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Life and Death in Bunyola

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Most people know the small town of Bunyola in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountain range for its proximity to the gardens of Alfàbia, the manor house of Raixa, or Son Amar, the country estate that does a Mallorcan imitation of a Las Vegas show.

Some others will know Bunyola for the Hospital Joan March, an establishment founded by that ominous Mallorcan character, Joan March Ordinas, him of the Banca March fame and sometimes refered to as The last pirate of the Mediterranean.

The hospital specializes in tricky cases that other Mallorcan hospitals do not want to bother with, such as patients with psychiatric problems, drug or alcohol related addictions, or those unfortunate souls with terminal illnesses. Quite a number of patients are known not to come back alive, once they are admitted into this Bunyolan hospital, shown above. Bless their souls.

The photo was taken near Bunyola, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 2nd, 2008. The time was 16:52:54.

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  1. I found this page whilst ‘googling’ the hospital. I live in England and my elderly grandfather has recently been admitted to the Joan March hospital with terminal cancer. Being so far away I have tried to find some information on the hospital so I know where he is (visited him on Clinica Rotger last weekend but he was moved to Bunyola a few hours after we returned to the UK). Although I fully appreciate your site is not an official one about the hospital and it is nice to see a photo (I have been unable to find information elsewhere on the internet) please give consideration to others in my position when using phrases such as
    ‘The hospital specializes in tricky cases that other Mallorcan hospitals do not want to bother with, such as patients with psychiatric problems, drug or alcohol related addictions, or those unfortunate souls with terminal illnesses. Quite a number of patients are known not to come back alive, once they are admitted into this Bunyolan hospital, shown above. Bless their souls.’
    as it is a little upsetting when it is the only information I can find!!!!!! Obviously the lack of information on the hospital is not your fault at all but please think of us unfortunate souls with relatives with terminal illnesses!!!!!!
    For the record, my nan is staying with my grandad in the hospital and they are full of praise for the lovely surroundings and the extremely high level of care provided by the hospital staff, which I hope will be of some comfort to others who stumble across your site (as it is the only one that comes up when googling the hospital!!!)
    Kind regards.

    • Dear Sally,
      I am very sorry to hear about your grandfather’s terminal illness. I never meant to upset you or anybody else when I reported about the Hospital Joan March in Bunyola. You are not alone in finding the care provided by the hospital staff praiseworthy.
      Best wishes for you and your grandad.
      Klaus

    • Dear Sally,
      So sorry about your Grandfather’s condition. I have recently been to Joan March because our dearest relative has terminal cancer as well. I just wanted to tell you that I have heard the most comforting stories about the Joan March, told by friends (Mallorcans and Brits) that have personal experience with the hospital. Their stories of “no pain”, “comfort” and “excellent compassion and care” are what brought us to this hospital. When I was there and met some of the staff and heard what they have to offer, I was very pleased to find myself believing the stories I have heard are true. They have provided excellent care since.
      My husband and I live in California and we have made the effort to not be away for more than a month at a time so I know how you feel being far away from your loved one.
      I love the information Klaus posted about the hospital! Being a state hospital, it is hard to find any info about the place. Maybe, if there was bad news to report there might be more info posted? At any rate I have only heard great things about Joan March and I hope this is comforting to you and your family.

  2. Dear Klaus,
    I’m sure you didn’t mean any offence – I just thought it was worth mentioning!!! Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to respond to my comments!!
    All the best,
    Sally

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