The La Paz University Hospital, linked to 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, but also for many patients who are referred from different places of Spain to one of its expert units. This prestigious hospital is widely recognized for its range of specializations. It is a national and international reference center. Thus, it has 27 Reference Centers, Services and Units (CSUR), the largest number of reference units in Spain for treating complex diseases and pathologies, designated by the Ministry of Health. In addition, it has been the best valued national hospital by the Health Reputation Monitor for six consecutive years.

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 it also hosts the La Paz Institute for Health Research (IdiPAZ). In 2022 an ambitious remodeling will begin to expand and modernize all its facilities.

Severe Asthma Unit of La Paz University Hospital- Hospital Carlos III

The Accredited Severe Asthma Unit of Hospital Universitario La Paz- Hospital Carlos III, has implemented a care model of cross-cutting care for patients with severe asthma for coordinated follow-up in three monographic consultations: medical, pharmaceutical and nursing, where individualized care is provided to patients with severe asthma. It is located on the first floor of the Carlos III Hospital.

The high complexity of these patients and the fact that numerous risk factors and comorbidity concur in them contribute to the difficulty of their comprehensive clinical management. Currently, more than half of patients with asthma are not controlled despite receiving optimized inhaled therapy, requiring hospital management in highly specialized multidisciplinary units. The characteristics of these patients make close monitoring necessary, involving all health professionals involved in their care, both at a clinical and pharmacotherapeutic level.

The collaboration between the different specialties involved allows us to provide the patient with personalized attention that manages to improve their quality of life in all areas related to asthma.

The Hospital Universitario La Paz- Hospital Carlos III is thus a pioneer in implementing this model of physical and temporal convergence in the same area where the patient is the central axis around which their care revolves. Personalized attention in these monographic consultations is scheduled weekly from the Severe Asthma Unit, which includes health professionals from Pneumology, Allergy, Hospital Pharmacy and Nursing. They thus participate in the consensual decisions of the unit on individualized treatments and coordinate to give continuity to their clinical and pharmacological follow-up, contributing quality, safety and efficiency to the harmonized process of prescription-dispensing-administration of their treatments and their health results.