Spain, Kingdom of

Capital: MadridArea: 505.970 km2Population: 47.100.396Official Language: SpanishArmed Forces Personnel: 121.000Medical Officers: 1.050Military Hospitals / Institutes: 2/4Missions: multiple

Surgeon General
Major General MC

Inspector General de Sanidad de la Defensa
Hospital Central de la Defensa Gomez Ulla
Glorieta del Ejército S/N
Madrid 28047

Basic Task of the Medical Service
Support, protect and maintain the health of the Spanish Armed Forces personnel.

The INSPECCION GENERAL DE SANIDAD (General Inspection of Health) is the supreme authority in Spanish Military Medical Service.
The Inspector-General de Sanidad (Surgeon General) is under the authority of Undersecretary of Defence. A Military Medical Directorate in the Army, Navy and Air Force, with functional dependence of the Armed Forces Surgeon General.

  • Medical Directorate, with 2 Military Hospitals and 6 Military Clinics
  • Preventive Medicine Institute
  • Blood Centre
  • Aerospatial Military Medical Centre
  • Pharmaceutical Directorate with a Military Pharmaceutical Centre
  • Veterinary Directorate with a Military Veterinary Centre

Military Hospitals

PhotoMilitary Central Hospital Gomez Ulla, Madrid, 700 beds

PhotoMilitary Hospital in Zaragoza, 300 beds

All hospitals are fully equipped with all means of diagnostic equipment.

Additional Military Clinics in Ceuta, Melilla, Valencia, Cartagena, Ferrol, Cadiz


  • Aviation Medicine Centre, Madrid
  • Diving Medicine, Cartagena
  • Military Centre of Pharmacy
  • Military Centre of Veterinary

The medical training for military personnel is provided in the Military  Medical Academy (Military Faculty of Medicine) in Madrid.

Number of Medical Personnel

Qualified physicians700
Qualified dentists100

Field Deployments

  • One Medical Brigade
  • One deployable Role 3
  • Two Air MEDEVAC units

Current active deployment of the Military Medical Service:

  • Afghanistan: one Role 2
  • Lebanon: one Role 1
  • Atalanta, Indian Ocean: one Role 2 afloat
  • Irak: one Role 1
  • Central African Republic: one Role 1
  • Djibouti: one Role 1
  • Dakar (Senegal) one Role 1
  • Libreville (Gabon): one Role 1

Civil-Military Cooperation
Currently, the Military Hospitals have cooperation agreements with the civilian hospitals' network.

Other Special Aspects
The Spanish Military Medical Journal.