BRITISH expats in Spain´s Costa Blanca South are to get an improved health service thanks to a new dedicated ambulance in their area.
For the first time, the Pinar de Campoverde urbanisation in Pilar de la Horadada will see an ambulance providing cover for 12 hours a day.
Pinar has the highest elderly population in the Pilar municipality with a high proportion of non-Spanish residents, including British nationals.
The proposals from the council aim to fulfil a pledge to improve the ambulance service that was made in last year´s local elections.
A four-year contract to provide two civil protection ambulances for the whole area is to be advertised, costing 570 thousand euros per annum.
The service will consist of transferring patients by ambulance to the nearest local health centre, or in the case of an emergency, to Torrevieja Hospital.
The two vehicles will also be used to provide a home help service, as well as providing health cover at local events in the Pilar area.