We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
The Paediatric Rheumatology Unit (PRU) at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital sits within the Rheumatology Department and is tasked with specialist care of locomotive system inflammatory disorders and other autoimmune diseases affecting paediatric patients. It consists of two rheumatology specialists with specific training in paediatric rheumatology disorders, Dr Estefanía Moreno Ruzafa and Dr Mireia López Corbeto, a specialist in Paediatrics with specific training in paediatric rheumatology, Dr Laia Martínez Mitjana, and a nurse specialising in rheumatic disorders in children, Julia Vivancos Pons.
The Paediatric Rheumatology Unit has always been a centre of reference within our Rheumatology Department. We have a close relationship with other paediatric units with the aim of setting up common strategies for diagnosing, treating and monitoring our patients.
Some of the conditions that we diagnose, monitor or treat most frequently are:
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The PRU takes part in a multitude of research and clinical trials. All of them are approved beforehand by the hospital’s Ethics Committee (CEIm). The main lines of research are directed at the application of new techniques and procedures that, in the short, medium and long term, allow us to improve diagnosis and treatment of particular diseases.
Internationally, the PRU takes active part in European studies lead by the PRINTO (Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation) and the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PRES). It actively collaborates in the European Pharmachild project on pharmacovigilance funded by the European Union. Furthermore, due to a long standing record in knowledge about and classification of autoinflammatory syndromes, it actively collaborates with the European EUROFEVER organisation.
Rheumatology resident doctors do a 4 month turn in the Paediatric Rheumatology Unit and Paediatrics residents have the chance to do a turn at the Unit. The basic aim of training in this period is to get to know about handling the actual processes of our speciality. Apart from the hospital's residents, the PRU also frequently receives resident doctors from Paediatrics and Rheumatology at other hospitals, both in Spain and abroad.
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