Drassanes Express Programme
Descripció del projecte
The aim of this project is to relieve the overburdened Drassanes Microbiology Department and the Infectious Diseases Programme's Drassanes STI Unit at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, the main centre in Catalonia for screening for and treating these types of pathologies, receiving some 10,000 visits a year. The Drassanes Express programme helps to meet demand, avoids saturation of services and extends access so the population at risk (mostly men) can receive a quick diagnosis and early treatment.
How does the fast track work?
This “fast track” gives users direct access, without the need for referral from their GP. They can simply go in person, with or without an appointment, to the Drassanes Primary Health Care Centre. Once there, they fill out a questionnaire for deciding on the diagnostic algorithm, to determine the tests that need to be done, and can see their results online.
Notable improvements that come with Drassanes Express include obtaining lab results in under 3 hours. Where tests come back positive, users will receive treatment within 72 hours. The programme is run through the Drassanes-Vall d’Hebron Special Programme for Infectious Diseases, located at the Drassanes Primary Health Care Centre.
A new, innovative healthcare model
This programme has created a new fast-track STI-screening service that uses the latest information and communication technologies (ICT) and molecular biology technologies. It provides easy access for asymptomatic users with high-risk sexual practices, increases the system's efficiency, and reduces the saturation of public healthcare centres.
This innovative project for attending to and diagnosing STIs is the continuation of a pilot test launched in 2016. It is part of the strategic framework for the Generalitat of Catalonia’s 2016-2020 Health Plan and is subsidised with funds from the ERDF.
Institucions del campus involucrades
There are more than 3,000 nurses and nursing assistants at Hospital Vall d’Hebron. The work they do in the centre is vital and they are leaders both in nursing care and research. Getting to this point was a long process, as Mariona Creus, former nursing director, and Maria Àngels Barba, the current director, recall.
The winning proposal for the transformation of the Vall d’Hebron Campus is the project directed by Jordi Badia, Antoni Ubach and Miquel Espinet. The project presented by the architects includes a new research building for the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute, with an expandable area of 5,000 m2 and a budget of €15 million funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).
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 Vall d’Hebron Digestive Endoscopy Department, now run by Dr. Joan Dot, who took over the role from Dr. Josep Ramon Armengol, who runs WIDER in Barcelona (World Institute for Digestive Endoscopy Research), cares for 70 patients a day with complex procedures and is one of the centres leading the colon cancer screening programme.