Maternity and Children's Hospital
The Maternity and Children's Hospital carries out basic healthcare activities, such as births, breast pathologies and common illnesses in children. We also offer specific and advanced treatments in high risk pregnancies, neonatology, paediatric transplants, surgery for congenital diseases or prenatal diagnosis. We incorporate specialisms such as cystic fibrosis or foetal surgery.
We provide care services from birth to adolescence. As a centre integrated into Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, we facilitate the transfer of child patients to adults within the hospital complex.
Regarding highly complex paediatric care in long-term treatments, there is the Care Park, Oncology Day Hospital and Paediatric Haematology. Opened in 2015, it is the first centre in Spain of this size and with these characteristics dedicated exclusively to caring for children with cancer. A 500-metre-squared facility with 12 treatment areas, four consultation rooms, a clinical trial unit, an examination room with anaesthesia support and an area where immunosuppressed children may be admitted.
Finally, it is worth mentioning the Cystic Fibrosis Unit, both for children and adults, the first in Spain and one of the first in Europe to have walls and doors covered in copper (the only material capable of eliminating more than 99% of bacteria) to prevent cross contamination. Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Unit is the only one in Spain that is part of the Clinical Trial Network of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital never closes. A big part of the credit goes to staff in the Maintenance and Works Department. Eduardo Martínez is the night shift A manager and he is responsible for ensuring that the work does not stop when the sun goes down.
The Citizen Care and Social Work Unit was born with the philosophy of actively collecting and responding to hospital patients’ suggestions and complaints. Vall d’Hebron was a pioneer in implementing this type of unit, promoted by then coordinator of the Citizen Care and Social Work Plan, Ana Bontempelli, and her successor, Marta Solé.
The work of nurses has in recent years been marked by computerisation. Although the essence of their job is the same, now they perform their work equipped with electronic tablets and computers. Montserrat Martínez, head of the hospital’s Knowledge and Evaluation Management Unit, analyses the changes.
What is a shift like for a hospital doctor? Dr. Rocío Rodrigo, in the Paediatric Emergency Care Department, tells us. Long nights and lack of sleep in a department where you need to treat both the young patients and their families.
There are more than 3,000 nurses and nursing assistants at Hospital Vall d’Hebron. The work they do in the centre is vital and they are leaders both in nursing care and research. Getting to this point was a long process, as Mariona Creus, former nursing director, and Maria Àngels Barba, the current director, recall.
Ana Alcántara has witnessed a large part of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s history. She started work just one month before the Traumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital and the Maternity and Children’s Hospital were inaugurated and formed part of the centre’s first Communication Unit.