Paediatric emergency care
Care for patients under the age of 16 who present a medical or surgical emergency. Care for psychiatric patients is up to the age of 18. Certain patients with very specific, chronic paediatric illnesses are attended even after they reach the age of 18.
The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Patients arrive of their own volition or are referred from their primary care centre (CAP) or from another hospital.
We have a 24-hour observation ward with 11 beds and an outpatient clinic (Monday- Friday from 9 am to 11 am) for monitoring patients.
Proximity to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (UCI-P), Neonatal Unit (UCI-N) and operating theatres facilitates the referral of children in a critical or surgical condition which requires them.
A leading Paediatric Trauma Primary Care Centre (AITP).
Once the patient's stay in Emergency Care is over, a digital medical report of the family visit is drafted, along with a copy of the complementary examinations carried out, where necessary.
If patients are released, they are referred to their normal paediatrician for monitoring, always following the same line of work.
Education and Training
Training programme for resident paediatric doctors, by means of a four-month rotation and healthcare duty; they undertake a theoretical and practical programme in order to obtain a basic knowledge of the speciality.
As part of the continual training section, periodic clinical and bibliographical sessions are held in the service.
Courses held every year: Emergency care for suspected food poisoning, a paediatric immersion programme for first-year residents, and collaboration in initial paediatric trauma care, a joint course with Primary Care.
Participation in the Catalan Paediatrics Society's Emergency Group, including the presentation of clinical cases.
Paediatric trauma simulation programmes
Participation in multi-centre studies run by the Spanish Society of Paediatric Emergencies (SEUP).
Membership of the Spanish Paediatric Emergency Research Group (RISeuP-SPERG).
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.