At the Psychiatry Department, our mission is to serve as the reference health care resource in the Barcelona Nord healthcare district for people with mental health problems and addictions. We offer a comprehensive service that is both effective and efficient, based on the professional quality of our staff, our modern facilities and coordination with all the mental health resources in the sector.
We currently have 10 beds in the Hospital, and thanks to a collaboration agreement with San Rafael Hospital, we also have an Integrated Adult Psychiatry Unit (UIPA), with 41 beds to admit acute psychiatric patients from the Barcelona Nord healthcare district.
Our goal is to lead the way in the design, study and research of more effective and efficient ways of addressing mental illness. We have created a model for the treatment of disruptive behaviours that is based first and foremost on the continuous advances made in neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry regarding the knowledge of how the human brain works, and secondly on continuity of care throughout the whole therapeutic process.
We have four outpatient clinics (adults, addictions, children and adolescents and traumatology) and a Psychiatry Emergency ward with six bays, part of the A&E Department of the General Hospital:
- Community Psychiatry Section
- Liaison Psychiatry and Interconsultations Section
- Children and Adolescent Psychiatry Section
- Addictive Behaviour Section
Portfolio of services
- Sexual dysfunction
- Chronic fatigue
- Psychiatric genetics
- Adult psychiatric interconsultations and liaison psychiatry
- Infant and Child psychiatric interconsultations and liaison psychiatry
- Gender violence
- Dual pathology
- Cross-cultural psychiatry
- Borderline personality disorder
- Attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity in adolescents and adults (ADHD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Drug Dependency Care and Monitoring Centre (CAS)
- Treatment of mental disorders that require hospital admission
- 24/7 whole-life psychiatric emergencies
- Treatment of mental disorders during pregnancy and postpartum
- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Mental disorders associated with 22q11 deletion
- Tourette’s Syndrome
On the other hand, we also offer suprasectoral programmes for the diagnosis and treatment of highly complex patients who are unable to receive adequate treatment at their centre in the Mental Health and Addiction Network of Catalonia.
Intrahospital and sectoral programmes
- Adult liaison psychiatry and hospital interconsultations programme.
- Infant and child liaison psychiatry and hospital interconsultations programme
- Infant and child attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity programme
- Drug dependency programme at the Vall d'Hebron CAS (Care and Monitoring Centre).
- Sexual dysfunctions programme
- Whole-life autism programme
- Whole-life Tourette’s syndrome programme
- Adult attention deficit disorder programme
- Adolescent and adult borderline personality disorder programme
- Whole-life cross-cultural and immigration psychiatry programme
- Post-traumatic stress and victimology programme
- Gender violence programme
- Damage reduction and assisted venepuncture programme
- Smoking treatment programme
- Psychiatric care for pregnancy and postpartum programme
- Whole-life foetal alcohol syndrome programme
- Genetic Psychiatry Programme
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.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.