologist
Gomez Cruz, Jose Luis 952 875 631 c/ Serrato, 2, 1ºA
Ronda
Opthalmologist
Rodríguez Clavero, Isabel 952 874 144 c/ Pedro Romero, 11
Ronda
Opthalmologist
Luengos Matilla, Cesar 952 878 464 c/ Pintor Jesús González de la Torre, 1
Ronda
Ear, Nose and Throat
Campuzano Cano, J.A. 952 872 958 c/ Infantes, 1
Ronda
Paediatrician
Gonzalez Serrano, M.L. 952 878 329 c/ Virgen de los Delores, 16
Ronda
Paediatrician
Román Román, L.A. 952 871 512 Pza Concepción García Redondo Estación de Autobuses, 2
Ronda
Psychiatrist
Acosta Patiño, H.C. 952 190 600 c/ Cruz Verde, 1
Ronda
Orthopaedic
Figueroa Parra, J.A. 952 874 992 c/ Juan José de Puya, 4
Ronda
Orthopaedic
Osmán Agha, G 952 872 072 Carrera de Espinel, 102
Ronda
Urologist
Centro Medico Al-Andalus 952 875 631 c/ Serrato, 2, 1ºA
Ronda
Medical Centre
Clinica Arunda 952 874 303 c/ Ollerias, 19
Ronda
Medical Centre
Centro de Salud de Alcala del Valle 956 128 877 Av Libertad
Alcalá
Medical Centre
Centro de Salud de Benaojan 952 167 374
952 167 393
c/ San Lucas
Alcalá
Medical Centre
Centro de Salud de Cuevas del Becerro 952 162 012 c/ Constitución
Cuevas del Becerro
Medical Centre
Centro de Salud de Ronda-Norte 902 505 060
952 169 403
c/ Espinillos
Ronda
Medical Centre
Centro de Salud de Ronda-Sur (Santa Barbara) 902 505 060
952 169 369
c/ San Vicente de Paul
Ronda
Medical Centre
Consultorio de Arriate 952 165 159 c/ Clara Camoamor
Arriate
Medical Centre
Consultorio de Montecorto 952 169 566
952 169 567
c/ Antonio Machado
Montecorto
Medical Centre
Consultorio de Montejaque 952 168 129 c/ José López
Montejaque
Medical Centre
Consultorio de Serrato 952 162 199 c/ Cauce
Serrato
Medical Centre
Consultorio de Setenil de las Bodegas 956 128 967 c/ Coronilla
Setenil de las Bodegas
Medical Centre
Hospital Comarcal Serranía 951 065 001
951 065 100
Ctra Ronda-El Burgo, km 1
Ronda
Hospital (All Services including A&E)

Book Review: Chickens, Mules, and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead

Awarded a Harper Collins ‘Gold Star’, and now a top selling author on Amazon, Victoria Twead writes a fantastically funny tale of five years living as reluctant chicken farmers in a small village in Almería in Southern Spain. The Alpujarra mountains seem to bring out the best in visitors, but are hell on new arrivals hoping to start a new life in Spain.

The story begins as poor, long-suffering Joe, Vicky’s husband, is looking forward to a peaceful retirement in the UK. Vicky has other plans and drops the bombshell that she wants to uproot to Spain. Vicky is a list-maker, even nicknamed ‘Schindler’ at work, and presents Joe with the following pitch:

  • Sunny weather
  • Cheap houses
  • Live in the country
  • Miniscule council tax
  • Friendly people
  • Less crime
  • No heating bills
  • Cheap petrol
  • Wonderful Spanish food
  • Cheap wine and beer
  • Could get satellite TV so you won’t miss English football
  • Much more laid-back life style
  • Could afford house big enough for family and visitors to stay
  • No TV licence
  • Only short flight to UK
  • Might live longer because Mediterranean diet is healthiest in the world

Joe is far from impressed, and retaliates with his own list:

  • CAN’T SPEAK SPANISH!
  • TOO MANY FLIES!
  • MOVING HOUSE IS THE PITS!

However, after much nagging, Joe caves in, but only on the condition that they will move for just five years.

They find their new home in a tiny village tucked away in the romantic Alpujarra mountains. Actually, the house is a crumbling ruin, but Vicky is still sure they’ve made the right decision. The Alpujarra is a rustic and quite conservative part of Southern Spain, very few of the locals speak English, and the couple have no idea of the culture shock in store.

Of course a glimpse of British television documentaries from the time would be enough to convince anyone that paradise awaited; happy couples in white-washed houses, long sunny days, and cool cocktails at sunset. Indeed this was what Vicky had in mind until moving day when their removal truck arrived, knocking over a lamp-post and destroying the village fountain. Hopes of a dignified beginning are quickly dashed. Talk about making an entrance! This was definitely not part of Vicky’s Five Year Plan.

“Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools” is an hilarious rib-splitting read from beginning to end. We are introduced to village characters, both animal and human, ache for the trials endured by poor Joe, and find ourselves laughing on every page wishing the end wouldn’t come quite so soon. We meet characters such as Mother, a spliff-smoking 85 year old sex-kitten, and her daughter Judith, a slightly too large and exceptionally generous woman who keeps ten dogs. ‘That one’s called “Half”, dear. Always said we’d never have ten dogs, so now we have nine and a “Half”.’

We are introduced to Vicky’s sister and husband-in-law, the Eco-Warriors, whose antics certainly leave an impression, the riotous Gin Twins, and of course we can’t forget the most dangerous cockerel in Spain and the chickens and mules that torment Vicky and Joe. As for selling eggs to the villagers, that plan was never going to run smoothly!

But that’s not all. Woven into the story are a number Spanish recipes given to Vicky by characters in the book and the village ladies. No wonder HarperCollins described the book as ‘charming’ as well as ‘hilarious’ and ‘laugh-out-loud funny’. If you liked Chris Stewart’s “Driving over Lemons”, you won’t regret reading Victoria Twead’s “Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools”. Take it from me, this is one paperback that should be on every expat’s bookshelf and I know people will be talking about B*gger and F*ck, two of Vicky’s hens for years to come.

Says Victoria, “As I wrote, the book made me laugh and cry. When, reluctantly, I showed it to other people, I was astonished to see them react the same way. One may easily imagine my delight when ‘Chickens’ was awarded the HarperCollins Authonomy ‘Gold Star’, and is still today the only non-fiction book to claim that distinction.”

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Using British Electrical Appliances in your Spanish property

TVs, DVDs, Computers
TVs, DVDs, Computers

Welcome to Spain, and the joys of using British electrical appliances in Spain. We all know the move to Spain isn’t cheap, but the great news is that most of the appliances you bought in the UK will work here in your new Spanish property, and you don’t need to be concerned about the different voltage in most cases.

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Top 10 Myths about Spain

Myths and stereotypes about other people and countries are just human nature, and often they can be quite amusing. Some of the myths about Spain and the Spaniards are an endless source of debate amongst expats living here; how inaccurate are they really, is Spain really that bad?

We don’t think so, and like any country, the stereotypes you choose to believe will be real if you look hard enough to find them, but throw them out with the bath water and you’ll see Spain is really no different from anywhere else. Here’s our top 10 myths about Spain debunked.

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