The La Paz University Hospital, part of the Autonomous University of Madrid, was opened in 1961 as part of the hospital network of the National Health System. It is the referral hospital for an area with a population of 750,000. This prestigious hospital is widely recognised for its range of specializations.


The La Paz University Hospital has around 1,300 beds in four buildings: a General Hospital, Rehabilitation and Trauma Hospital and a Children’s and Maternity Hospital. There are 45 operating theatres and we have 7,000 qualified employees. There are about 50,000 admissions annually, more than 200,000 patients are treated by the emergency services, and more than 1,300,000 outpatients are seen. There are medical and nursing students (both pre-graduate and postgraduate) and we also host the La Paz Medical Research Institute (IdiPAZ).


Oncological patient care takes place in the Medical Oncology Service, the Radiotherapy Medical Service and in the Palliative Care and Symptom Control Units. The Medical Oncology Service has a Translational Oncology Unit and a Clinical Trials Unit. The Oncology Department interacts with all the other services and units in the La Paz University Hospital.

The Medical Oncology Service is divided into clinical areas, each one dedicated to particular tumour pathology. Each year, 8,640 patients receive periodic follow-ups, 14,400 receive chemotherapy, while 1,600 new patients are added. There are 1,300 admissions per annum to the Medical Oncology Department.

Palliative and supportive care

Hospital Universitario La Paz Staff, Madrid, Spain

The hospital provides two types of Palliative Care services: Palliative Care Unit (PCU) and Palliative Home Care Teams (PHCTs). The PCU has a Hospital Support Team which acts as an internal consultant between the different hospital services and the Inpatient Unit. The Inpatient Unit is located in the General Hospital. It has 13 beds in single rooms for patients in advanced stages of disease presenting acute symptomatic problems. In total, in the PCU there are three physicians, a psychologist, a social worker, two advanced nurses, nine clinical nurses and seven assistant nurses.

The Palliative Home Care Teams, which cover the entire population of the catchment area, have been operating for over 15 years. In total there are four physicians, four nurses, a nursing assistant, a psychologist, a social worker and a number of part-time administrative staff. The mission of the PHCTs is to assist primary care physicians in monitoring patients who meet the established criteria for terminal illness.

Additional contact

Contact Person:  Alberto Alonso Babarro, MD. PhD
Email address: alalonso.hulp@salud.madrid.org

Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain

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