Drassanes Express Programme

The aim of this project is to optimise screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the asymptomatic population. The Drassanes – Vall d’Hebron STI Unit, together with the Microbiology Laboratory, is the leading centre in Catalonia for the screening and treatment of this type of pathology, receiving around forty thousand visits per year.

The Drassanes Exprés programme provides a rapid response to demand, avoids overloading of the service and makes it easier for the vulnerable population to receive a rapid diagnosis and early treatment.

Project description

How does the rapid circuit work?

Users have direct access to the circuit, without needing to visit their GP first.

  1. They have to book an appointment by sending an email to the following address:  ccee.drassanes@vhebron.net.
  2. Once there, they will be attended by a nurse. After filling out a brief questionnaire, their needs will be determined and any questions they have will be answered. Then, the appropriate tests will be carried out, after giving them information about how the samples for the tests will be collected.
  3. When the tests have been completed, they can receive the results via SMS or by accessing an online portal. 

One of the best things about Drassanes Exprés is that the results of laboratory samples can now be obtained in under three hours. If a test is positive, users will receive treatment in under 48-72 hours.

The programme is run through the Vall d'Hebron-Drassanes Special Programme for Infectious Diseases and is located on Carrer Sant Oleguer 17.

 New innovative healthcare model

This programme has created a new fast-track HIV and STI screening service that uses state-of-the-art ICT and molecular biology technologies. It also provides easy access for asymptomatic and vulnerable users, which helps improve the efficiency of the system and reduce saturation in public health care centres.

This innovative project in the treatment and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a continuation of the pilot project launched in 2016.  It is included as one of the strategic lines of the 2016-2020 Health Plan of the Regional Government of Catalonia and is subsidised by the European FEDER  funds.

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