Madre di Misericordia clinic

MADRE DI MISERICORDIA CLINIC

The Madre di Misericordia clinic is a facility of the Dicastery for the Charity Services which, in collaboration with the Directorate of Health and Hygiene of the Vatican State, offers free health care to those living in situations of indigence, marginalization or difficulty, referring directly to the principles of the Gospel and the Social Doctrine of the Church. The outpatient clinic is located in St. Peter’s Square, under the right-hand colonnade, and is open every morning from Monday to Saturday and on Wednesday afternoons. The Madre di Misericordia clinic, thanks to the efforts of 76 doctors, nurses and volunteers, provides more than 12.000 health care services to about 6.000 people each year. In addition to these, there are numerous interventions with mobile health vehicles at outlying areas of the city in the spirit of the outgoing Church as the Holy Father reiterates continuously.


History

The Madre di Misericordia clinic was established in 2015 by the will of Pope Francis, and entrusted to the Dicastery for the Charity Services under the guide of the Apostolic Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. The outpatient clinic, which consists of four visiting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, a reception room, a management office, two bathrooms and a storeroom, is located in the premises formerly occupied by the Vatican Post Office under the right-hand colonnade. The project, guided and carried out by the Governorate of Vatican City, was executed with sobriety and dignity, using modern techniques and complying with the sanitation requirements in force in the State.


Caring for the poor and those who are in need

The health care activities carried out in the outpatient clinic reflect the principles of the Gospel, taking care, in health care, of the needs of the poor. The Madre di Misericordia clinic provides free care to more than 6.000 people, including 1.200 new patients each year, from 132 countries. The average age of patients, about 30 percent of whom are women, is 48 years old with a third of patients over 60 years old. Health services offered include on-call visits, specialist visits, dental services, laboratory tests, nursing services, including dressings, COVID-19 swabs and vaccinations, and a podiatry service. Specialties at the outpatient clinic include anesthesiology, audiology, cardiology, general surgery, reconstructive surgery, vascular surgery, dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, obstetrics, otolaryngology, pediatrics, pulmonology, psychiatry, rheumatology, and urology. Diagnostic imaging services and second-level examinations are also performed in collaboration with external health facilities. Finally, at the outpatient clinic, necessary medicines and therapies are guaranteed free of charge to the poor and needy who come to the clinic, in collaboration with the Vatican Pharmacy.


The Staff

A total of 76 doctors, nurses, aides, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, non-medical health professionals, and podiatrists work at the outpatient clinic. All those who work in the Madre di Misericordia clinic provide their labor and time in an atmosphere of fraternal cooperation, serenity and in a spirit of service to the Gospel.


Outgoing Church

The Madre di Misericordia clinic makes use of mobile rescue units, used in collaboration with the Vatican City State’s Directorate of Health and Hygiene, which make it possible to make transfers to and from inpatient and emergency facilities and to reach the outskirts of Rome and Lazio to bring assistance and care.

 


Outpatient clinic hours – year 2024

ANNUAL REPORT – Year 2023

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