Clínica Universidad de Navarra (CUN) is an academic medical centre (It has Accredited Medical Training Programmes in 34 specialties) belonging to the Biomedical Campus of the University of Navarre. As such, it collaborates with the CIMA (Centre of Applied Medical Research) and the Schools of Medicine, Science and Pharmacy. This fact, along with its continuous investment in technology and research, enables the Clinic to remain at the forefront of scientific developments. CUN also forms part of the Navarre Institute for Health Research (IDISNA), thus collaborating with the research centres of the public health network of the region of Navarre.
Accredited by the Joint Commission International (an agency responsible for assessing practices related to patient care quality and safety) since 2004; CUN has been the first Spanish centre to obtain certification from the Joint Commission International for University Hospitals in 2014. Moreover, it is the Spanish hospital with the best medical care reputation (MERCO index 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014).
More than 700,000 patients have placed their trust in Clínica Universidad de Navarra since its founding in 1962. Patients of over 50 nationalities are treated in our centre each year.
CUN also owns a medical centre in the city of Madrid since 2004, where a new hospital facility of over 30,000 m2 is currently under construction and it is expected to be inaugurated in early 2017. This new facility in Madrid will host several medical specialties arranged in six main units that will encompass the most prevalent pathologies: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Unit; Oncology Unit; Women's and Children's Health Unit; Surgical Unit; Medical Unit and Central Medical Services.
Clínica Universidad de Navarra features over 254 consultation rooms, 154 examination rooms, 16 operating theatres and cutting-edge technology such as the DaVinci robot, the Cell Therapy GMP Laboratory, the Radiopharmacy GMP Laboratory for Nuclear Medicine procedures, three magnetic resonance units (of 1.5 and 3 teslas), three CAT scans (one of them equipped with a dual source), a haemodynamics room, an electrophysiology room, two interventional radiology rooms, three linear accelerators (including an Elekta linear accelerator), one PET and one PET-CT scan (being the first Spanish hospital to own this type of equipment along with a cyclotron), and it is one of the European hospitals being able to produce a largest amount of radiotracers to refine PET diagnoses. In addition, CUN has recently opened and Integrated Genomics Unit employing microarray, digital PCR and next-generation sequencing technologies in order to tailor therapeutic decisions as well as to early monitor tumor response to the treatment.
In Clínica Universidad de Navarra, the patient is the centre of all activity. The exclusive dedication of its doctors and more than 2,000 professionals, who work for the organization in a multidisciplinary and comprehensive manner, ensures that all individuals are dedicated the time and resources needed to ensure quality and personalized patient care. In addition to its extensive experience, CUN is also supported by the research and study centres of the University of Navarre.
Clínica Universidad de Navarra boasts 45 medical specialties comprised in different multidisciplinary divisions, all within the same building. This unique fact minimizes waiting periods, avoids unnecessary travel, maximizes patient comfort and enables the provision of personalized and quality patient care. CUN coordinates all its departments in order to obtain the diagnostic test results within 48 to 72 hours, and patients enjoy guaranteed access to treatment or surgery within less than a week.
Palliative and supportive care
A specific catalogue of procedures has been defined by the Palliative Medicine Team. Intervention begins with a personal interview by the Oncologist attending the patient, with a member of staff from the Palliative Medicine Team, in which the case is presented and intervention possibilities are evaluated. From this moment on, for inpatients, the Palliative Medicine Team carries out an interdisciplinary assessment by doctor, nurse and psycho-oncologist. Once the report has been produced, less than 48 hours are needed to determine the need for palliative care intervention.
Patient care, when the palliative care team is involved, is shared with the Oncology team, which in all cases, has the final responsibility for the patient's overall follow up. Decisions on symptomatic treatments are agreed upon, after consulting the Palliative Medicine Team. The centre Palliative Medicine Team does not have a specific inpatient ward at present and it attends its patients on the Oncology Department’s hospital ward. The Palliative Medicine Team offers preferential care for support and training, by informal processes from the Oncology Nursing Team.