Drassanes Vall d'Hebron Centre for International Health and Infectious Diseases
The medical professionals at the Drassanes Vall d'Hebron Centre for International Health and Infectious Diseases specialise in the detection and treatment of infectious diseases, from sexually transmitted diseases to illnesses brought in from abroad.
Early detection and a rapid response are the hallmarks of the Drassanes Vall d'Hebron Centre for International Health and Infectious Diseases.
The centre has medical personnel in the clinical environment and the diagnostic microbiology laboratory, a nursing team and administrative staff. Patient care is divided into five distinct areas: sexually transmitted diseases; international health and travel medicine; diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis; paediatric care for any of the diseases above, and a diagnostic microbiology laboratory.
Schedule and location
The Center's hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The vaccination schedule is from Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In summer, the schedule is extended in the morning: on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cr. Sant Oleguer 17
Sexually transmitted diseases
This area of the centre provides immediate help for patients with symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases. It offers fast diagnosis, specific treatment (usually administered at the centre during the same appointment) and specialist advice on primary prevention for those with sexual risk behaviours.
The Drassanes Exprés programme, which began in 2017, provides early diagnosis and a rapid response for people with no symptoms but who engage in sexual risk practices. A confidential test by appointment, when available, allows specific diagnostic tests to be carried out and the results are received by SMS or email in less than 6 hours. The test includes HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Users who test positive will immediately be offered an appointment at the centre.
International health and travel medicine
The professionals in this area provide specialised care to any patient showing symptoms compatible with diseases acquired in other countries, whether after a recent trip abroad or for immigrants from other zones with a risk of tropical or endemic diseases.
A dedicated and ongoing international travel advice programme is part of this area, and includes routine vaccinations and specific antimicrobial prophylaxis depending on the destination and time spent in the zone. You can request an appointment on the internet.
Lastly, a team of professionals leads the Community Health programme, which fosters healthcare integration for new arrivals from zones with a risk of tropical, endemic or communicable diseases, and to encourage some users to become “expert patients”.
Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis
The Drassanes Vall d'Hebron Centre for International Health and Infectious Diseases, which is located in the Raval district of Barcelona, also specialises in the prevention of tuberculosis. Risk factors such as smoking, alcoholism and drug addiction have caused a rise in the number of cases, although it continues to be a rare disease.
The Vall d’Hebron-Drassanes Tuberculosis Unit leads the field in both in-house and collaborative research, and each year diagnoses over 160 cases, mostly in the city of Barcelona.
Professionals in this area provide care for patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of tuberculosis, particularly when the lungs are affected. Due to the location of the centre, most patients are migrants or have a high level of social vulnerability. The care these patients receive is fully coordinated with the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) and includes monitoring throughout treatment of the disease until it is resolved.
This area also attends to a large number of people in contact with those with active tuberculosis in order to rule out infection and to provide appropriate treatment in each case. It also deals with groups of people at high risk of having an active or latent form of the disease according to ASPB recommendations and requests.
The centre has a group of paediatricians to provide care for children and babies in any of the centre's specialist areas. In other words, international health and travel medicine; diagnosis, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis; and, more recently, sexually transmitted diseases. Caring for these patients often requires coordination with other healthcare professionals looking after the parents in the same centre.
Diagnostic microbiology laboratory
The centre has a Microbiology Laboratory with doctors and nurses specialising in all the diagnostic methodology related to the diseases or clinical situations covered by the clinic. The laboratory has all the necessary technology to rapidly diagnose certain communicable diseases through molecular biology, and it also uses conventional techniques to diagnose and monitor some of these diseases.
The Microbiology Laboratory has played an essential role in the launch, maintenance and growth of the Drassanes Exprés programme.