Universitätsklinikum Würzburg, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Palliativmedizin

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr. Birgitt van Oorschot
Address Joseph-Schneider Str. 2
97080 Würzburg


Contact Tel: +49-931-201-28860 -
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Wurzburg University, Interdisciplinary Center For Palliative Medicine, Wurzburg, Germany


The Interdisciplinary Centre for Palliative Medicine at the University of Würzburg was opened in October 2009 and is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Mainfranken. The centre cooperates with all departments of the University hospital and the surrounding hospitals and doctors in Lower Franconia as well as with the residential homes for the elderly. The admission of patients requires a medical indication for hospital and medical training or an internal allocation. We practice a multidisciplinary multi-professional approach to improve the quality of life of patients and their families who are faced with a life threatening disease. Our intention is to prevent, to improve and relieve distressing symptoms as pain, dyspnoea and other discomforts of physical, psychosocial and spiritual nature.


The Palliative Care ward consists of 10 single bed rooms.  All equipment for special treatment and intervention techniques is available. We offer a separate room for relatives to stay, a living room and a sort of a wellness bathroom for our patients. Our room of silence allows a retreat for spiritual purposes.


  • palliative chemo- and radiation therapy
  • differentiated nutritional programmes
  • psycho oncology with one  focus on gerontopsychology for elder patients with additional problems as dementia or depression, and another focus on the families to support them in mastering a malignant diagnosis or -while disease progresses- coping with grief
  • physiotherapy either on a rehabilitative or a palliative level
  • close cooperation with all departments of the university hospital treating oncologic or critically ill patients
  • palliative co-treatment, supportive therapy and consultation service in other wards
  • teaching of medical students and all other staff working in patient care (as nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists etc.)
  • advanced training for medical staff

Palliative and supportive care
Wurzburg University, Interdisciplinary Center For Palliative Medicine Staff, Wurzburg, Germany

  • 11 nurses, 4 medical practitioners, a psycho oncologist, 2 pastors
  • a social worker, a nutritionist, as well as kitchen workers, music therapists and art therapists and volunteers belong to the multi-professional team.
  • All employees are experienced in leadership skills, difficult communication situations and modern pain therapy, most of them have already palliative care training.
  • There are weekly team sessions and continuing education.
  • Discharge of patients is organized by a social worker.
  • 24h/7days a week emergency call is available for in- and out patients.