HOW TO BE SEEN AT THE ICO
The Catalan Institute of Oncology is a public centre of the Catalan Health Service (CatSalut). In order to be seen at our Institute, you must be:
- Sent by your family practitioner or referral specialist.
- Sent by an emergency services specialist of one of the general hospitals (Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol or Hospital Universitari Doctor Josep Trueta).
- Sent by a regional hospital in our referral area.
DOCUMENTS NECESSARY FOR THE VISIT
- On your first visit to the Institute, you must bring with you all documents related to your illness and other health problems previously suffered (analyses, x-rays, CAT scan, biopsies, etc.).
- If you live in a different Autonomous Community and would like to visit our centre, the corresponding Health Service must authorise your visit to our centre.
- You must also bring your national ID document (DNI) and the CatSalut health card.
- If you have any type of secondary medical insurance, you must bring the corresponding authorisation in order to be seen.
OUR FOCUS IS ON THE PERSON
The ICO’s concern is for the person, in all his or her facets. Therefore, our activity centres on caring for the patient and his or her family members during the entire course of treatment and beyond.
Our work ranges from prevention to palliative care, covering diagnosis and treatment, and we have psychological support, social work, physiotherapy and health education services.
ON ARRIVAL: WHAT TO EXPECT
You will have come to the ICO to confirm or rule out the existence of a tumour or to begin treatment in the case of prior diagnosis. Our professionals will inform you at all times the steps that need to be followed in each case. Please do not hesitate to ask them for help if there is anything you don’t understand or a problem worrying you.
YOU WILL HAVE MORE THAN ONE PHYSICIAN
Although you will be assigned a doctor to head your case, in most cases a must larger group of professionals will oversee your treatment to ensure that it is the best possible. This group of professionals works as a team and is very familiar with your case. For that very reason it is possible that you are seen by a different doctor than usual. In addition, the ICO is a university hospital where medical specialists in oncology are trained. Therefore, don’t be surprised if one day you are visited by a resident (always supervised).
Please visit your ICO centre (L'Hospitalet, Girona or Badalona) to obtain basic welcome information for each of the centres.