Hospital admission

Hospital admission

Hospital admission can be:

  • urgent: since the IOV does not have an emergency department, urgent hospitalization, mainly in case of toxicity or complications, occurs through local emergency medical services or through the doctors on call of the IOV;
  • scheduled: scheduled hospitalizations are ordered by the specialist of the operative unit and can be:
    • in Day Hospital: single admission or recurring admissions, each lasting less than one day, for the provision of diagnosis and treatment services;
    • in Day Surgery: for surgical operations with a one-day or a less than/equal to five days hospitalization;
    • in Ordinary hospitalization in Padua or Castelfranco Veneto;
    • in Postoperative Intensive Care, in Padua or Castelfranco Veneto, when required and on the basis of an evaluation by the anesthesiologist.
    • in the Hospice, the residential structure dedicated to patients unable to receive adequate palliative care at home.

At the time of scheduled hospitalization, the patient must go directly to the ward, bringing with him or her all the necessary documentation and personal belongings.

Administrative certification of hospitalization

The electronic certificate of admission (INPS) must be requested from the medical staff at the time of entry into the ward. Other certificates attesting hospital admission, which do not report the diagnosis (for the employer, insurance, etc.) are provided together with the letter of discharge.

Copy of health documentation

Once discharged from the hospitalization, you can request a copy of your medical record or other medical documents. For information, call the Medical Records Office at 049 821 5643 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 and from 13:30 to 14:30.


The medicines that a patient is given during a hospital stay are prescribed and ordered by the Institute’s doctors. In order not to interfere with cancer therapy, any other medication must be authorized by the doctors of the department. For the same reason, doctors must be notified of any medications (including phytotherapics, homeopathic and supplements) taken prior to admission.

Money and valuables

It is advisable to bring only enough money for small purchases. The Institute is not responsible for money and valuables left unattended. Any loss of personal belongings must be immediately reported to the personnel of the department.


The Oncology Day Hospital of the IOV-IRCCS provides daily oncological therapies such as complex pharmacological therapies (chemotherapy, administration of biological or experimental drugs), supportive therapies (transfusions, hydration, administration of antibiotics) and some diagnostic-therapeutic procedures (thoracentesis, rachicentesis, paracentesis).

In Padua, the Day Hospital is located on the second floor of the Busonera hospital; it has 17 beds and 32 armchairs and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. The medical and nursing staff are present throughout the therapy to support the patient in every need.

The patient’s pathway

The primary objective is to guarantee a clear, comfortable and safe path for all patients who access the Oncology Day Hospital.
Here is a detailed guide from the first visit to the end of the therapy.

Access to the Day Hospital always takes place after the first visit with the oncologist which takes place in one of the clinics located on the first floor. During the first visit the doctor collects all the patient’s clinical data (clinical history, weight, height, any medications taken), those relating to lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, psychological needs) and examines the results of the blood tests.

With all the elements collected, the doctor explains to the patient the type of treatment indicated for his specific case, the frequency of administration and any side effects that may arise from the therapy.

At the end of the visit, the doctor delivers a letter containing a brief clinical report on the general conditions, the state of the disease and the therapeutic program, together with the indication for the next appointment with the relevant call number, both for the visit and for the administration of the prescribed therapy. Furthermore, any blood tests to be performed before the next visit are indicated.

If scheduled by the doctor, on the day of the oncology visit the patient goes to the sampling point, located on the first floor of the Busonera Hospital, at the time indicated on the booking sheet, to carry out the sampling. Once the sample has been taken or the venous access has been positioned, the patient waits for the results of the tests (just under an hour) before being called for the oncology visit.

In the oncology visit to confirm the therapy, the cancer specialist evaluates the patient’s clinical progress and, based on the blood tests, clinical conditions and side effects, decides whether to confirm, modify or postpone the treatment.
At the end of the visit, he gives the patient the booking sheet with the date and time of the appointment for the administration of the therapy in the Day Hospital, the discharge letter and the appointment for the next visit.

  • In order to optimize routes and reduce patient waiting times, from January 2024 infusion therapies are usually administered the day following the date of the visit.
  • The patient will then be able to return home after the visit and present himself directly at the Day Hospital on the day of administration at the indicated time.

On the day of the therapy, the patient goes directly to the Oncology Day Hospital 5 minutes before the appointment time indicated on the booking sheet. Directions to reach the seat or the bed where the therapy will be administered will be provided by the staff. The duration of therapy varies based on the type of drug and the pathology. No special clothing or nightwear is required: we only recommend wearing comfortable clothes.

While receiving treatment, the patient can, if he wishes, read, listen to music and use electronic devices. There is a refreshment area that offers some food for a snack.

The nursing staff is present in the room and can clear up any doubts and provide further information.


  • Reception: tel. 049 821 5919 (from 9:00 to 15:00)
  • Doctor on call: tel. 049 821 5631 (from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00)
  • For urgent matters outside office hours: contact your doctor or local emergency department.

Ordinary hospitalization

Ordinary hospitalization
WardReferring unitsVisiting hoursTo talk with doctors
Common Ward for Medical Oncology
and Radiotherapy

Busonera Hospital,
2nd floor

Nursing coordinator:
tel. 049 821 2975 (8:00 – 14:00)
Oncology 1

Oncology 2

7:00 – 8:00
11:30 – 14:00
17:30 – 20:00
Mon – Fri | 12:00 – 13:00

Surgical Wards

Busonera Hospital,
3rd floor
Soft-tissues, peritoneal and melanomas Surgical Oncology Unit

Breast Surgery 1
12:00 – 13:00
17:30 – 18:30
Mon – Fri | 12:00 – 13:00
Common Ward for Medical Oncology
Castelfranco Veneto

San Giacomo Hospital,
5th floor

tel. 0423 7323360423 732851

Oncology 3
12:30 – 13:30
17:30 – 18:30
Mon – Fri | 13:00 – 14:00
Surgical Wards and Gastroenterology
Castelfranco Veneto

San Giacomo Hospital,
2nd floor

Week Surgery
Castelfranco Veneto

San Giacomo Hospital,
3rd floor
Breast surgery 2

Surgical Oncology of the Digestive Tract

Endocrine surgery

Urologic Oncology

12:00 – 13:00
17:30 – 18:30
Surgical Wards
Mon – Fri | 12:00 – 13:00

We do not recommend visitation by children under the age of 12. When the presence of a family member or other caregiver during non-visiting hours, including overnight, is required, authorization must be obtained from the department coordinator. In case of need, the patient can ask the coordinator to consult the list of persons authorized by the IOV to provide assistance.

Intensive care Padua

Intensive care is located on the 3rd floor of the Busonera Hospital.
Visiting hours are from 14:00 to 15:00 and from 20:30 to 21:30. Only two family members are allowed at a time.
For clinical information, doctors are available to family members of intensive care patients at 1.30 pm.

Intensive care Castelfranco Veneto

Intensive care is located on the ground floor of the San Giacomo Hospital.
Visiting hours are every day from 15:00 to 20:00. Only two family members are allowed at a time.
Information on the patient’s health status is provided to family members every day at 15:00 and at 18:00. The director of the Unit receives by appointment.


The Hospice is located on the 5th floor of the San Giacomo Hospital in Castelfranco Veneto. It belongs to the Pain Therapy and Palliative Care Unit.
Visits to patients are allowed every day from 8:00 to 21:00 with the possibility of night assistance by prior arrangement with the staff.
If you wish to bring a minor to visit, please inform the doctors and / or the nursing coordinator.

Hospitalization: what to bring with you

Use the following list to check that you have all the documentation and personal effects necessary for your scheduled day or overnight hospitalization.

  • For foreign patients:
    • identity document, valid passport or equivalent identification document with photo; for patients of the European Community / EFTA: mod. S2 (ex form E 112).
  • Administrative documents:
    • valid identity card or passport;
    • TEAM health card (bar code);
    • any insurance policies (only for private hospitalizations).
  • Clinical documentation, if available:
    • previous discharge letters;
    • previous medical records;
    • radiology films and reports;
    • any other exam reports.
  • Any medications being taken with dosage.
  • Personal effects:
    • pajamas;
    • slippers;
    • dressing gown;
    • underwear;
    • personal hygiene products;
    • material for the care and custody of any prostheses.

To avoid tripping and falling, it is advisable to wear closed slippers and to fasten the pajama belt and robe.


The decision to discharge a patient is made by the ward doctor. However, the patient can, under his or her own personal responsibility, ask to be discharged even against medical advice. The patient will be required to sign an appropriate form. On the day of discharge, the ward doctor gives the patient a discharge letter, usually addressed to the family doctor, which contains all the useful contact details and plan for future visits and exams. The doctor also provides the patient with any hospitalization certificates required for insurance, work or for exemption of health care costs. He also returns any other medical records that belong to the patient. The discharge can be:
  • to home, with possible activation of territorial protocols of protected discharge (IOV personnel contact the health district of residence and the family doctor of the patient so that the patient is guaranteed suitable home care services);
  • to another sub-acute or residential hospital.
The continuity of service is an integral part of the NHS and guarantees the continuity of medical assistance after hospitalization. It is activated by the ward doctor to protect the needs of the patient and his or her family.

Last modified: 08/04/2024 10:19

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