The Paediatric Ophthalmology Unit at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital sits within the Ophthalmology Department and is tasked with specialist care of eye conditions affecting paediatric patients. It is made up of three ophthalmologists with specific training in paediatric eye pathology: Dr Silvia Alarcón Portabella, Dr Nieves Martín Begué and Dr Charlotte Wolley Dod.
In this Unit, we deal with all ocular pathology affecting children, from birth to 16 years old. We collaborate closely with the Ophthalmology Department at the General Hospital and are also in contact with other paediatric units, in order to establish common strategies in cases of systemic diseases affecting the eyes (juvenile idiopathic arthritis, intracranial hypertension, neurofibromatosis, etc.).
We are a benchmark national unit of expertise (CSUR) for the diagnosis and treatment of intraocular and orbital tumours in paediatric patients.
Some of the pathologies that we diagnose, monitor or treat most frequently are:
- Refractive errors and optical correction (glasses, contact lenses...)
- Tear duct pathology
- Orbital and eyelid pathology
- Ocular surface issues
- Paediatric cataract
- Eye inflammation
- Retinopathy in premature babies and other retina conditions
- Intraocular tumours
- Paediatric neuro-ophthalmology (pathology of the optic nerve and visual pathway)
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.
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.