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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 Unit. 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 two 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 the Hospital Support Team, the Palliative Care Consult Team and the Inpatient Unit. Hospital Support Team acts as an internal consultant between the different hospital services. Palliative Care Consult Team aims to improve hospital care for external patients living with serious illness. 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 five physicians, a psychologist, a social worker, three advanced nurses, eight 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 20 years. In total there are six physicians, six nurses, a nursing assistant, two psychologists, 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

Alberto Alonso Babarro, MD. PhD - E-mail

Last update: April 2020


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