Hospital Universitario Arnau De Vilanova, Lleida

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr Antonieta Salud
Address Avendia Rovir Roure 80,
25198 Lleida


Contact Phone: 00 34 973 2481100 -
Web Hospital Universitario Arnau De Vilanova

Centre history

The Arnau de Vilanova Teaching Hospital is a centre integrated in the National Health System. It provides specialised healthcare services in the Health Region of Lleida (Catalonia-Spain). It was founded in 1956 and was incorporated as part of the Universidad de Barcelona in 1975. Since 1987 it has been part of the Universidad de Lleida.


The Arnau de Vilanova Teaching Hospital building offers a total of 56.000 m2 floor space. The building is home to 26 medical departments, which provide treatment for diverse conditions. There are 459 beds, 14 operating theatres, one adult and one paediatric ICU, among other resources. The centre is home to 430 doctors, 973 nursing staff and other healthcare professionals, who are exclusively dedicated to attending over 20.000 patients each year.

An integrated network between primary care and hospital care has been developed to ensure the best health care at any condition or place.

An on-going cooperation between the hospital's doctors and the Biomedical Research Institute links the Basics Science from the University and the Hospital activity. The Biomedical Research Institute is located side by side the hospitalisation building. There are specific areas of Oncology Research and Gene Therapy Research which frequently work together with professional clinical staff dedicated to the patients from the hospital.

Areas of specialisation

The Aranu de Vilanova University Hospital encompasses main medical and surgical specialities and has the necessary forms of healthcare to cover all these areas, including clinical services and clinical support units, university educational centres and public health service companies. Research centres, laboratories and other installations complete the hospital's activities in healthcare.

Palliative and supportive care

The palliative care department was developed as a palliative care supportive team because it is an efficient and effective way to deliver this type of care in a University Hospital. It was founded in 1990 and has grown through the inclusion of professionals in the multidisciplinary team (doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists). Even if the main area or work is the oncology department, palliative treatment can be developed at any ward. The palliative care intervention is started early in the cancer evolution and there is fluent collaboration with the oncology staff. At the end stages of the cancer illness the palliative care team takes the responsibility guaranteeing continuum of care as inpatient, outpatient or at home. Palliative care research and University teaching are other key matters for the team.