The University Hospital Ntra. Sra. de Candelaria is the reference hospital of the National Health Service, for the main part of the island of Tenerife and the islands Gomera and El Hierro. The hospital work started on April, 1st 1966. It Is a general tertiary care hospital and also one of the two university hospitals of the University of La Laguna.
The structure is a four connecting block building. About 2 km away is another block where different hospitalization wards and out-patient clinics are located.
The hospital has a nursing school.
The hospital has 840 beds, with all medical and surgical services, emergency department and intensive care unit. The hospital is also a reference hospital for liver transplantation. The majority of rooms are for shared occupancy, but the service has the possibility of single occupancy.
The staff comprise approximately 200 physicians and 800 nurses, physical therapeutics, laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, etc.
The hospital provides hospitalization, out-patient care, diagnostic procedures, emergency care and rehabilitation.
The hospital has the required technical equipment for the accurate medical and surgical care. Complete operating rooms, ICUs, radiologic services (including PET-scan and interventional radiology), laboratory services, pathology service and research unit.
The different specialities of the centre, grouped by departments, are the following:
- Department of Medicine: General Internal Medicine, Allergy, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Diseases, Medical Oncology, Rheumatology, Neurology, Haematology, Nephrology and Psychiatrics.
- Department of Surgery: General and Digestive Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT and Head & Neck Surgery, Injury and Orthopaedic Surgery and Urology.
- Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Department of Radiology, Emergency Department, Rehabilitation Medicine.
Palliative and supportive care
The Palliative Care Service (PCS) was established in 1998 and includes a consultation team, outpatient clinic, and an 11-bed inpatient (PC-IU). The majority of patients (over 50%) admitted to the PCS are discharged to home, for follow up by their general practitioner, after their complex symptoms are controlled. There are no hospices in the health area of the PCS. Seven physicians and eight nurses, with more than six years of experience in palliative care, constitute the palliative care team (PCT). Every physician can attend patients on hospital wards, palliative unit and hospital emergency.