The General Hospital works across all the medical specialisms and most of the surgical specialisms in adults. We are a level 3 hospital, which means that we specialise in severe, acute and critical patients and we handle clinical cases with the highest degree of severity and complexity.
We handle more than 1.2 million patients a year, many of whom also have the option to take part in clinical trials run by our research teams. This proximity between the labs and the hospitals gives us added value. The fluidity between research and care thus allows us to translate the knowledge from research and care into improving patient health.
Our fields of excellence are adult and paediatric organ and tissue transplants. We are pioneers in the creation of the role of transplant coordinator, who facilitates the transition and integration of paediatric patients to adults.
Another strong point of our care activity is our cancer care, which is based on clinical and basic research conducted on the hospital campus. We are the centre that handles most cancer cases in Catalonia, both in adults and children. We have highly specialised multidisciplinary teams and incorporate all preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects (including personalised therapy and the use of genome platforms).
The General Hospital also boasts the first haematology-specific day hospital in Spain. Opened in 2016, it is a 400-metres-squared space with advanced equipment that seeks to improve the quality of life of patients and save hospital admissions.
Located on the second floor of the General Hospital, the Stroke Unit incorporates pioneering equipment available to medical staff, such as a Doppler ultrasound unit, a cardiac echocardiography unit and a vascular neurosurgery room. In addition, it has non-invasive technology that assesses patient cerebral circulation and is controlled centrally.
Finally, it is worth mentioning the Cardiology Department, which runs the CSUR Unit for hereditary heart disease, so-called "family or congenital heart disease". Its advance heart surgery techniques, alongside translational research and multidisciplinary programmes, have given more positive results in this high prevalence disease: 250 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants.
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Vall d’Hebron University Hospital was the first in Catalonia to take donors and the first transplant coordinator in the country. The centre’s current Donation and Transplant Program coordinator, Dr. Teresa Pont remembers this time, highlighting the pioneering role Vall d’Hebron has had in this field.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital has one of the biggest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Departments in Catalonia. It is also a pioneer in the application of combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, as Dr. Guillermo Raspall, its former head, and Dr. Coro Bescós, the current head, know well.
The Vall d’Hebron Medical Oncology Department witnessed a vital moment in its trajectory when Dr. Josep Baselga joined in 1996. He laid the first stone of the current Department, now directed by Dr. Josep Tabernero, and converted the hospital into a world-leading centre.
The winning proposal for the transformation of the Vall d’Hebron Campus is the project directed by Jordi Badia, Antoni Ubach and Miquel Espinet. The project presented by the architects includes a new research building for the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute, with an expandable area of 5,000 m2 and a budget of €15 million funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).
Nurses who work the night shift have to combine healthcare work and the need to administer treatments with the patients’ right to rest. This is the case for Daniel Cencerrado, contact person for patient and nurse safety on the tenth floor of the General Hospital. He has been at Vall d’Hebron for more than four years.So, how does he do it? By having a team in which each person has a job to do. Daniel says working at night has its drawbacks, such as having to have strict bedtime habits. But it also has its advantages. Although sometimes you wake up and you have no idea what day it is.