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.
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.
Dr. Antonio Gil, head of the Hospital’s Gynaecology Department, explains that multidisciplinary work is vital to maintain a level of excellence in patient care. They treat different pathologies, including all cancers of the urogenital apparatus and breast cancer.
At Vall d’Hebron we are committed to humanising care, placing children and their families at the core. We offer integrated care, treating the physical aspects of the illness alongside the psychological and social repercussions. This is why our younger patients have access to toys, play areas and a host of activities that promote wellbeing.
The head of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplant Department at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Dr. Ramon Charco, explains the evolution of a Department that successfully treats both adults and children.